We think it is never too late to give thanks and congratulations for an amazing deed! Congratulations to Solano County employees for winning the 10th annual Counties Care Holiday Food Fight! Contra Costa and Solano county employees raised a grand total of $133,528.96 during the 2013 holiday season. On a per capita basis, Solano County employees raised $10.64 per employee while Contra Costa County employees staged a valiant fight coming in at $10.14 per employee. Solano County won bragging rights and possession of the coveted Big Apple trophy for another year. Thank you county employees for faithfully fighting to end hunger in our counties.
The Food Fight began in 2004 when Contra Costa County employees challenged Solano County employees to raise funds for the Food Bank during the holiday season. Solano County employees replied “Bring it on!”
The winning county every year is based on the dollar amount per employee. Solano County won the first challenge, and employees from both counties have been competing for possession of the coveted Big Apple trophy every year since. In the 2012 Food Fight, Solano County employees won by raising $10.38 per person and Contra Costa County came in second with $9.70 per person for a total of $129,054.26.
Over a nine-year period, county Food Fighters have raised an amazing grand total of $1,027,310.65! The friendly competition also makes a big difference in the community. Thank you county employees, your cumulative donations have provided over 2 million meals for our neighbors in need. Job well done!
Today I was reminded why I work for the Food Bank. During my normal Sunday grocery shopping trip, I heard someone say “That woman just pushed a whole shopping cart of groceries out the door!” Within seconds, several employees ran after her. I was near the front door and it was easy to see the commotion. An old van was parked just outside the front door. The mattress tied to the top indicated the family was homeless. A man sat in the drivers seat and two little wide-eyed kids watched as mom and the cart of groceries was escorted back into the store. As they walked past me the mom repeated “I’ll pay! I’ll pay!” At this point I continued shopping. A few minutes later I overheard a clerk say that when they ran her credit card, it was denied. Fortunately for this family, she was allowed to leave without prosecution. I was grateful that the staff recognized a family in crisis.
I looked for the family in the parking lot but they were gone. I wanted to tell them about the Food Bank resources like Food for Children and the partner agencies with emergency food pantries like the Bay Area Crisis Nursery (for her small children) and the family homeless shelter. I hope I see them again. I also hope they reach out to help, because it is available.
What a sad reminder about the necessity of the Food Bank and other nonprofit agencies. I don’t think I will forget this family and the little scared faces peering out the van windows. Although this scene will haunt me, I am happy that I was at Safeway when this happened. This was a highly motivating experience. This is why I work at the Food Bank.
If you know someone in need of food assistance, please visit www.foodbankccs.org or call 1.855.309.FOOD
Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager
Food Bank of contra Costa and Solano
Contra Costa and Solano County employees are approaching the 2012 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight with a new mission – to hit the $1 million dollar mark in fundraising for the Food Bank. The annual County Food Fight began in 2004 as an innocent little competition to do good in our communities when Contra Costa County employees decided to challenge Solano County employees to raise funds for the Food Bank. Solano County accepted the challenge immediately and the Food Fight was born. Employees in both counties wanted to help their community and dove into the Food Fight with gusto, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Each year, the county bringing in the highest dollar amount per employee wins possession of the “Big Apple” trophy. In the past eight years, possession of the Big Apple trophy has bounced back and forth from Contra Costa County to Solano County many times.
This year the Food Fight will hit a milestone. At the end of Holiday Food Fight 2011, during its eight year history, the counties had raised a grand total of $927,804.82! County employees will need to collectively raise just over $72,000 this year to hit the unbelievable $1 million dollar fundraising mark. Can they do it in this poor economy? The Food Bank thinks they can, and is asking you to donate online in honor of your county through December 31st.
Thank you Solano County and Contra Costa County employees. What an incredible milestone to reach!
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the hundreds of guests attending the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s 12th annual An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden presented by Pacific Service Credit Union, for making the day a fantastic success! Even the weather was on board, giving us a beautiful sunny day with a cooling breeze drifting off the water.
Our guests enjoyed gourmet appetizers crafted by our celebrity chefs paired with fine wines in the Tasting Tents, and grooved to the soulful blues sounds of Big Cat Tolefree. Vigorous bidding took place in the Silent Auction Tents and in the Live Auction, and happy winners claimed their treasures. Englund’s Catering served a delicious lunch in the garden while our creative auctioneer Donnie Schwartz played FUNdraising games with our guests. A wonderful treat after lunch was a variety of delicious cookies from the Family Cookie Company and Ice cream by Fentons Creamery! Many guests took the opportunity to tour St. Peter’s Chapel with its beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows, and the Naval Museum as well as both historic mansions.
