Archive for February, 2010

Two Cents a Meal Grant

Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship Deacons, Dan Sanders and John Schmidt are here with church members Duncan Miller and John Hom presenting a check for $2,000.00 to Barbara Stanley of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship in Fairfield presenting a donation check to Barbara Stanley

Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship in Fairfield presenting a donation check to Barbara Stanley

This check represents a “Two Cents a Meal Grant” from the Presbytery made possible through their congregation’s donations to 2 Cents-A-Meal every second Sunday. The monies collected also help Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship feed the hungry through their Community Out Reach Programs at Mission Solano and their Nomadic Program on the third Friday of each month.  A BIG thank you to all Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship members and volunteers.

Helping Keep Pets And Their People Together

More and more pets are finding themselves homeless because their families are facing tough economic times.  AniMeals Pet Food Bank is a partnership of Contra Costa Humane Society, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Pet Food Express that helps financially challenged families and individuals keep their pets in the home.

AniMeals works with community groups, local businesses, and compassionate individuals to collect pet food and, through partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, distribute these goods to our community’s neediest families.

The PMI Group in Walnut Creek is hosting an ongoing Pet Food Drive and so far has collected 79 pounds of pet food for the AniMeals program. The Contra Costa Humane Society estimates that 1,000 pounds feeds 100 medium-size dogs/300 medium-size cats for about a month.

AniMeals takes donations of unopened and unexpired dog and cat food here at the Contra Costa Humane Society office in Pleasant Hill as well as at other pet-friendly sites around the county.

You can find AniMeals barrels in the nine Contra Costa County Pet Food Express stores as well as several local vets and pet food/supply stores. (Pet Food Express offers 20% discount on any AniMeals donations

AniMeals also offers other opportunities for support, including monetary donations, sponsorships, hosting your own food drive, and volunteering.

To donate to AniMeals, click here.  For more information and opportunities with the AniMeals program, please email

Please help us keep pets and their people together!

Holiday Food and Fund Drives

Take a look at just some of the many ways the community supported the Food Bank during the Holiday Season. Please browse our blog to see other ways individuals, businesses and groups have been helping the Food Bank.

During the holiday season, ABC7 and Safeway sponsor the Share Your Holiday food drive in local stores. This year it brought in over 92,000 pounds of food — a tremendous help throughout the winter months. Community members purchase non-perishable groceries and put their bags into the barrels in the front of Safeway stores. In addition, ABC7 and Safeway sponsor a one day event in which the Food Bank teamed up with the Alameda County Community Food Bank at the new Safeway Store in San Ramon. This one day we were able to raise over $128,220 and 5,747 pounds of food. We are truly grateful to all those involved in this event for their time, hard work and energy to make the event successful.

Beginning on November 1 all bay area Whole Foods Markets kept barrels in their stores to receive non-perishable food donations for the holiday months during the CBS5/Whole Foods Market Food for Bay Area Families food drive and collected 3,728 pounds of food.  On Dec. 8, Whole Foods held a 5% Day in support of Food for Bay Area Families which made a donation of $8,697. During the entire drive, CBS5 also ­generously provided on air-time to ­recognize donors.

For many years, ABC7/Safeway Thanksgiving Meals has continued to help us raise the money needed to make the holiday baskets for our neighbors. This year, we were able to make over 19,000 holiday food baskets! Our special donors — who gave $28,238 and 827 turkeys — had the honor of having their names announced on the 6:00 evening news by ABC7’s Spencer Christian.

In an effort to lend a helping hand this holiday season, CVS pharmacy stores partnered with local food banks to aid in the fight against hunger during the NBC Bay Area’s Holiday Food Drive. Volunteers at bay area stores handed out information and asked for food donations on November 21, making a huge impact to this food drive. The drive collected, 16,115 pounds of food that will be distributed during the winter months to those desperately in need.

Other Holiday Food drives include Travis Credit Union: 5,267 pounds, Food Maxx: 3,562 pounds, Save Mart: 2,360 pounds, and Lucky: 26,454 pounds. Over 800 community food drives were held during the 2009 holiday season and every single one made a difference to the Food Bank and the people we serve. Many thanks to all of those involved for the much
needed food.

Throughout the year the Food Bank is the beneficiary of so many wonderful events and food drives thanks to our generous community.

CBS 5 recognizing the Student Food Drive

CBS 5 recognizing the Student Food Drive

ABC’s Laura Anthony  and County Connection

ABC’s Laura Anthony and County Connection


Creekside Church at ABC7 and Safeway's Share Your Holiday event

Travis Credit Union

Travis Credit Union decorated their food drive barrels for the holiday season

Moraga CVS Store

Moraga CVS Store with the store manager and volunteers from Key Club and Kiwanis

Helping our Neighbors in Need

Throughout the year the Food Bank benefits from many wonderful events and food drives thanks to the generous community. Every holiday season, several communities in Contra Costa and Solano counties host neighborhood food drives. The spirit of these neighborhoods is what the season is all about!

Food Drive Monetary Donation Food Donated
Apple Hill $                                445.00 2614
Blackhawk $                          47,696.54 11344
Brickyard Landing $                                315.00 615
Country Club Cleaners $                            2,955.00 1628
County Connection $                                260.00 1735
Crow Canyon $                            2,101.00 2033
Diablo $                            1,985.00 1768
Kensington Vet Hospital 166
Kensington  Ace Hardware 103
Kensington Mechanics Bank 89
Magee Ranch $                                180.00 1156
Promontory $                                  55.00 253
Rossmoor $                          16,854.50 11240
Round Hill $                            4,125.00 2376
Stonegate/Stonebridge $                            3,630.00 1681
WestCAT $                                100.00 377
Whitegate/Bryan Ranch/Bryan Meadow $                            4,960.37 2586
Crow Canyon

Crow Canyon





Magee Ranch

Magee Ranch


Round Hill


Pound For Pound Challenge

For the second consecutive year, Feeding America will partner with General Mills, Subway, 24 Hour Fitness, Walgreens, The Biggest Loser to encourage Americans to lose weight through the Pound For Pound Challenge. The program is built around the incredible success of The Biggest Loser, a reality show that challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe manner through diet and exercise. Individuals can go to to pledge their weight-loss goals or donate money to the challenge online. (Remember every $1 donated to the Food Bank provides 3 meals to people in need in our community.) For every pound pledged, the Pound for Pound Challenge sponsors will donate 14 cents to Feeding America, up to a maximum donation of $800,000. We even have a facebook group you can join to share ideas and get support.