Category: Advocacy

Overweight and Undernourished

According to the USDA, 7.9 million children living in the U.S. are food insecure, which means that they don’t have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Because malnutrition is a serious and growing concern for children living in food insecure homes and communities, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently asked all… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Working To Ensure Food Programs Reach All Those In Need

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has direct food distribution programs and we work with nearly 200 nonprofit agencies that feed people in our local communities. The Food Bank is committed to fighting hunger and more than likely you have witnessed our efforts firsthand. There is a… Read More »

Survey Shows CalFresh Clients Want Healthy Choices

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: Access and affordability of nutritious food items are two common and significant obstacles for many people in our region. CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, increases access by giving recipients monthly benefits to purchase groceries. Recipients of CalFresh are limited to only purchasing food with the benefits they receive.… Read More »

Senate Must Include “America Gives More Act” in Tax Legislation

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities all across the country. In July 2014 the House of Representatives approved the America Gives More Act, landmark legislation that would make three major charitable giving incentives (including… Read More »

Join Effort for a Glimpse of What Those in Need Endure

Originally posted in The Vacaville Reporter: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is working to end hunger in our community.  As so often happens, a straightforward idea becomes incredibly complicated when we look at all we need to do to reach that goal.  We know that our main purpose is to provide food… Read More »

Ending Hunger Requires a Community Effort

Originally posted in The Vacaville Reporter: In order to end hunger, there needs to be a movement that says hunger is not acceptable.  Social change is a gradual curve, but movements change the way we see things as a society.  While we are far from perfect in every area, we have seen significant progress in many… Read More »

Growth in Donations Meets Growing Need for Service

Originally posted in The Vacaville Reporter: Over the last two years, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has seen a 26% increase in the number of people we serve, due to people struggling from the recession and an increase in programs available through the Food Bank. The significant increase of produce available to… Read More »

Ready and Willing to Speak About Fighting Hunger

Originally posted in The Vacaville Reporter: As often sited, public speaking is the most common fear.  People have anxiety attacks when they think of making a speech to an audience, large or small.  When I became Executive Director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, I had to learn to speak before groups… Read More »