Making a difference

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to work with Kim, a former police dispatcher for 13 years.  She volunteered at our Richmond Food For Children site helping to pack bags with food and carrying the food for our clients.  Afterward, Kim told me how much she enjoyed helping at our site.  She spent… Read More »


Walking to take a stand against hunger

Saturday, April 9th was a beautiful day in Vallejo for a walk to raise money locally and worldwide along the picturesque Mare Island Way Shoreline. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Hunger Walks help fight hunger and poverty around the world including the United States and Haiti. Neighbors from different faiths, cultures, and ages walked together to… Read More »

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Enjoy a Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden!

Take an express trip to the tropics on Sunday, June 26th at the Food Bank’s 11th annual Admiral’s Garden fundraising event! Mark your calendar and don’t miss this fabulous event of the summer. This year local master sugar artists/ cake decorators and pastry chefs have declared a Cupcake War in the Dessert Tasting Tents! Watch… Read More »

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Happy Birthday Mother Earth!

Every day at the Food Bank is Earth Day as we recycle aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, paper bags, plastic bags, shrink wrap and cardboard. But what we do best is help to reduce food waste. Here are some examples: 1. We work with several grocery stores and large food companies that give us… Read More »

There is still time to take the Challenge!

Guest post by Challenge Champion Patti Anderson: The Pound For Pound Challenge is a partnership among The Biggest Loser, Feeding America, General Mills & Subway to help Feeding America secure millions of pounds of groceries on behalf of local food banks across the U.S. The Biggest Loser motivates millions of viewers to lose weight and… Read More »

Sprint In Action

What better way to start the morning than picking up 731 pounds of food and $160 from a Sprint Marketing meeting! My contact, Laurie Capriotti, used this all day meeting as a kickoff for their big Sprint food drive in May. Every person arriving at the meeting had at least one bag of food and… Read More »


Weekly Challenge Recipe

Love chocolate chip cookies but tired of feeling guilty about eating them? Well here is a healthier guilt free option. “Healthified” Chocolate Chip Cookies From Eat Better America 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole wheat flour… Read More »


CA Egg Farmers Donate 25,290 Eggs to Food Bank

Northern California’s own NuCal Foods donated more than 25,000 eggs to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano last week to help families in need – just in time for the Easter holiday. Larry Sly our Executive Director says: “We are trying our best to give the people we serve the best nutrition possible.… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Volunteers

On April 7th a group of Wells Fargo volunteers from various areas across the country were in Pleasant Hill for a team meeting. They wanted to help the community and spend some time “team building” and scheduled some time to help at our Concord warehouse sorting room. Coordinated by Wells Fargo’s Lynn Camorongan from their… Read More »

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More than just produce

While the kids get produce every week through Farm 2 Kids, we include flyers so their parents to know that we have programs that can provide them with non-perishable items as well.  One student brought the flyer home to her grandmother and a short time later she called me.  Although I thought that she probably… Read More »

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Visit to the State Capitol

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was represented in Sacramento last week for the California Association of Food Banks Annual Legislative Day! Our Executive Director Larry Sly and I visited all nine of our Assemblymembers’ and Senators’ offices that represent Contra Costa and Solano counties. We joined over 30 representatives from 20 California… Read More »


Bunny Bucks

Give your special someone Bunny Bucks this Easter and help the Food Bank! Exclusively sold by California Pacific Federal Credit Union, your $3.50 Bunny Buck purchase includes a gift card, envelope and $2 bill Bunny Buck. This is real spendable currency. Proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Available only at… Read More »