Archive for 2010

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 need. The $10 cookbook is a collection of favorite family recipes from First Northern Bank employees, directors and shareholders. Proceeds from the bank’s centennial cookbook netted over $10,000 for 5 area food banks, with $4,787 going to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano which represents the proceeds generated from cookbook sales in Solano County.    

Last year, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano distributed 3.5 million pounds of food in Solano County alone, reaching 43,000 people a month. “We’ve seen a 30% increase in need in the past few years. And, some of our donors are now clients,” says Marilu Boucher, Development Director for the Food Bank. “Due to the generosity of the community, we’re keeping up with the demand.”

To read more, visit The Bank can be found on the Web at

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 as a “friend” of the Food Fight in your county.  DONATE ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31 FOR A 2010 TAX DEDUCTION!

John Muir Health employees forgo holiday party to help those in need

Back in 2008, the employees at John Muir Health decided to forgo their usual employee holiday celebration and instead have the company donate the money they would have spent on the party to the Food Bank. They have done it once again – for the third year in a row!

Ken Anderson, President and CEO and Ray Nassief, Vice President of Operations and Support Services came by on December to 20 to present us with a check for $50,000. I am blown away by the generosity of the John Muir employees.


Ken Anderson, President and CEO and Ray Nassief, Vice President of Operations and Support Services of John Muir Health present Larry Sly, Food Bank executive director with a check for $50,000.

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.

Contra Costa County vs Solano County

The Food Fight benefits neighbors in need in both counties and continues through December 31st. To learn how to support your county as a “friend” go to /events/index.html.

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 as a “friend”.  Learn more here:  /events/index.html.

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:

  1. 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 serve a
    full meal, and retroactive funding may be available.
  2. Federally-funded jobs in state child nutrition and WIC agencies
    must now be excluded from state lay-offs and furloughs.
  3. Nonprofits will be able to serve Summer Food at more sites and to more low-income children.
  4. New paperless options for universal meal service will mean that
    more schools with high percentages of low-income students will be
    able to feed all children at no charge.
  5. Children may now be certified to receive WIC benefits for a full year at a time, rather than six months.
  6. Less paperwork will make it easier for parents and family child
    care providers to enroll in the child care food programs, and so
    assure that more children have healthy food in child care.
  7. Nutrition education resources may be made available at no cost
    for parents and child care providers participating in the child
    care food program.
  8. USDA is required to make significant nutrition
    improvements in school meals and eliminate junk food from vending

Read the full details at

Learn more about how you can use your voice to advocate for legislation just like this at

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

Raising money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in Solano County:

David Ryan, editor of Suisun City Patch, will be at Munchies Coffee, 274 Sunset Ave. in Suisun

Carlos Villatoro, editor of Dixon Patch, will be at Solano Baking Company, 1160 Pitt School Road, Suite B in Dixon.

Raising money for the Marin Community Food Bank in Marin County:

– Jim Welte, editor of Mill Valley Patch, will be at the Mill Valley
Chamber of Commerce and Book Depot, 85-87 Throckmorton Blvd. in Mill

– Kelly Dunleavy, editor of San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch, will be at Marin Coffee Roasters, 546 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

– Brent Ainsworth, editor of Novato Patch, will be at Dr. Insomnia’s Coffee Tea Cafe, 800 Grant Ave. in Novato.

– Nancy Nation, editor of San Rafael Patch, will be at West End Café, 1131 Fourth St. in San Rafael.

Raising money for the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County

– Alexis Fitts, editor of Sonoma Patch, will be at Barking Dog Roasters, 201 W. Napa St. in Sonoma

– Karina Ioffee, editor of Petaluma Patch, will be at Aqus Café, 189 H. St. in Petaluma.

– Angela Hart, editor of Rohnert Park Patch, will be at the Golden Bean Coffee House, 101 Golf Course Dr. in Rohnert Park

– Keri Brenner, editor of Healdsburg Patch, will be at A Bean Affair, 1260 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg

Raising money for the Napa Valley Food Bank in Napa County:

– Louisa Hufstader, editor of Napa Patch, will be inside the Oxbow Public Market, 644 1st St. in Napa.

Come by one of the locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 and make a monetary donation to your county’s food bank so we can all help the food banks with expenses this holiday season.
The Patch editors are participating Dec. 16 in the company’s Give 5
initiative, the company’s way of giving back to the communities it
serves, as all employees donate five days a year to various volunteer

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 sales, and collect donations from fellow employees anyway they can. The  goal is to collect the most dollars per employee to win the competition and hold possession of the coveted Big Apple Trophy for one year! To donate, go to

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 especially grateful to Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller for his leadership in steering the child nutrition bill to final passage. We now urge Congressional leaders and the Administration to work to replace the SNAP offset used to partially pay for the bill.”

This important legislation provides $4.5 billion in new funding over the next 10 years to improve children’s access to healthy meals. By improving access to programs, especially during out-of-school times, the legislation will help close the hunger gap on weekends, afterschool, and during the summer.

During the last two years, the Food Bank – with your help – has worked alongside anti-hunger advocates across the country to secure the strongest possible child nutrition bill for our nation’s children. Our network has generated thousands of emails and phone calls to our nation’s leaders in support of the bill. We have hosted Congressman Miller at two different distribution locations to highlight the need in our community and to encourage support of the child nutrition bill.

The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate on August 5. The legislation must now be sent to the President for his signature before becoming law.

Take Action!

Call or email the child nutrition staff in each House member’s D.C. office to convey two messages:

  1. Thank them for voting in favor of the child nutrition bill.
  2. Urge them to act during the lame duck session to restore the SNAP cuts.

Child Nutrition Bill Scheduled for Vote on Weds – Your Help Needed for Final Push!

The child nutrition bill will go to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday. This critical bill will increase children’s opportunities for healthy meals and is an important first step to tackling both child hunger and childhood obesity. However, it remains uncertain whether the bill has the votes needed for passage, and your help is needed to ensure that it does.
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This is our last chance to get a child nutrition bill this year. Please take these two steps right now to make sure all children have the healthy start they need:

1.       Call your Representative. Dial 1-877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to be connected directly to your Representative’s office. Deliver this simple message:

Congress must not adjourn without passing the child nutrition bill. Please vote yes for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307)!

2.       Forward this action alert. Share this action alert with everyone you know and ask them to call Congress.

We have one last chance to make our voices heard. You can help push the child nutrition bill over the goal line by calling your Representative today!