Archive for January, 2011

The Food Bank is Stepping Up to the Challenge!

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, a member of the Feeding America network,  is partnering with the TV show The Biggest Loser to inspire people through the Pound for Pound Challenge to do something good for themselves and good for their community by pledging either to lose up to 50 pounds or to maintain a current healthy weight.

pound for pound challengeWe are so fortunate to have Patti Anderson, a wonderfully inspiring local lady as our Pound for Pound Challenge Champion. Patti was a contestant on The Biggest Loser episode 9 and despite being voted off early she was determined not to let that early dismissal derail her from her “get healthy” goal. If you would like to join us and the thousands of other local residents to “Lose Nationally, Feed Locally” we would love to have your support. Participation is easy, all you need to do is sign up and pledge your weight loss goals at For every pound you pledge, the Pound for Pound Challenge will donate 11 cents to Feeding America – enough to deliver one pound of groceries to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The more sign ups and pledges a food bank has from its area, the more funds it receives.

People Making a Difference

I went to talk to a group of middle school students this week who had organized a food drive at their school.  The school is a pretty “normal” school, not in the richest or poorest area of the community.  The students were justly proud that they had raised $621 to help their neighbors.

The next day, I met with a philanthropic community member who gave me a check for $25,000.  She too was doing what she felt she could to help hungry people.

I love my job because I am part of people making a difference in the lives of people in need.  Whether people give $25, $621 or $25,000 they are making a difference.

You can learn more about how to make a difference by visiting

Calpine Corporation donates $10,000 to Food Bank

Even though I have been with the Food Bank forever, I still get amazed at how people’s willingness to make a difference gets channeled into the reality of food going to a hungry person.

Calpine Corporation is a company that wants to make a difference in the East County community where they do business.  Through their connection with Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover they see that a donation to the Food Bank can help the low-income people in Supervisor Glover’s district.  And because we are able to get coverage of this generous donation from Dave Padilla at KCBS Radio, hopefully we can motivate other people who want to make a difference to step forward.  The connections that come from a generous impulse are fantastic.

Calpine donates $10,000

Calpine Corporation’s Business Manager Karri Campbell presents $10,000 to Larry Sly, Executive Director of the Food Bank in response to County Supervisor Federal Glover’s appeal for donations.