Urge Your Senators to Vote YES on the FY2012 Minibus Appropriations Bill

On Tuesday, November 1, the Senate is scheduled to vote on passage of package of bills, which includes the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Among those programs funded by the Agriculture Appropriations portion of this bill are the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP),  and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). (See… Read More »

October Events Recap

IHOP Walnut Creek would like to thank everyone who came out to support the Food Bank on Tuesday October 18th. A total of $842 was generated that day. We look forward to next year’s event being even bigger and better. Your support is greatly appreciated. ManorCare Walnut Creek celebrated its 20th year providing care for… Read More »

Bay Area Refinery Motorcycle Run/Food Drive

A beautiful sunny day on September 17th began with the roar of engines when over 100 motorcycle riders and custom car enthusiasts from the Bay Area refineries gathered at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, to celebrate the success of the 10th Annual Bay Area Refinery Motorcycle Run/Food Drive. They continued their ride… Read More »

SCARE AWAY HUNGER – Trick or Treat for Food

Guest blog post by Ken Dami – Public and Government Affairs Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company Golden Eagle Refinery – The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has partnered with Concord High School and the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery to “Scare Away Hunger”. Over 80 Concord High School students and teachers, supported by a… Read More »

Donor Spotlight – Bill and Terri Wygal

Bill and Terri Wygal are the owners of Bill’s Chairs for Affairs and Bill’s Ace Hardware stores. Bill’s Ace Hardware has been in business since 1964 serving the community and ensuring Grandpa Bill’s vision of providing superior customer service remains a priority. For more than ten years their businesses have been Certified Green, with Bill’s… Read More »

Pleasant Hill 50th Anniversary

The City of Pleasant Hill is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We have the opportunity to help the city celebrate by collecting 50 barrels of food in its honor by November 14. We have already collected 9 barrels of food at the Pleasant Hill Community Service Day last month. Navlet’s Garden Center (2895 Contra… Read More »

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Community Service Days

Pleasant Hill has done this for seven years, Walnut Creek has done this for one year and hundreds show up at 7am for pancakes. What is this? Community Service Days! Both the City of Pleasant Hill and the City of Walnut Creek host an annual Community Service Day where hundreds of residents get to choose… Read More »

Cub Scout and Boy Scout Day

On Sunday October 2, over 120 cub scouts, boy scouts and leaders attended our 1st Cub Scout and Boy Scout Day at the Food Bank. We created this special day to educate the scouts on why their November food drive, Scouting for Food, is so important and what happens to the food after the scouts… Read More »

CalFresh and Health Disparities: Is There a Relationship?

Guest post by Corinne L. Quinn, MSPH, CHES, Community Health Leader, The Network for a Healthy California–Gold Country Region, African-American Campaign. For approximately one year, I have served as a volunteer Ambassador of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, educating people on CalFresh eligibility and providing them with information about food resources.  Professionally,… Read More »

Stories from the Creek, Part 2

Guest post by John VanLandingham, Food Bank volunteer: Every month, approximately 100 people appear at St.Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek to receive free food distributions from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties. Many of those are collecting for more than one person. Here are some of their stories  “I’m collecting for… Read More »

Governor Signs Bills to Help Fight Hunger

Governor Brown has signed a number of bills that will help improve access to the CalFresh program and reduce hunger in California. Anti-hunger advocates have much to celebrate this year, as legislation signed by the Governor will finally end fingerprint imaging in the CalFresh program — a change we have championed for almost a decade.… Read More »

Stories from the Creek, Part 1

Guest post by John VanLandingham, Food Bank volunteer: Every month, approximately 100 people appear at St.Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek to receive free food distributions from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties. Many of those are collecting for more than one person. Here are some of their stories.  “I’m here because… Read More »