Bobalu Continues Tradition of Giving Back for the Holidays; Maria Lopez Shares
OXNARD, CA - When the holiday season arrives, the give-back initiatives thrive! Bobalu Berry Farms has marked another year of successful community service initiatives, once again coming together to support a local non-profit. And a little friendly competition doesn’t hurt either!
When Ventura County’s Food Share, a member of Feeding America, recently hosted an annual CAN-tree event allowing businesses and organizations to build holiday trees from canned food, Bobalu was sure to harness the occasion.
“We love being part of this community every day, but also look forward to this event and the holiday spirit we all get when we participate as a group to support this cause,” says Maria Lopez of Bobalu.
The strawberry provider competed among 100 other participants to build the most creative holiday trees to win various awards, including the coveted People Choice Award.
Following the competition, all the canned food—more than 300 trees’ worth—is used by Food Share to provide meals for those in need within the community. Each tree takes about 600 cans to build, which results in a significant annual food drive during the holiday season.
This year, the Bobalu team pulled out all the stops and built a strawberry field right in the middle of the plaza in downtown Ventura, a press release explained. Two rows of cans were covered by a blanket of real strawberry plants that fed into one giant strawberry tree built entirely by cans.
This year was the 12th year the Food Share CAN-tree event was held in Ventura, and the fifth year Bobalu participated in the event. As the company noted in its release, participation in the event is part of a greater effort to support its community.
Voting has now ended, so the Bobalu staff is still waiting to hear if they won the award. However, after supporting its communities with a hefty food donation, some would say the supplier has already won!
We applaud Bobalu on these admirable efforts to support those in need during the holiday months.