At the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, we strive for excellence in our work to feed people in need and mobilize our community to end hunger. We believe that both our organization and our community thrive when we understand our impact on the environment and act accordingly.
Some highlights of The Food Bank’s environmentally friendly work include:
- Diverting healthy food from agricultural and industry waste that would otherwise be discarded
- Recycling paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard (we sell the cardboard to raise additional money to buy food).
- Recycling plastic bags from food drives.
- Recycling paper bags from food drives – if the bag is not ripped we reuse the bags at some food distributions. If the bag is ripped, it gets recycled.
- Open or expired cartons of bread, grains and unusable produce are given to a local farmer for a piggy potluck instead of being discarded
- Solar panels on the roof of our Concord Warehouse reduce the electric bill to a very small amount.
Powering our Warehouse with Solar Energy
The Food Bank owns a warehouse in Concord (31,000 sq.ft.) with a large area for refrigeration and freezer storage (2,800 sq. ft). Running the warehouse and refrigeration areas consumes a lot of electricity and is the primary reason why our electrical bill used to top $4,000 every month. But, we are proud to say we are using solar energy to power our warehouse operations—being more sustainable, saving thousands of dollars, and using the savings in our mission to serve the hungry in Contra Costa and Solano counties.
The Food Bank staff and volunteers are always looking for new ways to be even more environmentally conscious. We need to help feed our community but we also owe it to our community to be a responsible business partner.