First Northern Donates $4,787 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

First Northern Bank, headquartered in Solano County, marked its 100th year in business with its employees selling a commemorative cookbook throughout 2010 titled, “100 Years and Still Cooking!” The project raised funds for local food banks and every dollar earned from selling the cookbook will go to help feed hungry children, adults and seniors in… Read More »

Last week for Counties Care Food Fight!

In the final week of the Counties Care Holiday Food Fight Solano County employees have pulled ahead of Contra Costa County employees! Solano County employees have raised $17,440.11 or $7.10 per employee compared to Contra Costa County employees $44,523.64 or $6.82 per employee.  The Food Fight officially ends December 31st.  Go to to donate… Read More »


Counties Care Food Fight

In week three of the Counties Care Food Fight, Contra Costa County employees have pulled ahead of Solano County employees! The race is on. Contra Costa County employees have collected $36,229.64 or $5.55 per employee and Solano County employees have collected $12,257.85 or $4.99 per employee. The Food Fight benefits neighbors in need in both… Read More »

Counties Care Holiday Food Fight week two

As the Counties Care Holiday Food Fight enters week two, Solano County is still in the lead with a grand total of $9,432.83 or $3.84 per employee.  Contra Costa County employees have collected  $16,790.11 or $2.57 per employee. The Food Fight runs through December 31.  You can help your county collect extra dollars by donating… Read More »

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Eight Facts You Need to Know NOW

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has many important and excellent provisions for child nutrition programs. Here are the eight facts about the Act that you need to know NOW: Every state will be able to participate in the Afterschool Meal Program, allowing afterschool programs in low-income areas in all states to receive federal funding to… Read More »

One-day fundraiser on Thursday

The 11 live North Bay Patch community websites are teaming up with their county food banks for a one-day fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 16. The editors from each of the 11 Patch sites are gathering monetary donations in their communities, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the county food banks. Raising money for… Read More »

Friendly “Food Fight” is off to a good start!

The Counties Care Holiday Food Fight is off and running! After the first week, Solano County is in the lead collecting $3,043 or $1.24 per employee. Close behind is Contra Costa County at $7,929.87 or $1.21 per employee. In this competition employees of both counties sell Food Bank Buy A Bags, hold raffles and bake… Read More »

House for passes Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) by a bipartisan vote 264 to 157. “We are thrilled that congress has passed this bill that will provide nutritious food to millions of children,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. “We are… Read More »

CalFresh logo

The Food Stamp Program is now CalFresh

On October 23, 2010, California’s Food Stamp Program was renamed! CalFresh – Better Foods for Better Living was chosen as the new name by people who are eligible for benefits. As stated in the state’s Frequently Asked Questions document, “The CalFresh name and logo capture the essence of our great state and our strong ties… Read More »

help end hunger this holiday season

Thanks For Giving part 2

You won’t believe all the help we are getting this holiday season to ensure that families in our community are fed! Look at all the wonderful support that has come in during the last few days! It is amazing. 11/22/2010 142 pounds of assorted food – Sons of Italy 70 turkeys – various anonymous donors… Read More »