When Law Firms Compete Everyone Wins

Guest post by Food from the Bar Chairperson, Edward L. Shaffer of Archer Norris: The Contra Costa County Bar Association recently completed its 22nd annual Food from The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank.  This was a special milestone year because they anticipated hitting One Million Dollars in total contributions.  While money still is trickling in,… Read More »

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Food Bank Director Larry Sly Honored for Hunger-Relief Efforts

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter – Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Executive Director Larry Sly has been awarded the 2013  Fellowship by Feeding America for leadership, local and national impacts and commitment to hunger-relief, it was announced Wednesday. The annual award from the Food Bank’s national network honors the ideals of the… Read More »

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The Kids Run the Food Drive

Guest post by Galila Kitzes: A few weeks ago, the students of ACE Charter School– a small kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school in Vacaville – organized and ran their own food drive. ACE has a dedicated group of parents who support all kinds of community activism. But as much as we parents like to engage… Read More »

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A Family Affair: Family Volunteer Day at the Food Bank

Guest post by Pamela Adelman Ball: We were the apples group. There were also grapes, broccoli, and carrots. This wasn’t Fruit of the Loom, but a recent Family Volunteer Day at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The fruits were a fun touch though, and certainly set the tone for the day. Family… Read More »

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Garden like a Pro at the Urban Farm Expo

Guest post by Master Gardener Marian Woodard: This time of year plant sales pop up like dandelions, and the nurseries are full of vegetables already fruiting. It’s easy to buy a plant grown in huge hothouses sprayed with heaven only knows what, but what if you want an organic, locally grown treasure AND want to… Read More »

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Sponsors Are Critical in the Fight Against Hunger

At the Food Bank, we are careful stewards of the money donated to us, ensuring that as much as possible goes to providing food to the people we serve. Savvy donors have been using sites such as Charity Navigator and GuideStar to make more informed decisions about where to donate their dollars.  We have to… Read More »

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Fighting Hunger is Only an Empty Bowl Away

A fellow co-worker and I were painting bowls for our Empty Bowls event the other day and she shared with me how it is one of her favorite Food Bank fundraisers.  That got me thinking, what is it about Empty Bowls that makes it so special?  Maybe it’s the fact that it goes beyond being… Read More »

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Forma Gym Puts Hunger on the Run

The mission at Forma Gym is simple, “We change lives”.   Forma Gym is the premier training and fitness facility in the East Bay, dedicated to helping its 3,600 members get results.  On Thanksgiving, the Walnut Creek Forma Gym lived up to its mission by holding the 20th annual Turkey Trot, to motivate people to “move their feet… Read More »

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Local Businesses Shared the Holiday Spirit

We wanted to take a moment to thank businesses throughout Contra Costa and Solano for the many creative ways they raise money and awareness about the issue of hunger throughout the year.  Whether it is a portion of the proceeds for their goods or services, a grand-opening event, a special menu created just for us,… Read More »

Jeans for Beans

Creative juices were swirling when Pacific Service Credit Union decided to hold a food drive with their employees!  Dedicated to making a difference in the community, they created a fun and effective Jeans for Beans program to help the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano with food and money donations. The program worked like this:… Read More »


Pick-n-Pull Races to End Hunger

Our effort to combat Hunger continues with Pick-n-Pull, one of the largest recyclers of vehicles in the industry.  This exciting partnership recently concluded its Racing to Stop Hunger Fall Fund Drive which resulted in a major contribution to our food bank.  The entire Pick-n-Pull team and their customers rallied support to raise awareness of Hunger… Read More »

Leftovers Are the Best

Written by Laura Collins, Special Events Assistant: I love deals.  I mean I really love deals.  I seek them out.  I buy nothing until I’m sure I am getting the best deal possible.  If it is travel related, I’m on Trip Advisor and can have 10 windows open simultaneously making sure that I am getting… Read More »