Trevor and the Giant Pear Bin

Guest post by Trevor’s mommy, Cindy: As a child, my family was very active volunteering in our local community.  We visited with convalescent patients, joined clean-up events, participated in walk-a-thons, assisted with weekly bingo games at the VA hospital, and much more.  But my favorite of all was sorting food donations and filling baskets to… Read More »


Big Wins in the Holiday Food Fight

Once again, Solano and Contra Costa Country employees stepped forward to help their neighbors in need during the holidays. Not easily discouraged by the poor economy, layoffs and furlough days, county employees raised a grand total of $116,133.90 to benefit the Food Bank! In the employee to employee competition, Contra Costa County retains the big… Read More »

Schools See Increased Need

We all know that the economy continues to flounder and despite reports of economic recovery, there are still many families that are struggling to put food on the table.  We see this first-hand when more people come to our distributions and sign up for CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps).  Another indicator of this disheartening trend is… Read More »

Governor Proposes Harmful Cuts that Will Leave More Californians Hungry

In his 2012-13 budget proposal released yesterday, Governor Brown included $2.5 billion in cuts to safety net programs that serve low-income households at risk of hunger. These proposals come on top of difficult cuts in last year’s budget that contributed to a sobering $15 billion in cumulative cuts to health and human services made since… Read More »

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Doggie Donor Sniff Out Funds

Every year Contra Costa and Solano county employees come up with creative ways to raise funds for the Food Bank in hopes of winning the Counties Care Food Fight. Here is a story from the Agriculture Department and their dog Bella. The Agriculture Department Canine Detector Dog, Bella, has donated $300 of her hard-sniffed earnings… Read More »

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A Local Company’s Continued Support

People support the work of the Food Bank because they believe in what we do.  They evaluate our audits and look at our annual report, but many times people support us because they are asked to help by someone they respect. The Calpine Corporation does business in East Contra Costa County and they want to… Read More »

Benicia High School Holiday Food Drive 2011

Guest post by Vincent Lee: I’m Vincent Lee, a senior at Benicia High School, and got approval to organize and coordinate the Holiday Food Drive at our school.  I was thrilled to be able to make a difference in my community and help collect over 2,000 pounds for the Food Bank. Food drives should run… Read More »

From Hunger to Health

While a movement toward healthy eating has been building for some time, with the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, the trend is gaining national attention.  Because diabetes and obesity are on the rise, more and more Americans are beginning to educate themselves on making healthier food choices.   As families struggle to put healthy food on… Read More »

Sharing a Bountiful Year

I was sitting at my desk on the last business day of the year – December 30. Our hard working staff was happy to go home early. I had plenty to keep myself busy for a while longer, some neglected thank you letters, a few holiday cards to complete, and I, too, would be headed… Read More »