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Fluffernutter! A sundae for the Food Bank.

During the month of January there sure was a lot of positive ‘Fluffernutter’ talk at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. To raise money for local food banks and build awareness of hunger issues within our community, Fentons Creamery created Myrtle’s Special Sundae of the month, The Fluffernutter, which was inspired by one… Read More »

Weekly Pound For Pound Challenge Recipes

After a short hiatus, we are back with your weekly Pound For Pound Challenge recipes. Try these yummy, healthy comfort foods and let us know what you think. Toasted Barley with Mixed Vegetables Healthified Tuscan White Bean Soup Triple-Berry Granola Crisp Words of healthy advice from our Challenge Champion Patti Anderson: Here… Read More »

Bingo Volunteers

Bingo Volunteers Needed

The Food Bank is trying a new fund raising opportunity with Blue Devils Bingo which is just down the street from us at 4065 Nelson Avenue in Concord. Every Monday morning we need to provide volunteers who work for several hours helping the bingo hall staff. The volunteers help set up the bingo, welcome guests,… Read More »

Pound for pound, we can fight hunger.

The local support we’re getting for the Pound For Pound Challenge is amazing!  We welcome and thank everyone who is helping our food bank earn a bigger share of the $1 million being offered by the Pound For Pound Challenge because this will allow us to feed more individuals and families in need. We at… Read More »

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Child Hunger Ends Here™

ConAgra Foods and Feeding America (national network of food banks) are joining forces to fight child hunger this spring. Nearly one in four children in the United States does not know where his next meal is coming from. This means that more than 17 million children are at risk of hunger. But there is hope… Read More »

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Did you know March is National Nutrition Month®?

This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, is “Eat Right with Color” and that is one of our favorite topics here at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Eat Right with Color is part of our daily work. In many… Read More »

Piggy Potluck

Piggy Potluck?

No, this isn’t the latest in culinary cuisine. It is future pig food! These 5 high school girl scout volunteers are taking old dry goods (pastas, rice, jello, cake mixes, etc.), opening them up and pouring them into this cardboard tote. A pig farmer in East Contra Costa County will pick up the tote of… Read More »



Millions of Mangos or so it seemed! Today we received mangos which we had never received before. So after seeing all of these mangos, I had to look on the internet to see what to do with one. We received these mangos from a produce distributor in Ventura. I am sure all of the California… Read More »

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Join National Call-In Day to Protect the Nutrition Safety Net!

As hundreds of advocates converge on Washington, DC for the 2011 National Anti-hunger Policy Conference, including representatives form Contra Costa and Solano counties, you can help us amplify our voice by joining our national call-in day today.  For those of you who will not be in Washington, you can still make your voice heard by… Read More »

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Where does the produce come from?

As the Farm 2 Kids Coordinator, this is probably one of the most common questions I am asked.  As part of our statewide association of Food Banks we are able to purchase surplus produce for pennies on the pound.  Fruits and vegetables grown by farmers in the central valley are often “not perfect enough” to… Read More »

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A Unique Distribution

As an Agency Relations Coordinator, I get to visit with the people who run the pantries and soup kitchens throughout our counties.  Though they all share the same mission, each one is completely unique.  I’m often impressed with the new ideas and inventive ways of solving problems that I see. This particular morning, I went… Read More »