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Serafino Bianchi and the Bianchi Real Estate Team: Feeding Families and Saving the Planet one bag at a time.

Guest Post by the Bianchi Real Estate Team: Did you know that nearly 400 billion pounds of plastic bags are used and thrown away every year? Less than 2% of that gets recycled, and the rest ends up swirling around in our oceans, damaging the eco-system and marine life. Alameda County has taken action by banning plastic shopping bags, and many individual stores have begun to charge for bags as well, to encourage their patrons to bring their own and recycle.10463910_10152373751304272_4815320970385287736_n

In light of all this, Serafino Bianchi of the Bianchi Real Estate Team had an idea. What if he provided eco-friendly grocery totes for his clients? He could provide a nice service, help save the planet, and remind his clients to think of him the next time they wanted to buy or sell their home – all at the same time.

He ordered the bags, and started putting them into the hands of his clients. They were a huge hit! Both fashionable and functional, these beautiful reusable bags are making a scene at the local grocery markets in Pleasanton, Alamo, and Danville.20140715_152630

Serafino grew up in Italy and developed a taste for healthy, wholesome food at a young age. As a young boy, loved to pick blueberries, mushrooms, and chestnuts from the wild countryside. He loves to tell stories about how the chestnuts were dried and prepared in a huge two-story stove in his tiny hometown, and how his mother would make chestnut soup and bread from the dried nuts

Since Serafino’s bags are being used to carry food, he thought about how he could help those in need who didn’t have access to a healthy meal, and decided to team up with theFood Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County. The Food Bank has been serving the community for over 35 years, and serves approximately 149,000 hungry people in need every month.

Serafino and the Bianchi team will donate to the Food Bank every time someone buys or sells a home in 2014. This feeds a family of four for an entire month with the sale or purchase of just one home.

It’s a Tight-Knit Community at biStitchual!

stitchThe Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s barrel has arrived at biStitchual, a yarn and notions store located at 2406 San Pablo Avenue in Pinole. The shop is hosting a year-round food drive collecting nonperishable food for those in need within our community. The most wanted food items are peanut butter, cereal, tuna, canned meats, juice, pastas, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups, etc. Come by the store, donate a few items and see the latest yarn we have and consider picking up those knitting needles or crochet hooks again.

Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger

002 (2)UPDATE: As of 7/10, the Concord Grocery Outlet collected 4,644 pounds and they has 6 full barrels!

The Grocery Outlet store at 1840 Willow Pass Road in Concord has collected 1,693 pounds of food in three days for the kickoff of their Independence From Hunger Food Drive! They have prepacked bags for a variety of prices between $3 and $10 so everyone can afford one or more bags to donate. Let’s all help the Concord Grocery Outlet Store beat their total last year of 5,400 pounds of food donated in July. Buy a prepacked bag of food and place it in the barrel during the month of July. Every bag will provide meals for those in need in our community.

A Fairy Tale Food Drive

Employees of the Disney store at Sun Valley Mall were inspired to hold a food drive after volunteering at the Food Bank and learning about the need for food in their community. So far they have collected a fantastic 418 pounds of food which equates to 334 meals. The employees are continuing to collect food throughout 2014 for those in need in our community.

Before we brought them a collection barrel, they built a fairy tale can castle.
disney can castle

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

Food Day Celebration

Post by Blanca Campos, Food Bank Nutrition Education Coordinator: Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-thrus—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.

Locally, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano partnered with the Pittsburg Unified School District, John Muir Health, Contra Costa Health Services, Kaiser Permanente and the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market to celebrate Food Day at Willow Cove Elementary.  The celebration included carrot salad tasting, nutrition information, recipes, and fresh produce giveaway (courtesy of the Food Bank).  Over 150 parents participated and received fresh produce during the event.

We’ll be celebrating Food Day at Rancho Medanos Jr. High today!

Were you involved in Food Day this year? If so, please tell us how.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN FOR A CHANCE TO BE FEATURED ON A FOOD BANK TOTE BAG

Nourishing the Community Artwork sample from Alameda County Community Food Bank

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is looking for original artwork that will be used to create custom eco-friendly tote bags. The tote bags will be used to generate funds that support our services for people in need.

