Archive for 2008

Meet Bill, 2008 Volunteer of the Year

Bill comes to the Food Bank every day willing and able to accomplish any task. He folds, labels, stuffs and seals thank you notes. Bill’s work is invaluable as it is incredibly important that our generous donors are thanked promptly and properly. There are hundreds of acknowledgements to send out every day. Bill always tackles every task with a smile. He has counted mustard and relish packages for the Letter Carrier Food Drive. He has counted pens for the Aramark golf tournament. He runs the button machine better than anyone. He has labeled everything necessary with the change in our Post Office box. He bundles new paper bags in stacks of 50 for food drives. We would not be able to do the gated community food drives without Bill. He even fills in at the front desk as needed. We could not operate a single day without volunteers. There were 37,000 volunteer hours worked by our amazing volunteers this year. According to the Independent Sector report that equates to $722,000 in volunteer work performed by Food Bank volunteers in direct services. That does not even include all of the wonderful agency volunteers. Volunteers are truly the “seeds” that enable us to continue to grow and serve those in need.

What is the Food Bank?

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the communities of Contra Costa and Solano counties for over 30 years. We provide food to 98,000 hungry people in need every month through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distribute about 9.6 million pounds a year, enough food for 7.68 million meals! The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. The work could not get done without the help of the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to coordinate food drives, sort and pack the food, and help distribute it to their hungry neighbors. To learn more about the Food Bank and the work we do or to find out how you can help, please visit us on the web at or give us a call at 800-870-FOOD.