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Summer Fun at Food Bank Events

Uncorked

Over one hundred Food Bank supporters and wine lovers joined us for the inaugural Food Bank Uncorked at the beautiful Green Valley Cellars in Fairfield on August 3. Our guests spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and scenery while tasting the amazing pairings of GV Cellars wine with appetizers and desserts made by MagPies Catering, grooving to the sound of the live music from Westbound 80 and learning about Food Bank programs from some of our staff. Thanks to our generous guests and sponsors like Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery we were able to bring in over $27,000, the equivalent of over 50,000 meals, to your neighbors in need.

Golden Gate Fields

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Alameda County Community Food Bank joined forces with Golden Gate Fields for the second time on Sunday August 17th. We had stations and barrels located at both the Grandstand and Clubhouse entrances and were giving out free admission passes to anyone who made a donation. Thanks to the generosity of Golden Gate Fields for inviting us to host our Race to Fill Barrels we were able to collect 220 pounds of food and more than $2,300 for the food banks while raising awareness to the issue of hunger in our communities.

May Events that Made a Difference

Food From the Bar Comedy Night

In May the Contra Costa County Bar Association held its 23rd annual Food From The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  It started with the 19th annual Comedy Night kick-off, where 175 attorneys and guests enjoyed BBQ and belly laughs at Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill.  More than 20 generous sponsors donated to support the event.  That was followed by a two-week fundraising blitz by 35 large and small law offices in the county, whose 700+ employees helped raise more than $58,000.  Over the years the Bar Association has collected more than $1,100,000 and 110,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank.  The attorneys say they already are planning next year’s fundraiser and comedy show, as they work toward their second Million in donations!

A special thank you to our sponsors, we could not have done this without your support!

Wells Fargo, Archer Norris, Brown Church & Gee LLP, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP, The Recorder, Steele George Schofield & Ramos LLP, Timken Johnson LLP, Back Forty Texas BBQ, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Gil Berkeley, Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher, Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP, Certified Reporting Services, Esquire, Frankel Goldware Ferber LLP, Gagen McCoy McMahon Koss Markowitz & Raines, Miller Star Regalia, Quivx, Ringler Associates, Scott Valley Bank, Vasquez Benisek & Lindgren LLP

Drive Fore Break on Hunger Golf Classic– recap

On May 12th the Food Bank hosted our 2nd annual Drive Fore Break on Hunger Golf Classic where 120 golfers gathered at the beautiful course of Oakhurst Country Club to give their support. Because of all our amazing sponsors there was fun at every hole whether it was a giveaway or snack and drink station. After the tournament golfers enjoyed an award BBQ with raffle and contest winners announced. This tournament well exceeded our expectations. Thanks to everyone’s support we raised over $42,000 and hope to top that again next year.

Event Recaps, Fun = Food!

Souper Bowl of Caring

During the week of Super Bowl Sunday schools and churches nationwide participated in the “Souper Bowl of Caring” by collecting money and/or food for their local charities. This year eight churches chose the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano as their charity beneficiary all together raising $6,371.28 and 290# of food! Thank you to all who participated in tackling hunger in our community this year.

Concord High Dinner Dance

Concord High Band Boosters with help from Concord High’s Instrumental Music Program let the good times roll at their Mardi Gras Dinner Dance on February 22nd to benefit our Food Bank as well as the high school’s five music programs. Everyone enjoyed the festive decorations and food but nothing could compete with the amazing music being played by the 135 very talented students in the Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band and Orchestra who believe that music is food for the soul.

 Empty Bowls

A big Thank You to the more than 300 people who attended our Empty Bowls events in Concord and Fairfield to share a table with new friends, sample  tasty soups out of beautifully handcrafted bowls, and learn more about the local faces of hunger.  We were able to raise over $19,000 and are extremely grateful to be on the receiving end of so much support from our community!

 

Walnut Creek skaters give Olympic-sized turnout

During the holiday season, Contra Costa Oncology partnered with Walnut Creek on Ice to promote awareness for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.   From November to January, for every skating ticket that was collected at the ice rink, Contra Costa Oncology would match with a donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.  The campaign “You Skate. We Donate.”  provided the opportunity for the local community to feel involved with the fundraising efforts, while enjoying a fun time at the rink. Tens of thousands of skaters showed their support and Contra Costa Oncology delivered a check for $5,145.

pic 1 pic 2 pic 3 pic 4The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and SpecialIce were a huge help in making the Contra Costa Oncology fundraising effort a huge success!

12th Annual Refinery Run

What started as a cloudy rain turned into a downpour but that did not stop these dedicated refinery workers, contractors and families for coming out to raise money for our Community Produce Program*. Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, Shell Oil Products US, Phillips 66 and Valero Benicia Refinery began collecting food and money the beginning of August and ended mid-September with a fundraiser celebration which includes a Poker Run, sponsored by United Rentals, S&S, and Contra Costa Electric , motorcycle and custom classic car show, music, great food and lots of laughter. These refineries as well as their contractors and employees of both give time, money and food to help their neighbors in their community throughout the year.

