Dear Friends and Supporters,
With the support of a generous community, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano continues to find ways to increase the services we provide to people in need. We made an incredible step forward this year with the implementation of the Community Produce Program.
Thanks to a generous grant from John Muir Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund that enabled us to purchase a beverage truck that was customized to serve as a mobile distribution vehicle for fresh produce. After a six month pilot, we obtained a second vehicle from Kraft Foods through our national organization Feeding America. The Community Produce Program now distributes fresh produce twice a month at over fifty sites in Contra Costa and Solano counties.
The benefits this program provides are incredible. People who visit the local distribution sites and meet income guidelines take home 20-30 pounds of fresh produce. People are getting healthy food for their families they might not be able to afford otherwise. The variety is impressive with apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, onions, celery, melons and much more, delivered to neighborhoods that do not have easy access to fresh produce.
We all know that it is healthier for people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. When individuals call looking for food help, we can now refer them to a Community Produce Program site where they can get fresh produce within days. The Food Bank has made a major step forward with the Community Produce Program. I am grateful to the generous community that makes this possible.
This year, the Food Bank has taken the 2012 Annual Report online in order to save paper and reduce the cost of printing while offering visitors an opportunity to share our work and mission through social media tools. Learn how to join the fight against hunger by signing up for our e-news or visiting www.foodbankccs.org/enews.
See the impact your support in has made in 2013 to the approximately 149,000 individuals, families and seniors who turn to the Food Bank and our partner agencies every month throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties.