Taking Care of Seniors

Guest post from Charlene Burns, Senior Food Program Coordinator: The Senior Food Program is very dependent upon a large group of dedicated, hard working volunteers.  They are vital to the program’s success. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, 7-1-11, we have had 348 individuals volunteer with this program.  The majority of these volunteers help… Read More »

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A Thoughtful Gift

Kudos to Emily Bach and staff at The Bach Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Orinda for choosing to say thank you to their clients via the Food Bank.  Instead of sending clients the usual holiday gift of candy or other personal item, Emily decided to make a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank… Read More »

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Congressman Garamendi Visits the Food Bank

At a time of record need and our Food Bank and partner agencies are stretched thin, cuts to nutrition assistance would be devastating for struggling families and our community. Charity simply cannot make up the difference if programs like SNAP, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or WIC is cut. We… Read More »

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County Food Fight 2011

Let the annual Counties Care Food Fight begin!  2011 marks the eighth year that employees of Solano and Contra Costa counties will help raise funds for their respective neighbors in need, and vie for bragging rights to the Big Apple trophy.  The winning county is determined by the amounts raised per employee. What began in… Read More »

Boy Scouts Go Door-to-Door to Collect Food for Food Banks

One of the nation’s largest single-day food drives takes place this Saturday, Nov. 19, when Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food for local food banks. In the Bay Area, more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their supporters will be “Scouting For Food” by picking up boxed or bagged non-perishable… Read More »

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Concord Teen Helps Fill Bilingual Need

Guest post by John VanLandingham, Food Bank volunteer: Toward the month’s end, many area families’ pantries start emptying. And because payday won’t come soon enough to restock, many families turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for assistance. For established Food Bank clients, the process of receiving food at various distribution sites… Read More »

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Scare Away Hunger!

Thousands of doorbells were rung on Halloween night throughout the area. But in Concord, some of the ringing had a different purpose. Halloween was all about collecting nonperishable and monetary donations for the Food Bank and our community in need. A Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employee came up with a great way to support the… Read More »

Holiday Program Highlight

Throughout the year, the Food Bank provides its’ member agencies (soup kitchens, pantries, group homes, etc.) with 480,000 pounds per month of free food. Each holiday season, we are delighted to provide even more assistance. In order to reach our goal of the 160,000 additional pounds the Food Bank hopes to distribute this holiday season,… Read More »

Lafayette Elementary School Food Drive

Lafayette Elementary School loves to host a holiday food drive every year in October. The process: the children bring in food each week for 3 weeks and on Friday mornings Marianne Brent and a few other parents go around to each classroom to pick up and count the food items to determine the winner of… Read More »

Girl Scout Tour Day

On Saturday 10/22/11, we had over 160 Girl Scouts (plus leaders) visit the Food Bank for a tour and help bag potatoes for the distribution the following week. The scouts learned about who we help and how we do it. The highlights are always the large scale to weigh the food on, the coolers, the… Read More »

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 »