Giving Tuesday Encourages Helping the Needy

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Perhaps you have heard of these? Well, I’m hoping that you know about Giving Tuesday as well. Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving, taking place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, Giving Tuesday encourages each and… Read More »

The Food Bank Gives Thanks for the Support

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: The holidays are a time of reflection, a time to express gratitude for all that we have. Unfortunately, many people don’t have all of their basic needs met, including sufficient access to food. In this season of gratitude, I’d like to give thanks for all the wonderful things people in… Read More »

We are Holding One of Our Favorite Events This Weekend

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will be holding our 5th annual Empty Bowls event this weekend, October 10th & 11th. We invite you to come and learn more about the issue of food insecurity in our community and what the Food Bank does to combat it.  At this casual and family-friendly affair,… Read More »

Helping The Fire Victims

The nearby fires have made national headlines as they have leveled entire communities.  The destruction has been devastating and like everyone else, the Food Bank of Contra Costa wants to help if we can. We have touched base with the food banks that serve the people affected by these fires to see what we can… Read More »

Food Bank Continues To Work To Minimize Waste

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: Since I work for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, I know I pay more attention to stories about “ugly food” than most people, but there has been a good deal of media attention recently about food that never makes it to our grocery stores. The former… Read More »

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years By Donating To Food Bank

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: It is common to dread turning forty, but we at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano are proud of what we have accomplished as we turn the big 4-0. Today marks the 40th anniversary that our incorporation documents were filed. To honor our 40th birthday, generous donors… Read More »

Enrolling People In CalFresh Is A Cooperative Effort

For several years, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been part of a collaborative effort working to enroll eligible individuals in the CalFresh program. In both Solano and Contra Costa counties, there are individuals who are not aware that they qualify for the assistance CalFresh provides. Federal funds that could be used… Read More »

Holiday Spirit Of Giving Is Needed The Whole Year Long

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: When I was a child (a long time ago), the newspaper had a little box listing the number of days until Christmas. Maybe it was an advertisement paid for by retailers, but it certainly made me count down to the ultimate holiday. As an adult, it is amazing how… Read More »

Access To Healthy Food Is Vital For People To Thrive

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter:  At the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, beyond distributing food, we advocate for laws that affect the people we serve. Congress is currently debating Child Nutrition Reauthorization, a legislation package that determines the funding and policies of national programs that provide food to children. I recently met… Read More »

Trust, Relationships Key To Successful Food Program

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: Most people would agree that trust is a key factor to creating and maintaining healthy and successful relationships. We at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano believe this to be true. The communities we serve put their trust in us. We, in turn, count on our compassionate… Read More »

Summer Programs An Opportunity To Help

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: After wishing the school year away, students and parents can sometimes find themselves in a rut once summer arrives. It often doesn’t take long before parents hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored.” In an effort to limit their children’s time in front of electronic devices, many parents come up… Read More »

Working To Reach All Children With Nutritional Meals

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: As some families are packing for their summer vacations, others are worried about how they are going to put enough food on the table for their children. During the school year, over 65,000 low-income children in Contra Costa and Solano counties receive free or subsidized lunches. Students receive their… Read More »