Archive for March, 2011

A nickel can buy you a 2nd bottle of wine at BevMo! or a pound of oranges!

We all hear the commercial about “buy a particular brand of wine at Bev Mo! and the 2nd bottle is 5 cents”. That is a great deal for wine lovers! Our friends at the Bev Mo! corporate office in Concord (they do a great food and money drive every December), took this the next step and asked if we would like to come and get a bunch of nickels from the sale. A bunch was more like 3,597 nickels ($179.85).

When Bryan called, he said the money was in a plastic replica of a parking meter. How could I say no? So while someone is enjoying their second bottle of wine for 5 cents, we are receiving a pound of oranges for 5 cents. And to be correct 3,597 pounds of oranges. I would say that is a great deal for everyone!

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 out to Vallejo Seventh Day Adventist.  The pantry is run by Lynda and Larry Leach.  Each aspect of the client’s situation is considered and each need is anticipated.  In the back room are shelves of various clothing, toiletries, infant products, and shoes.  Each item is separated into subcategories according to gender and then size.  One room is exclusively used for items a homeless individual might need:  sleeping bags, blankets, and toiletry kits.  Even disaster kits are stacked high in crates just in case.

As for the food giveaway, the expert flow could only have been achieved by years of experience.  A bench and awning shelter the clients while they wait, a television greets children with something to their liking, and the food is set out like a store for clients to choose what they want.  This type of agency is aptly called a “choice pantry”.  The great part about this type of system is that the clients only take what they will actually eat, minimizing waste.

Weekly Recipes

Are you taking the Pound For Pound Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments below. Here are this week’s recipes to help you through the challenge (or just to try for fun).

Since mushrooms are in season I found this recipe.

Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mushrooms with Tofu

Then of course we can’t skip the dessert!

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

We would also like to thank everyone who participated on Sunday at Heather Farms Park in our very first Pound For Pound walk. It was a perfect combination of warm sunshine and crisp cool air that made our hour together for the 3.8 mile walk fly by. For those who were unable to make it, we hope to see you next Sunday 3/6, more details to come, stay tuned. Don’t forget to wear YELLOW & BLUE (great job Mario and Patti!).

Patti, Carl, Emily, Mario, Jim, Leo, Savanna and Nicole (taking the picture)

Please email me at if you are interested in future walks.