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Guajardo to help raise funds for Inner City food bank
QSanAntonio.com, November 9, 2013

Former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo is joining with former City Councilwoman Patti Radle on a community project that seeks to raise $30,000 for a local food bank before Thanksgiving.

“Patti has a pure heart and is a tireless advocate for her area of town,” Guajardo told QSanAntonio. “Radle and her husband Rod run the nonprofit Inner City Development that serves one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Antonio. The money raised will help that agency’s emergency food bank.”

Inner City Development is a non-profit that has provided food and basic life support to the Westside of San Antonio for over 40 years.

The fundraising drive is called Thanksgiving 365. The philosophy is that Thanksgiving time brings out the best in people in their being mindful of the many people who are hungry in our city.

A group of fundraisers began fasting last week as part of the campaign. Each of these fundraisers has committed to raising $1000 each. The fast ends on Thanksgiving.

This year, Inner City Development is hoping to raise the $30,000 it needs to keep the emergency food pantry stocked for a year with the basics to feed the hundreds of families who come for services each year. Inner City is projected to serve over 70,000 meals this year to families who are in crisis.

"We are concerned that demand at the emergency food pantry will increase, given the pending cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamps program," says Radle. "About $5 billion in cuts took effect November 1, and the House has already passed a bill that cuts another $39 billion from the program over the next 10 years."

Several high-profile San Antonians are participating including: Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, Alvaro del Norte lead singer for punk band Pinata Protest, David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio and Asia Ciaravino, CEO of The Playhouse San Antonio.

“I’ve joined as a sponsor because I know that our community is ready and able to help this cause,” says Guajardo. "I am asking people to give $25 or an amount they are most comfortable giving."

Guajardo says that aside from collecting donations, she’s encouraging others to participate in collecting funds as well. “Together we can do so much,” she says.

"Thanksgiving 365 is an effort to keep Inner City Development’s food pantry stocked all year round and to raise the consciousness that hunger is not a Thanksgiving issue, but an issue all year round,” says Radle.

To make a donation to Thanksgiving 365, make out your check to Inner City Development and mail by November 22 to Elena Guajardo, 6807 Farrow, San Antonio, TX 78240. To participate as a fundraiser contact Patti Radle z at (210) 224-7239 or email to innercitydev@yahoo.com.