Archive for August, 2010

Food Bank Salutes Mariko Yamada for Taking Challenge

At a time when stock prices are plunging, unemployment rates are soaring and many Americans are struggling with uncertainty regarding their economic futures; it’s encouraging to see elected officials like Assemblymember Mariko Yamada raising awareness about an issue that is affecting a steadily increasing number of Californians.

Assemblymember Yamada

Assemblymember Yamada (second from the left)

The Food Stamp Challenge is an opportunity to not only experience, first-hand, the budgeting constraints that millions of Californians face on a regular basis, but it’s also an opportunity to take stock of our individual eating and food-spending habits.  For instance, have you ever considered how much money you spend on food daily?  Weekly?  Annually?  How would you respond if you suddenly found yourself unable to enjoy or afford some of your favorite treats and dishes?

food stamps

Food stamps are no longer coupons like these. Benefits are now stored on an EBT card that looks just like an ATM card.

Assemblymember Yamada’s reflections of each day’s meals and activities give insight into the necessity of making smart decisions, and, oftentimes, difficult choices in the wake of severely limited resources.  We thank and salute Assemblymember Yamada for, once again, taking the Food Stamp Challenge!  We also want to thank our partners at the Yolo County Food Bank for working with Assemblymember Yamada on this project.  For more information about Assemblymember Yamada’s comments, see their blog at

Here, at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, staff members are joining Assemblymember Yamada by taking the challenge during the month of September.  September is Hunger Action Month, a month where the Food Bank asks everyone to take action in the fight against hunger.  Food Bank staffers are taking the Food Stamp Challenge from September 20-24.  Join us on September 25 for our Open House at our new warehouse in Fairfield where you can hear the experiences of those that took the challenge.  To learn more about the Food Stamp Challenge or more activities you can participate in for Hunger Action Month, visit

Motorcar enthusiasts hold fundraiser for the Food bank

The Northern California Kit Car Club is a Non-profit California Corporation that was organized to promote learning more about automobiles through the sharing of information among members and interested parties. They are an association of motorcar enthusiasts who enjoy creating, driving and displaying their own automobiles at shows, parades and promotions. These are supplemented by social events such as trips, gatherings, parties, rallies, etc.

One of the prime objectives of their social activities is the exchange of ideas and experiences that come with building your own car. Members of the club, collectively, represent a wide range of knowledge and experience that can be invaluable to those building a car or are contemplating building one.

The club’s yearly public event for 2010 is the 28th Annual Handcrafted and Special Interest Car Show at the Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Boulevard, Concord, on September 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Show profits will go to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. Spectator admission will be a $2 donation to the Food Bank. More information at <> or phone (707) 745-4361 or (925) 938-1442.

County Bar Association Rallies to Raise Funds for the Food Bank

The Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce results of the 2010 Food From The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  In May, 43 local law offices with more than 800 employees donated over $72,000 and collected 2,800 pounds of food.  Each dollar contributed can buy enough food for three meals.  The Food Bank and Bar Association are especially pleased by this year’s totals given current economic conditions.

This marks the 18th annual Food From The Bar fundraiser.  Over the years county attorneys and their staff have donated $820,000 and 53 tons of food, making the Bar Association one of the Food Bank’s largest supporters.

As a way to encourage competition and stimulate donations, the Bar declares winners in five categories based on highest per capita contribution.  The winners for 2010 are:

West County               – Lyon & Quintero

1-10 employees           – Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher

11-20 employees         – Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser

21-50 employees         – Morgan Miller Blair

51+ employees            – Archer Norris

Attorneys solicited goods and services from vendors, restaurants and other businesses that were auctioned or raffled.  Firms used many creative fundraising efforts:  past activities have included head shaving, creampuff eating, and “Fear Factor” type contests.  In mid-May you may have seen a parade of people in matching blue shirts during a 5K walk-a-thon around downtown Walnut Creek – an event that raised thousands of dollars in pledges!

Members of the 2010 Food From The Bar Committee

Renee Baptiste, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Joshua Bevitz, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP

Dan Birkhaeuser, Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser

Suzanne Boucher, Law Office of Suzanne Boucher

Chad Gallagher, Miller Starr Regalia

Barbara Jewell, Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines

Michelle Moore, Morrison & Foerster

Adriana Quintero, Lyon & Quintero

Lisa Reep, Contra Costa Bar Association

Lisa Roberts, McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers LLP

Ed Shaffer, Archer Norris (Chair)

Monica Sloboda, Morgan Miller Blair

Geoffrey Steele, Nevin, Ramos & Steele

by Ed Shaffer of Archer Norris, Chair of the Food From The Bar Committee