Archive for September, 2011

Every Action Makes a Difference

Hello volunteers past, present and future! As the Food Bank Manager of Volunteer Services my job is to recruit volunteers. When my children were young my volunteering was mainly at school and with the teams the kids played on. Having a full time job made it difficult for me to find the time to help organizations like the Food Bank back then. Hunger Action Month is an opportunity for busy families and work groups to make a difference around their schedules.

You might be able to get your employer, school, social/service club, church group, etc. involved in Hunger Action Month and help spread the word.  There are some wonderful ways to help. Please take a look at the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar. This can be a great opportunity to have all ages involved.  Can you write  a poem or story about hunger and share it with friends, school, or family? Please send it to us so we can include it in our blog!

If you are looking for something to do this weekend consider Walnut Creek Family Fest. Don’t forget to bring a can of food and get a $1.00 off admission. Winterhawk Winery is also having an event on Sunday the 4th. Details of these and other upcoming events are on our events page.  Everything you do can make a difference to those in need of help in our community. Hunger Action Month  is a great opportunity to teach your children, family and friends ways they can make their community a better place. I hope that everyone reading this finds something that interests them and share it with others. You can really make a difference and the joy that will bring you is not measurable.

Win a Hunger Action Month T-shirt

We’d like to ask you to participate in Hunger Action Month by educating your fans and friends about hunger in our community. There are so many ways to play a role in fighting domestic hunger. These are just some of the ways to take action:

•    Watch the video of Matt Damon telling the real story of a man struggling with hunger on our website.
•    Share the video with your friends and family.
•    Get involved and find daily ways to make a difference with the Food Bank’s 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar.
•    Wear orange on Wednesdays in September.

If you are interested, we would also like to invite you to take part in the Hunger Challenge, September 12 – 16. During the Challenge you will get a feel for how a person receiving CalFresh Benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) would deal with daily eating on a budget of $4.72 a day. Would you be willing to eat on $4.72 and share your experiences with the Food Bank?

To learn more, visit the Hunger Action Month section of our website.

wear orange

Wear orange on Wednesdays in September!

In honor of Hunger Action Month, we will be giving away five orange Food Bank/Hunger Action Month t-shirts.

Enter to win: Leave a separate comment letting us know if you did action 1, 2 , 3, etc. below. Without a comment, we can’t pick your name and you’re not entered into this giveaway.
1.    Leave a comment telling us how will you take action against hunger this September.
2.    Like the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano on Facebook.
3.    Follow the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano on Twitter.
4.    Take the Hunger Challenge, September 12 – 16. Leave a comment letting us know you plan to participate in the challenge.
5.    Share this giveaway on Facebook. (Sample message: Enter to win an orange Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Hunger Action Month t-shirt at
6.    Tweet about this giveaway. (Sample tweet: Enter to win an orange Food @foodbankccs #HungerAction Month t-shirt at

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, 9/6 at 9 pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random.