Sonoma Raceway is accelerating into the season of giving with the 21st annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, bringing back physical donations in place of last year’s virtual campaign.

Race fans and community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items to Sonoma Raceway (Gate 1), or Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority (2nd St. West) now through Nov. 17. All food collected will be distributed to Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) in Sonoma.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic forced the raceway’s food drive to go virtual last year, the annual program has collected more than 39 tons of food since 2000.

“Taking care of our community by feeding the hungry is a top priority for Sonoma Raceway”, said Jill Gregory, raceway executive vice president and general manager. “We encourage all Sonoma Valley residents to participate in this effort and make donations now to support FISH and our friends and neighbors.”

Recommended non-perishable food items include tuna and canned meat, peanut butter, canned soups, stews and chili, dry beans, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, high protein granola bars and trail mix or nuts.

Food items can be dropped off in the collection bins at the following locations:

  • Sonoma Raceway (Gate 1 or Main Office), 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 800-870-RACE or www.SonomaRaceway.com
  • Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority, 630 2nd Street West, Sonoma. 707-996-2102, www.svfra.org.
  • Broadway Market, 20511 Broadway, Sonoma. 707-938-2685, broadwaymarketsonoma.com
  • Checks made out to F.I.S.H. can also be mailed to the raceway: Chelsea Lazzari, Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

F.I.S.H. provides temporary or supplemental help to residents in need of assistance, generally but not limited to: food, clothing, rent, utility assistance or transportation to medical, dental or social service appointments. More than 160 F.I.S.H. volunteers and numerous contributors work together to act as a lifeline to those in need and keep families in Sonoma Valley from becoming homeless or going hungry.

For more information about Sonoma Raceway’s Food Drive, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com or contact Chelsea Lazzari at CLazzari@SonomaRaceway.com.