You will soon be seeing artistic holiday food donation barrels at various Richmond community centers.
Richmond officials are set to host a citywide holiday food drive from Dec. 5 through Dec. 16 that will help the local Bay Area Rescue Mission feed the hungry this winter.
To promote the food drive, the Community Services Department will hold a daylong “Crafts & Cocoa” event on Friday, where attendees will decorate the food barrels while helping themselves to complimentary hot chocolate. The hot chocolate bar is sponsored by the locally owned Richmond Grocery Outlet on the corner of Macdonald and San Pablo avenues.
Those food barrels will become public art, as they will be placed throughout the city and will beckon locals to donate canned foods and other non-perishables.
Food donations will also be accepted at Friday’s event. Event volunteers can stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Ave.
“We’ll have decorating supplies ready for you, courtesy of Point Richmond Music and supplied by the local Mom & Pop Art Shop,” organizers said.
Food drive barrels will be placed at the following city facilities (subject to change) from Dec. 5-16:
• Booker T. Anderson Community Center, 960 South 47th St
• Community Services Building (Recreation Complex), 3230 MacDonald Ave
• Disabled People’s Recreation Center (DPRC), 1900 Barrett Ave
• May Valley Community Center, 3530 Morningside Dr
• Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave
• Parchester Community Center, 900 Williams Dr
• Richmond Annex Senior Center, 5801 Huntington Ave
• Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza
• Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza
• Richmond Plunge, 1 East Richmond Ave
• Richmond Public Library – Bayview Branch, 5100 Hartnett Ave
• Richmond Public Library – West Side Branch, 135 Washington Ave
• Richmond Senior Center, 2525 MacDonald Ave
• Shields-Reid Community Center, 1410 Kelsey St