The day wrapped up with our second annual Cupcake War, where guests sampled scrumptious mini-cupcakes while our celebrity judges had the difficult task of picking a winner! The day couldn’t have been more perfect, the icing on the cupcake being that the Food Bank raised over $121,000! That’s the equivalent of 241,000 meals for those in need in our community. We hope you join us for next year’s extravaganza!
Back by popular demand – the Cupcake War at the Food Bank’s annual Admiral’s Garden event on June 24th on Mare Island in Vallejo! There is a new twist this year. Thanks to Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery for their sponsorship, the winner of Cupcake War will receive $500! A panel of celebrity judges will pick the winner, and guests will sample scrumptious mini-cupcakes.
Do you know a chef or master baker who would like to participate in the Food Bank’s Cupcake War 2012?
Please contact Kathy Gleason firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Special thanks to our corporate partner Chevron for their ongoing support of a variety of Food Bank programs and events. Chevron sponsors the Food Banks Farm 2 Kids Richmond and Concord programs, bringing 5-6 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to 2,600 children weekly. Chevron supports the Food Bank’s June Admiral’s Garden fundraiser as well as the annual Holiday Food Drive. In addition, we thank Chevron for sponsoring the Holiday note card art competition, and the upcoming Empty Bowls event.
Speaking of Empty Bowls, Chevron volunteers visited the Food Bank on Friday, February 17 to paint bowls for these March 24 and 25 events. Feeling a little insecure about their artistic abilities at first, the volunteers rallied and completed over 100 beautiful ceramic bowls! Designs included flowers, fruit, vegetables, butterflies, lady bugs, trees, abstract and geometric designs and more. Thank you volunteers!
Empty Bowls will take place at the Food Bank Concord warehouse at 5 pm on Saturday, March 24, and at the Food Bank Fairfield warehouse at 3 pm on Sunday, March 25. Go to www.foodbankccs.org to learn how you can participate in Empty Bowls and to register to attend online.
Thank you Chevron for your participation and sponsorship of Empty Bowls, and for your ongoing support throughout the year. With the help of corporate partners such as Chevron, the Food Bank has been able to reach our commitment to feed over 132,000 Contra Costa and Solano county residents in need each month.
Come to our Concord warehouse from 9-1 on Saturday, March 3rd to paint an empty bowl of your own, or get your own limited edition Chevron bowl by registering for Empty Bowls Concord, or Empty Bowls Fairfield. View the full photo set on Facebook.
Once again, Solano and Contra Costa Country employees stepped forward to help their neighbors in need during the holidays. Not easily discouraged by the poor economy, layoffs and furlough days, county employees raised a grand total of $116,133.90 to benefit the Food Bank!
In the employee to employee competition, Contra Costa County retains the big apple trophy by raising $9.91 per employee compared to Solano County’s $8.11 per employee.
The Food Fight competition began in 2004, when Contra Costa County employees raised $57,012.70 and Solano County employees raised $15,091. In the eight years of the competition, Contra Costa County has won the Big Apple trophy five times and Solano County has won three times. In the eight year Food Fight history, county employees have raised a very grand total of $927,643.73 for the Food Bank!
Although each county fights to win possession of the trophy each year, all employees understand that the real winners in this competition are the thousands of residents their hard earned donations dollars will feed.
Looking for a unique stocking stuffer? Look no further! Santa Dollars, available at any California Pacific Federal Credit Union branch, are here, and proceeds benefit the Food Bank! Santa Dollars are real, spendable dollars. Surprise kids, grandkids, or even Aunt Betty in her Christmas card. For more information visit www.calpacfcu.org. Happy Holidays!
Kudos to Emily Bach and staff at The Bach Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Orinda for choosing to say thank you to their clients via the Food Bank. Instead of sending clients the usual holiday gift of candy or other personal item, Emily decided to make a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank in honor of her clients. She paid for custom printed Thanksgiving cards, included a letter from herself explaining the donation, and a letter from Food Bank Executive Director Larry Sly explaining Food Bank needs and how many people this generous donation will feed.
If you would like to do a similar good deed through your business for the holiday season, Christmas or the New Year, please contact Kathy Gleason at 925 771 1313 or email@example.com