Big and Small Toys for All

Guest post by Food Bank volunteer Aaron Yuen: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was invited to the California Autobody Association East Bay Chapter’s 14th Annual Toys for Tots Model Truck Competition. The dinner event took place at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00pm. As a Food… Read More »

Sutter Hospital provides $6000 to Hungry Solano County Neighbors

Sutter Health has generously selected the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to receive a $6,000 donation as part of a quarter-million-dollar donation to 29 food banks throughout Northern California. “I’m very pleased to give what we can to our local food bank, especially when so many families are in need,” stated Terry Glubka,… Read More »

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Giving Back is Elementary in Lafayette

Guest post from Nancy Beliveau, Lafayette Elementary School 4th Grade Teacher: Lafayette Elementary School’s PTA has been sponsoring an annual Food Drive for over 20 years, collecting over 2,200 pounds each year. The classes collect food in their rooms all week. On Friday, a quiet group of parents arrive with wagons and rolling carts to… Read More »

Fast Food Stamps

Should Food Stamp recipients be able to use their benefits to buy fast food? The program now known as CalFresh in California (and SNAP federally) was initiated during the depression to help end hunger and encourage domestic consumption of agricultural commodities.[1] The goal of the program is “to alleviate hunger and malnutrition … by increasing… Read More »

Gift Cards Galore!

Guest post by Kristy Osborn, Extra Helpings Coordinator. In the month of November, the Food Bank distributed a $15 Safeway gift card to each client in the Extra Helpings Food Program and will be doing the same at the end of December.  Each year, the Food Bank distributes gift cards in the program during these… Read More »

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Time for Turkeys

The Walnut Creek Sports and Fitness Club 19th annual Turkey Trot was held on Thanksgiving morning. Participants were asked to bring food for the Food Bank and staff were on hand with their truck and barrels to collect the food starting at 6:30am. Food was deposited by people dressed as turkeys, pilgrims, and even a… Read More »

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Santa Dollars

Looking for a unique stocking stuffer? Look no further! Santa Dollars, available at any California Pacific Federal Credit Union branch, are here, and proceeds benefit the Food Bank! Santa Dollars are real, spendable dollars. Surprise  kids, grandkids, or even Aunt Betty in her Christmas card. For more information visit www.calpacfcu.org. Happy Holidays!

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Agency Store Gives Help with Dignity

Guest post by Inventory Logistics Coordinator, Charisse Ross. The Vacaville Storehouse is a distribution center for food and clothing to needy families of Vacaville. The food is provided by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Food and clothing are given free of charge to those who are in need. Some members of our… Read More »

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The Luxury Peanut Butter

As food costs have risen over the past few months the one item known as a staple in many households is quickly becoming a luxury. Peanut Butter, the kid friendly food that is such a great source of protein, has risen nearly 60% for the purchasing manager at the Food Bank of Contra Costa &… Read More »

4 Stars for the Food Bank

For the third consecutive year, the Food Bank has been awarded the highest rating (Four Stars) by America’s premier independent evaluator on nonprofit organizations, Charity Navigator. In a July 1 letter to Executive Director Larry Sly, Charity Navigator CEO Ken Berger wrote, “We are proud to announce Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has… Read More »

November Events Recap

When Wood Group Field Services employees decided to help out the Food Bank there was something a little fishy about it. They chartered two fishing boats from Berkeley Marina and motored out on Saturday, November 19th with high hopes of bringing back some Dungeness crab and rockfish, as well as some cash for the Food… Read More »