By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Palisades Realtors Devin McNichol and Aaron Bernbach hosted the first McNichol Bernbach Group Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, November 23—collecting canned food to donate to Westside Food Bank in Santa Monica.
The community was invited to Rodeo Realty to donate at least two non-perishable food items in exchange for a free lunch from gourmet food truck, Ortiz Kitchen, which served quesadillas and tacos.
As part of the event, each guest was offered a raffle ticket, with a chance to win prizes from local Palisades businesses, including gift cards for restaurants, hair salons and movie tickets.
“We were trying to focus on bringing the community together and really helping strengthen it,” Bernbach shared after the event. “It’s already a very strong community, and we know that, but every little bit you can get everybody together helps.”
Thanks to the community, a total of 800 pounds of food was collected.
“We’re so proud of that number,” McNichol said. “We are looking to grow our business and grow our community on the Westside, and it was so cool to do that and give back at the same time—the two can go hand-in-hand.”
The winners of the raffle prizes will be chosen in the coming weeks, following Thanksgiving. Both McNichol and Bernbach shared they look forward to doing a food drive again next year.