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Stamp Out Hunger 2011 – Event Recap

Every January, even when the holidays are barely past us, we start planning for our largest food drive of the year, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on the 2nd Saturday in May. This year we received over 171,000 pounds of food from you and our other supporters in our… Read More »

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2011 Food From The Bar – Walk-A-Thon

Guest post by Kerstin Firmin and Theresa Hurley at Contra Costa County Bar Association: On Friday, May 13th, the 2011 Food from the Bar Drive culminated in a flurry of fun activities organized by the Walnut Creek law firm Archer Norris. Kicking off the day in downtown Walnut Creek, dozens of walkers in matching blue… Read More »

Calling All Artists!

Welcome our newest ongoing food drive: Bella Terra at 318 B Main Street in Vacaville! They are a “paint it yourself” ceramic pottery and mosaic studio. Here is what their website,, says: Come in and enjoy the ideal environment for fun and creativity. Whether you are a parent looking for new ways to entertain… Read More »

Commit to being healthy

Guest post by Patti Anderson, Pound For Pound Challenge Champion and Biggest Loser Season 9 Contestant: There are many things in our lives that we have little control over and being on a tight budget may be one.  Eating healthy and living a fit lifestyle is within our control and can be achieved on a… Read More »


Swing and Dance with us on June 26th!

Take a musical trip back in time to the 40’s and 50’s as the fabulous Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet join us again at our “Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden” annual fundraising event.  Audiences of all ages get a thrill from their fun performances that mix saucy and romantic WWII tunes. You… Read More »

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Fashionistas to Help Feed Families

Guest post by Barbara Glass – Publicity Coordinator, GFWC Clayton Valley Woman’s Club: On April 2nd, the GFWC Clayton Valley Woman’s Club (CVWC) hosted their Sixth Annual Festival of Tables and Fashion Show. The event benefiting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was a huge success. Over 184 women attended the sold-out event… Read More »

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Just added to the line-up: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse!

If you love a cold beer on a summer day you will love the newest addition to our Admiral’s Garden Tasting Tent line-up, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse! Sample BJ’s handcrafted Brewhouse Blonde and Jeremiah Red beers, Root Beer and Orange Cream handcrafted sodas, paired perfectly with delicious Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps. Learn about our other… Read More »

Surplus produce goes to those in need

I spent the first week of May at the Feeding America “Appreciative Inquiry” gathering in Columbus, OH. Several hundred people came together to talk about the work we need to do together to distribute a billion pounds of surplus produce to hungry people throughout the United States. As usual, there is a great deal of… Read More »

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Res Ipsa Jokuitor – Kickoff for Food from the Bar

Guest post by Kerstin Firmin, Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Communications Coordinator: Res Ipsa Jokuitor, the Comedy Night kickoff event for Food from the Bar, was a rib-splitting success. The mood in the Back Forty BBQ banquet room was festive as more than 130 guests mingled, ready to be entertained by comedians Rocky LaPorte and… Read More »


Pizza for breakfast? Of course you can, if you healthify it!

Whether you have little time to spare (Pepperoni Pita Pizza) or have a few extra minutes to make the dough from scratch (Healthified Homemade Pizza) we’ve got two great pizza recipes for you to make at home. Pepperoni Pita Pizza     Recipe from The Biggest Loser The Biggest Loser Season 7’s Sione Fa says of this… Read More »

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Announcing Shabang Steel Drum Band at the event of the summer!

We are so excited to announce the authentic Caribbean calypso steel drum music of Shabang Steel Drum Band will be joining us at our annual fundraising event on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Mare Island in Vallejo. Their engaging melodies and lyrics set to the infectious rhythms of Calypso, Reggae, Zouk and Soca, and highlighted… Read More »

Food Bank Participates in Nutrition Study

Guest post by Lindsay Johnson, Food Bank Program Director: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is one of six California food banks currently working with researchers from UC Berkeley who are documenting current nutrition-related policies and practices in relation to the provision of foods to low income families through emergency food services. This… Read More »