Dear Friends and Supporters,
Every day at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is exciting because of the constantly changing work we do. We view the challenges that we face as opportunities to improve our service, so we can feed more people in need. In the past year we distributed a record-breaking amount of food through our Community Produce Program, Farm 2 Kids, Food for Children, Extra Helpings, Senior Food Program and Food Assistance Program. We now serve one in eight residents each month, so it was vital that we were able to increase the amount of food we distributed last year to over 20 million pounds. We take pride in the fact that half the food we distributed was fresh produce.
To grow our work in the future, we depend on our committed volunteer Board Members to work with our dedicated staff to determine the steps we should take going forward. We have begun a strategic planning process and the first step was to revise our mission statement:
Leading the fight to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service of our neighbors in need.
This is an inspiring start to our strategic planning process because our mission acknowledges that hunger is curable. By partnering with our community, we believe we will be able to provide enough food to our neighbors in need so they no longer have to experience hunger. I am optimistic that the creative minds involved in developing this strategic plan will help us develop the steps necessary to turn our mission into a reality.