Richmond Food Bank executive director Hajira Hussain (pictured at left with food bank volunteers, in a file photo) was thankful for support through last weekend’s fundraiser.
A fleet of classic cars participated in Honk 2020.
Photo by Alex Tseng
Honk 2020 salutes frontline workers, supports food bank
By Don Fennell
Published 3:10 PDT, Fri June 26, 2020
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
Usually a blast of the horn in vehicle traffic is a sign of anger. But Honk 2020 was just the opposite.
This unique drive-by event held outside Richmond Hospital June 20—the first day of summer—was a chance for locals to show their support for frontline workers. During the coronavirus pandemic, frontline workers’ efforts and dedication have been unwavering.
Organized by the Richmond Sentinel, Skytalk Media and WesternDriver.com, participants were also urged to further show their support by donating to Richmond Food Bank.
The food bank says every $1 it spends enables it to collect and distribute about $6 worth of food for people in need. The Honk 2020 event raised $1980 for the food bank, meaning nearly $12,000 worth of food will be distributed to the Richmond community.
“Like most other food banks, the Richmond Food Bank relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and individual donors,” says executive director Hajira Hussain. “The Honk 2020 initiative brought community members together in support of such a meaningful cause. Many people are facing an increased hardship putting food on the table and they continue to access the food bank on a regular basis.”