Inspired to Make a Difference

Guest post by coin club Board Member, Bill Green – Six years ago at Christmas time I was watching a local 10 pm newscast. One of the stories featured a clothing drive called ‘One Warm Coat’. I was impressed with the success of the effort and even more so by the good this clothing drive was providing… Read More »

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USDA Announces $170 Million Meat Bonus

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is thrilled to have received four bonus loads of pork including 500 cases canned pork, 1000 cases frozen ham, 1000 cases sliced ham, and 4,275 cases of frozen pork patties. This is part of the $170 million purchase USDA announced August 13 of pork, chicken, lamb, and… Read More »

A Challenging Week

Guest post by Kelsey Kobayashi: This summer our family participated in the Food Bank’s Hunger Challenge. For five days we needed to budget for and live on $4 per day per person [the national average for an individual receiving SNAP benefits]. There were 3 of us (2 adults and 1 child) participating, so our starting budget… Read More »

Who Needs Help?

The things I learn as I am out being the representative of the Food Bank can be overwhelming sometimes.  I had a woman at a presentation I made last week hand me her business card.  The card said she has a B.A. and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology.  But the handwritten message on the card… Read More »


Kiewit Builds Community

Kiewit is one of the largest and most respected construction and mining organizations in North America. At Kiewit, their motto is “We build quality projects safely, on time and on budget; no matter how large or small”. Kiewit brings their motto to the Food Bank, supporting us in many ways – no matter how large… Read More »

They Come…They Carry…They Care

It is said that the strength of a nonprofit lies in the hearts and minds of its volunteers. Working on the planning of our annual An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden fundraiser certainly substantiates that claim in so many ways. While volunteers make a difference every day at the Food Bank, during June and particularly… Read More »

ABC7 Listens

One of the easiest ways to help a nonprofit is to share their message. Thanks to ABC7 News, many local nonprofits were able to share their mission and needs with decision makers who could get the word out in a big way. ABC7 Morning News Co-Anchor Eric Thomas moderated a town hall meeting at the… Read More »


Food, Fun and Friends in the Admiral’s Garden

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the hundreds of guests attending the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s 12th annual An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden presented by Pacific Service Credit Union, for making the day a fantastic success!   Even the weather was on board, giving us a beautiful sunny day with a… Read More »

Farm 2 Kids Program Recognized by Kaiser

Guest post by Food Bank Grants Coordinator Don McCall – Farm 2 Kids provides 3-5 pounds of nutritious produce every week to low-income children in after school programs. The program not only received a very generous $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano this year, but the program was also honored with a second runner-up award… Read More »


Girl Scout Goes for the Gold

Hello! My name is Alexa Evans and I am working on my Gold Award project for Girl Scouts. I am preparing the first Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. I am working hard to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions which helps to reduce their costs! This way… Read More »