The dinner and auction — which Interfaith director Darlene Quinn said is vital to the charity’s bottom line — starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Father Fleming Hall at St. Bernard’s Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave.
The event costs $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight, and more information or tickets can be had by calling 836-5424.
• The next Saturday, May 14, the National Letter Carriers Association will pick up food that will be dropped off at Tracy Interfaith
Residents can leave nonperishable food near the mailbox — or drop off foodstuffs at the local post office — and postal workers will collect the supplies during their appointed rounds.
“This food helps us get through the summer months when donations tend to be down,” Quinn said.
• John Day, an Interfaith volunteer who for many years hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner, has one more idea to help raise money: a contest modeled on the new reality TV show, “Extreme Couponing.”
“If those people (on the show) can get $2,000 worth of food for $8, why can’t they go out and give it to us?” Day said.
Those who want to participate will be given a list of items Interfaith needs, and the person who can get the most food for the least money will win a grand prize and a trophy, with smaller prizes given to the next three or four best coupon clippers.
Those interested can reach Day at email@example.com.
But money and food aren’t the only way to contribute. Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kerri Tapia said that sometimes, time and effort can be the best gift, as almost every nonprofit around could use more manpower.
“We do want to encourage people to help out in whatever way that they can,” she said.