WHO: Anyone may submit artwork in the contest. Enter as often as you wish. The winning entries will be selected by a panel of Food Bank staff members and announced by September 16, 2013.

WHAT: Artwork with a Nourish Our Community theme.

SPECIFICATIONS: Artwork should be 14” wide x 15” tall. If you submit your artwork electronically, .EPS format is best, but a high-resolution JPG is acceptable. You may also mail the original artwork to the Food Bank.

WHEN: Entries may be submitted between now and September 10, 2013. With each submission, please include your name, email address and phone number.

WHERE:
• email entries to rbraver@foodbankccs.org
• mail entries to “Tote Bag Design Contest”, c/o Rachel Braver, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, 4010 Nelson Ave. Concord, CA 94520

All tote bag art entries shall become the property of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and may be reproduced for publication, sale, and/or promotion of the Food Bank.

PRIZES:
• Your artwork featured on the front of thousands of Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s tote bags in 2013-2014.

• Two bags (including your design) when they are printed.

• Prize of $250 

CONTEST RULES:

  1. Artwork must be original, entirely the work of the entrant and not in violation of any copyrights. Computer-generated art is accepted.
  2. We are looking for a fun and whimsical design relating to nutrition. Some ideas to help inspire you can be found here: http://bit.ly/178T85o and here: http://bit.ly/13LE7tc.
  3. You may use the Food Bank logo or our colors in your design but this is NOT required. http://www.foodbankccs.org/media-center/logos.html
  4. Black and white or full color is fine. Also full-bleed is available.
  5. The Food Bank reserves the right to design the side panels of the bag and the bottom as well as include sponsor logo in that space.
  6. All art entries shall become the property of the Food Bank, and may be reproduced for publication, sale, and/or promotion of the Food Bank. The Food Bank may also modify the design slightly, eg add our logo.
  7. Entries must be received at the Food Bank by 4:00 pm September 10, 2013.
  8. Winners will be notified by September 16.

ADDITIONAL IDEAS:

Use a fun saying like: “Give peas a chance”, “Veggies Rock!” (vegetable band), “Peace, Love & Veggies”

Attend the Food Bank Annual Fundraiser to Fill Shelves When Donations Are Low

Enjoy a relaxing day in the garden with us on Sunday, June 23rd for the Food Bank’s 13th annual fundraising event, An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden.

The fun starts at noon with wine, appetizers, and live music by Big Cat Tolefree and the Hipnotics Band.  Bid on silent auction treasures and play some games of chance with big prizes before making your way into the garden for a delicious gourmet lunch, prepared by Englund’s Catering.  Renee Richardson from KFOG will emcee.

All the food, drinks, entertainment and tours you can enjoy at only $90 per person, or two for $170. Bring extra cash, check or credit card if you wish to participate in the auction or some of the games.

Reserve my spot today

If you can’t make the event, you can still win big with the Beat the Recession Raffle. You could be a lucky winner of $2,500 cash or other valuable prizes! Email Kathy Gleason with your name and address to be mailed tickets kgleason@foodbankccs.org.
For a sampling of the fine foods offered in the Tasting Tents, Auction prizes and reservations for this sell-out experience visit www.theeventofthesummer.com.

Help Us Win $45,000 to Provide Fruits and Veggies to Kids!

The Farm 2 Kids program provides children in low-income areas with 3-5 pounds of fresh produce per week. Sometimes it is the only food they have for dinner.

As part of their Fighting Hunger Together initiative, Walmart is giving out grants for the most innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger. Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is in the running to win one of 100 grants, but we need your help to win!

 Here’s How it Works

April 1 through April 30, go to www.foodbankccs.org/walmart to vote for our project. You can vote once a day, so please vote as often as you can.

You do not have to “like” Walmart on Facebook to participate, but do need a Facebook account. Contact Rachel if you have more questions or need Facebook help, rbraver@foodbankccs.org or 925.677.7011.

Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical considering the need that exists. Here in Contra Costa and Solano counties, 1 in 6 children struggle with hunger. The Walmart grant would go a long way to helping ensure that all children have access to the food they need to thrive.

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