It is great experience working with all of them towards our mission. So far this year, they have been able to raise over $23,000. Contra Costa Electric, Inc., S & S Supplies and Solutions, Brinderson and Discover Land Care, our Contractor Sponsors, also deserve big thanks for all the support they give to the Food Bank. The Shell Clubhouse, jumping with music by Bourbon Fixx Band was powered by DC Solar and the food was good as always when using England’s Café & Catering.   Great vendors, such as, McGuire Harley-Davidson, Joyce Cid CMT, Origami Owl, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Crowne Plaza, Body Savior Wraps, Fit 2 the Core, Central Valley Paranormal and Contra Costa Chiropractic, fun, games and a variety of raffle items made this day complete.  We would like to thank all of you for caring and helping your neighbors in need.

*Through June 2014 John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund is committed to a 50% match on donations that are designated for Community Produce Program operations in central and east Contra Costa County. With your help we can continue to bring high-quality fresh produce to people in need in your community. Donate to provide more fresh produce today!

Valero Takes Aim at Hunger

Clay shooters to aim to provide over 100,000 meals!

A strong supporter of the Food Bank for many years, Valero’s Benicia Refinery placed an increased emphasis on the mission and work of the Food Bank among  its employees and contracting companies during a Month of Caring.  Valero employees were encouraged to provide volunteer service sorting food orders, packaging fresh produce, and distributing food to those in need.   The employees responded by donating 460 hours of volunteer service.  In addition to supporting the volunteer effort, Valero also sponsored the Inaugural Sporting Clays Invitational held at Birds Landing, October 4, 2013.  Thanks to the support of numerous contractors and volunteers, the event raised $55,000 for the Farm 2 Kids program.  When asked about Valero’s involvement with the Food Bank, John Hill, Vice-President and General Manager of Valero’s Benicia Refinery said that he and his fellow employees love volunteering at the Food Bank because we can see the direct and positive results of service.  Food comes from the farms, volunteers package it for distribution, and people receive it the next day.  As far as having a direct, timely, and positive impact for people in need, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Brinderson Holiday Event, in support of the Food Bank

Brinderson employees and guests kicked off the holiday season on November 30th with a wonderful evening at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant in Vallejo.  The tradition at Brinderson is to raise money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at this annual event, and for Brinderson managers to personally match employee contributions.  Brinderson continues to grow in the Bay Area, and as a result we will be able to deliver a significantly larger contribution to the Food Bank than last year.

Brinderson provides industrial maintenance, construction, turnaround, and engineering services to clients in the western United States.  Our local customers include other strong supporters of the Food Bank, such as Tesoro, Shell, and Phillips 66.  We are proud to team with others in the community and support our local Food Bank.

ABC7 Share Your Holiday

There is no other way to put it, hunger just hurts more during the holidays.  For many in the Bay Area, this time of year shines a spotlight on just how much food insecurity affects their lives.  That’s why ABC7 and Bay Area food banks are working together to collect much needed food and cash donations this holiday season.  Everyone can take part on Wednesday, December 12 with ABC7 ‘s ‘7 Ways to Give’ for  a holiday gift that really makes a difference!

Throughout the day ABC7 (KGO) will be broadcasting live from Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.  Familiar faces from ABC7 News will feature stories from Food Bank donors and clients, and Food Bank staff will be on hand to let you know how your donation supports the programs and services that help us put food on the table for over  149,000 people every month.

7 Ways for you to share include;  dropping off food and monetary donations to Broadway Plaza from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm, Texting  FEED to 80077 and donating  $10.00 to benefit all Bay Area food banks, Calling 877-525-3775 to make your donation over the phone, Click it to donate online from our website, write a check made out to “Food Bank” and mail to  ABC7 FOOD DRIVE, 900 Front Street, San Francisco, CA   94111, volunteer at a food bank or local soup kitchen or pantry, and Like us on Facebook to stay updated and get involved.

Blackhawk Country Club Turkey Shoot Out (no turkeys were actually shot at this event)

If you live in San Ramon, you know there is a rather large herd of turkeys that wanders at will around the open space and yards off of Crow Canyon. We can’t say for sure if they wander onto the Blackhawk Country Club golf course, but hopefully on November 10th, they made themselves scarce, because on that day there was a Turkey Shoot Out going on and golf balls were flying!

On a rather brisk day, 97 golfers played a round and donated 64 turkeys to our Food Bank. A portion of the entrance fee also benefited the Food Bank. To top off this event, an extra $50 was donated from a gracious member who didn’t even play in the event.

Everyone had a great time playing for a good cause and a big round of applause came when Tony Gill, Head Golf Professional at Blackhawk, announced that they had all sponsored the 64 turkeys!

Thank you Blackhawk golfers, for making this Thanksgiving a little easier for the people we serve.

To learn more about ways you can help during the holidays, visit the events page of our website.

The Habit Burger and Grill Grand Opening

We love it when great food meets the Food Bank, it’s like everything comes together perfectly.  When the Habit Burger and Grill had their grand opening at their new location in Walnut Creek in October, not only could you get a great lunch, but 100 % of the proceeds went to support the Food Bank.  That’s right, 100%!

There was a line out the door of people wanting their delicious charburgers, salads, and sandwiches!  Personally, the grilled chicken salad was delicious, and so filling it was hard to finish in one sitting.

This was another great example of how our community pulls together and supports those in need.  That day the Habit donated $1,380.00 that went to the Food Bank to purchase necessary staples and produce  that went to seniors, children individuals and families in Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Thank you Habit Grill for becoming one of our Hunger Fighters!