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On Slow Job Growth and Long Term Unemployment Expiration

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: In looking for signs of economic recovery, current job growth is not encouraging. The national unemployment rate has fallen, but increases in job growth are consistently low and do not indicate a recovering economy. The low job growth numbers back up the stories we hear of people losing a corporate job and not being able to find work for years, if at all. People have lost their job when the recession began and have not been able to find meaningful employment since then. Times are getting worse because the long term unemployment insurance people relied on to pay for housing and food for their families expired at the end of 2013.

Because Congress did not extend the Emergency Unemployment Insurance Program more than 325,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits in the first six months of 2014 according to a report from the Ways and Means Committee. We know these people because they have been coming to the Food Bank’s Food Assistance Program or Community Produce Program. The 25 pounds of food they get at one of these sites helps, but it is not enough food for an entire month. Our help will not pay rent or utility bills, nor will it buy a warm coat for a child. As President Obama read Misty D’s story in his State of the Union speech: “I am confident that in time I will find a job…please give us this chance”

The people the Food Bank serves are incredible at gathering together the bits of community support that can help them hold their lives together. A meal from a soup kitchen, food from the Food Bank, clothes from the Vacaville Storehouse all help. Unemployment insurance is there to help those who can’t find work at a time when jobs are still not readily available. We have the resources to help and it’s important that we do.

B of A Take a Day for Action

002Six Bank of America employees took a few hours off work on 2/18 to come and volunteer at our Concord warehouse. I needed some flyers attached to paper bags for upcoming food drives and the group of six had a great time chatting and stapling flyers on almost 2,000 bags in a record 90 minutes. The wonderful part is that the bags will come back filled with food to help feed those in need in our community. Thank you Bank of America volunteers!

Fill Up at Empty Bowls

Join the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for a simple meal served in a handcrafted bowl and learn what the Food Bank is doing to get more nutritious food to people in need. Keep the handcrafted bowl you use as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community.

Empty Bowls, presented by Chevron, is a community favorite. Two events will take place at our Concord warehouse on March 15th and Fairfield warehouse on March 16th from 4-6pm both days. Reservations are $15 for individuals, $40 for families of four of all ages.Thank you to presenting sponsor, Chevron and supporters, Wells Fargo Advisors, Diablo Magazine, CBS SFKaiser Permanente and Mechanics Bank.

Register for the Concord event on Saturday, 3/15 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Register for the Fairfield event on Sunday, 3/16 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

 

Big thanks to event supporters:

AT&T PioneersWestAmerica BankRepublic ServicesAppel Law Firm LLP and Nutiva