Casino Collects Over 50,000 Pounds of Food During Holiday Season, Breaks Record


Thunder Valley Casino Resort, in Lincoln, California, and Whitney Oaks Golf Club announced that they have broken Placer Food Bank’s record for the largest amount of food collected during a food drive. Together the businesses have collected more than 50,000 pounds of food, shattering Placer Food Bank’s former record of 35,449 pounds. This total includes cash donations as well as non-perishable items.

The holiday food drive began on Thursday, November 13 and ended Thursday, December 18. The food drive was a collaborative effort between Thunder Valley Casino Resort and Whitney Oaks Golf Club, owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community. “On behalf of the entire Thunder Valley and Whitney Oaks team, we are thrilled by the outcome of this holiday food drive event,” Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort, said in a news release. “We are grateful for all of the patrons and Team Members that contributed to the food drive event, and we are very proud to be able to invest in our local community and work with the Placer Food Bank to help end hunger in our community.”

“We greatly appreciate the support of the patrons and employees of Thunder Valley and Whitney Oaks as well as the entire United Auburn Indian Community,” said Dave Martinez, Executive Director of Placer Food Bank. “We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community that continues to support our efforts. It is through this community support and our network of 80 agencies that we are able to impact nearly 75,000 individuals each month.”

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The Placer Food Bank estimated that the donation received from Thunder Valley and Whitney Oaks provided at least 400,000 meals to families in need during the holiday season.

To learn more about the Placer Food Bank and their programs visit

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