Sonoma Raceway will take the green flag on its 13th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in an effort to help those in need this holiday season.

Local food banks continue to face increased demand and decreasing funds, making this year's food drive, which spans Nov. 1-Nov. 25, more important than ever. All non-perishable food items collected will be donated to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank.

"As the holidays begin with all the joy of family gatherings, the bounty of special meals and the gifts shared, it may be easier to forget the simple needs of others; those who struggle to meet their basic need for food on a daily basis," said Shirley King, program director of Community Action of Napa Valley. "This is one place where you can make a difference in measurable ways."

Sonoma Raceway's annual food drive has generated more than 46,700 pounds of food since its inception in 2001, including nearly 10,000 pounds in 2012.

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

  • Sonoma Raceway, 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: Jennifer Imbimbo, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, CA, 95476.

Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank (www.canv.org) assists people in becoming and/or remaining self-sufficient by lessening the stress of meeting their basic need for food. They provide a variety of nutritious food to low-income individuals, families, seniors, and non-profit organizations throughout Napa County. Through unique partnerships, they facilitate four programs and maximize food availability and access.

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.

For more information on the food drive, contact Jennifer Imbimbo at (707) 933-3981 or .