Sonoma Raceway kicks off its season of giving with the 14th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which will span from Nov. 3-24.

All food collected through the drive will be distributed to two Bay Area food banks: Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. These donations will assist those in need and help alleviate increased demand during the holidays at these local food banks. 

"The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is grateful that Sonoma Raceway is helping race fans fight hunger in their community," said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. "The food collected will help the one in eight residents who rely on the food bank. Together, we can make the holidays more hopeful for children, families and seniors who struggle to put food on their tables daily."

Sonoma Raceway's annual food drive has generated more than 54,000 pounds of food over the past 13 years, including nearly 7,400 pounds in 2013. 

Non-perishable food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Sonoma Raceway (at Gate 1 or the main office), 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 800-870-RACE (7223), www.racesonoma.com.    
  • Sonoma Market, 500 West Napa Street, Sonoma, (707) 996-3411, www.sonoma-glenellenmkt.com
  • Glen Ellen Village Market, 13751 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, 707-996-6728, www.sonoma-glenellenmkt.com
  • RKA, 7698 Bell Road, Windsor, 800-349-1-RKA, www.rka-luggage.com.
  • Food items or donations can also be mailed to the raceway: Laurence Lea, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, CA, 95476.

RKA Motorcycle Luggage will continue its annual tradition of hosting a motorcycle group ride on Saturday, Nov. 22, which will include a pit stop at Sonoma Raceway to drop off collected food items and take a spin around the Sonoma Raceway road course. For more information and to sign up for the ride, visit www.rka-luggage.com.   

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (www.foodbankccs.org) has served the community for nearly 40 years. The food bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. They serve approximately 188,000 hungry people every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies. 

FISH (www.friendsinsonomahelping.org) has been helping Sonoma Valley residents in times of need since 1970 and provides not only food, but clothing, transportation and emergency rental assistance to Sonoma Valley residents in need. FISH has been a beneficiary of the raceway's food drive since its inception in 2001.