Written by The Business Journal Staff
PINC (Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community) — the local nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits — is gearing up for its annual party this weekend that has already had a positive impact on people in need.
PINC selected local nonprofit Feed Our Future as the beneficiary for the June 4 party. Acccording to Jessica Nazaroff, Feed Our Future CEO and co-founder, that will allow the organization to feed 100 more hungry children per week.
Feed Our Future delivers bags of food to local school children in need. Since launching the campaign in 2014, Nazaroff and cofounder Shelby Dart have seen the organization grow exponentially. Feed Our Future now reaches 260 elementary school students each week, providing a weekend’s worth of food to students who, for whatever reason, do not have access to adequate food at home.
Along with the addition of 40 children participating in the weekend meals program at Tilley Elementary School, Feed Our Future will be able to feed 400 students at three different locations.
“Being selected as PINC’s beneficiary is a huge honor for Feed Our Future. These funds will help us continue our mission and grow the number of children that we are able to commit to serving in our community,” said Nazaroff. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to grow with the help of PINC and are thankful for the support!”
PINC is a unique Fresno nonprofit founded in 2008 to benefit other local nonprofits in the community. It’s 8th annual PINC Party is to be held Saturday at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno. It will be a Greek-themed event with plenty of Greek food, a Greek band plus a DJ, then Greek dancers and, of course, ouzo. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.PINCFresno.org.
Since 2009, PINC has raised more than $250,000 for local nonprofits through its annual fundraising events benefiting Angel Babies of Hinds Hospice (2009); Marjaree Mason Center (2010); Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central California (2011); Break The Barriers (2012); Catholic Charities – Diocese of Fresno (2013); Transitions Children’s Services (2014); and the Holy Cross Center for Women (2015).
New burger joint for Firebaugh
The Fresno County city of Firebaugh will be the new home for Wayback Burgers, an expanding chain that should bring 15 new jobs to the rural town.
Wayback Burgers is slated to open later this summer at 46365 W. Panoche Road. It is the first Wayback Burgers location owned and operated by local franchisees Shoaib Tarar and Javaid Aslam of CalWest Management, Inc.
It is the ninth location in California for the Connecticut-based fast-casual franchise that touts its fresh burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. There are more than 120 Wayback Burgers locations in 26 states as well as internationally in places including Argentina, Brunei and Saudia Arabia.
“We are excited to announce the opening of our Wayback Burgers location in Firebaugh” Tarar said. “We believe that the area is a great fit for the brand, and we look forward to bringing excellent service and top notch burgers, fries, shakes and more for foodies in Firebaugh and beyond.”
A new store for River Park
California’s Organic Harvest, a store specializing in organic fruits and nuts, opened this week in the “niche retail” space across from Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island in Fresno’s River Park shopping center.
Founded by a second-generation family that emigrated from the state of Punjab in India in the ‘60s, California’s Organic Harvest was born from a 292-acre organic almond, raisin and prune ranch in Madera.
The store’s hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.