Archive for July, 2010

Nutrition Bill Approved by House Education and Labor Committee

How do you feel when you miss lunch? Not so good. Irritable. Upset stomach. No energy. Hard to think. Try going without lunch when you’re seven years old. In Contra Costa and Solano counties, nearly 85,000 school-age kids are at risk of going hungry this summer.

But thanks to a bill approved by the House Education and Labor committee last week, they won’t have to. This legislation would spend $8 billion over the next 10 years on child nutrition programs. The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (HR 5504) was passed with bipartisan support and will improve the standards of food served in schools, including vending machines, increase reimbursement rates for schools – the first increase in over 30 years, and expand the national afterschool meals program so more children in afterschool care can have an additional snack or meal. The bill would also expand the number of low-income children eligible for free or reduced price meals. All of these improvements will help us reach President Obama’s – and our — goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015.

We urge you to contact your representative and senators and ask them to please pass this bill quickly.

This summer, many community organizations and schools offer FREE lunch to any child, 18 years and younger (through a program that is included in this bill). Please help us get the word out. Visit or call 800-870-FOOD for a location near you.

Successful Annual Fundraiser for Food Bank

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 10th anniversary of “An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”. With your support, we were able to raise over $100,000 to help fight hunger in our community!

If you missed the event or just want to relive the fun, you can visit to see what the event was all about. Those of you who completed our online survey by July 15 were entered into a drawing to win a $25 VISA gift card! And the winner is… (drum roll)… Lynne Phelps of Clayton! Congratulations Lynne!

We would also like to congratulate our Admiral’s Garden 2010  Roger Weiss Memorial “BEAT THE RECESSION” Drawing winners!

Grand prize $2,500 cash – Kathy Barnett

$1,000 Target gift card – Pat Narang

$1,000 Am Ex gift check – Margaret Williams

$1,000 Lowe’s gift card – Martin Hawkins

500 $1 Gold Coins – Julie Kluxdal

$430 Marin Bikes street bike – Sandra Johnson

$100 Master Card gift card – Lavelle Hallmeyer

$100 Master Card gift card – Maggie Peterson

$100 CVS Pharmacy gift card – Lavelle Hallmeyer

$50 Am Ex gift card – Herb Neddermeyer

$50 My Choice gift card – Laura Hulkurd

$50 My Choice gift card – Gary Beckman

$50 My Choice gift card – Rick Wolcott

USS Hornet tickets – Leonard Garcia

Autopia Car Wash – Bev Sherwood

Autopia Car Wash – Bobby Brown

Autopia Car Wash – Pat Farber

$20 Trader Joe’s gift certificate  – Alan Savage

Lindsay Museum – Ohfelia Gregg

Again, thank you to everyone who helped make the 10th anniversary of “An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden” such a huge success!