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Archive for May, 2011

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 with the indigenous sound of steel drums or steel pans, will take you on a virtual Caribbean vacation.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, these steel pan players have been the darlings of the corporate party scene in Northern California, Tahoe and Reno for more than a decade.

Please join the Food Bank and local TV and radio personalities, and sample a multitude of delicious foods and beverages at our 11th annual “Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”. Learn more: www.theeventofthesummer.com.

Shabang Steel Drum Band

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 research is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research, 2010-2011.

In recent years, it has become apparent that many families rely on emergency food services for more than a few days each month, and there is concern about the healthfulness of food provided through emergency food pantries in light of the obesity epidemic and concerns about diet-related chronic disease. The emergency food system has been based on the distribution of shelf stable, low/no cost food for years. This food is frequently highly processed and contains large amounts of salt and sugar.

There are 3 components to the study. All Feeding America food banks were invited to participate in a national online survey in March assessing current organizational policies regarding the nutritional quality of the food provided. Six food banks, including Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, will have their food inventory data analyzed for the period 2007-2010 to evaluate whether actual foods received and distributed have changed during this period. As part of this second component, the research team will conduct short interviews with the Executive Directors of the Food Banks and key staff members regarding the provision of healthy foods. The third component will include food pantry visits at the end of May to five emergency food pantries at each of the six food banks for a total of 30 pantry visits. At the pantry visits, the pantry director will be interviewed, and a survey team will conduct a short interviewer-administered questionnaire with 15 randomly selected clients regarding their food preferences and pantry experiences.

Participating in this survey will provide the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano with client and pantry feedback, as well as giving us the opportunity to see how we compare with our peers with regard to providing nutritious food. This study will help us assess how effective and extensive our increased distribution of produce has been throughout the communities we serve. Information provided will help us with future decisions regarding the improvement of nutrition provided by the emergency food system.

Stamp Out Hunger

The community of Clayton and Moraga must love their post offices because they always bring food to the food bank barrels in the lobby year round. The wonderful letter carriers and window clerks know that hunger affects many people in our counties.

On Saturday May 14th, the Clayton and Moraga Post Office letter carriers and letter carriers  in our two counties and around the country will make collecting food easy. When they deliver your mail, have a bag of food by your mailbox for them to take back to the Food Bank truck and volunteers waiting at the post office. Last year, our letter carriers  collected over 209,000 pounds of food in one day for those in need in our two counties.

Clayton Post Office

Clayton Post Office

Moraga Post Office

Moraga Post Office

Together, we can all STAMP OUT HUNGER!

Cupcake War!

Local cake decorating experts declare a Cupcake War! Master cake decorator and sugar artist Jan Loomis will join other local cake decorators/pastry chefs Tracy Wirta, Mitchel Hughes of Spun Sugar, Berkeley and Marla Erojo of Cakes made by M.E., Oakland  in a cupcake competition in the Dessert Tasting Tents at “An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”. Celebrity guests will judge and guests will sample!

The tropical event of the summer takes place on Sunday, June 26th on Mare Island in Vallejo! Make your reservations online today!