The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano served approximately 149,000 people, on a monthly basis, between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
FOOD BANK FACTS:
- Approximately 149,000 people served each month; 12.9% increase from fall of 2010
- 16 million pounds of food distributed; enough for 13 million meals.
- About 1/3 of the food distributed was fresh produce.
- 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to food programs.
- 1 in 4 people receiving emergency food are children.
- 1 in 3 people served had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 86.5% of clients served had income below 130% of the federal poverty level. (That’s less than $ 2,422 a month for a family of four.)
- Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of two healthy meals.
- Nearly 58 percent of low-income residents in Contra Costa County were food insecure in 2009, California Food Policy Advocates and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research report. Was 16 percent two years earlier.
Just for kids!
Peter Pan Peanut Butter® in partnership with Feeding America is excited to “spread magic to make a difference.” Through this site below, children and parents enter into a storybook experience of learning about childhood hunger and how they can help fight childhood hunger in their communities.
Kids Can Help coloring page (2 sided)
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A nonprofit organization designed to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings a day to improve health of Americans.
United States Department of Agriculture
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