Archive for February, 2009

Realtors Give Back

Mike Handlin, newly elected President of Contra Costa Realtors In Motion, presented two checks on February 24 at their weekly meeting.

Lisa Sherrill, Community Relations Manager, from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano received a check for $600.00. Margalit Ir, the groups treasurer, is a lender with Bank of America. B of A will match the donation turning it into $1200!!

Mary Perez, founder and director of Christmas for Everyone received a check for $500. Her organization receives food from the Food Bank.

Coming Soon!!! Save the Date!!!!
Fill the Food Bank shelves before Easter with Contra Costa Realtors in Motion Spring Harvest Campaign.

Donate non-perishable food so no one goes hungry while enjoying live music from High Cotton, tasty appetizers from WOW Gatherings and networking with friends on March 25, 2009 5:30 – 7:30 pm at California Custom Carpets, 6815 Dublin Boulevard in Dublin.

For more information please contact: Chairwoman Cathy Lee, secretary Contra Costa Realtors in Motion and owner of C.L. Design Services Home Staging at 925-351-6118 or Chairman Jim Walberg, Keller Williams Danville at 925-260-8800.

How much does it cost to support a family?

How much must an individual earn to support their family? According to it would take more than three full-time jobs, earning minimum wage, to support a three person family in our community.

Check it out:
Living Wage Calculation for Contra Costa County, California
Living Wage Calculation for Solano County, California

New Feeding America video features President Obama

Last week as President Obama addressed the state of the economy, he acknowledged that many Americans are struggling with hunger and are turning to food banks for help. But as those people reach out, he noted, food banks across the country are often unable to keep up with demand. Watch the video from Feeding America to see what the President had to say.

Massive Economic Recovery Plan

Stimulus bill to create nearly 400,000 jobs in California, White House says. (read more here: What do you think of the bill? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Just ask an employee.

Learn more about the people who work at the Food Bank.
We will ask the same seven questions to different staff members each month.

1. Name: Don McCall

2. What is your position at the Food Bank? Grants Coordinator

3. How long have you worked at the Food Bank? 5 years

4. How/Why did you start working here? I was drafted while doing volunteer work during one of my several periods of unemployment.

5. Why do you enjoy working at the Food Bank? I like to feel that I am helping people who need a helping hand.

6. What do you like to do in your free time? Play the keyboards (music not computer).

7. Tell us one interesting fact about yourself. I’ve been to 30 countries on 4 continents. I’ve scuba dived to a depth of 200 feet.

Here’s a photo of Don and a tour group back when he started at the Food Bank.

This is Don dressed as the AT&T mascot, Patches, at the ABC7/Safeway Share Your Holiday Food Drive event.

Souper School

Kings Valley Christian School collected 1,368 pounds of soup for their 100th day of school food drive!
County Connection picked up the boxes of food from the school and delivered it to the Food Bank.

Local residents go to food banks for help

Check out this story that ran on ABC7 last night.
Many Bay Area people are standing in line for the first time at food banks.