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Events Archive

Events Archive

Events Archive

May 28, 2015 “Three for Free” Food Drive-Free Admission to the Contra Costa County Fair

Be a kid again at the Contra Costa County Fair, located at 1201 W. 10th Street in Antioch! By bringing 3 cans of food, you will receive free admission on Thursday, May 28 (the first day of the fair) and will be helping kids have food for the summer. Fair hours on Thursday are noon to 9pm. There will be live music on the Main Stage, entertaining shows, fantastic fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, FREE Kids activities, and much, much more! For more information visit http://contracostafair.com/2015-fair/.

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May 26, 2015 Moraga Pear Harvest (August 1-2)

Come pick pears from 9:00am-3:00pm with the Moraga Park Foundation volunteers. Harvested pears will be donated to the Food Bank. Last year over 10,000 pounds of pears were picked. To participate, check in at the tent on the corner of Camino Pablo and Canyon Road at the orchard next to Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School (located at 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga). Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes! Boxes and pickers will be provided.

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May 23, 2015 Kidfest-Concord (Memorial Day Weekend/May 23-25)

The 25th annual KidFest will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23th through May 25th, at Mt. Diablo High School (2450 Grant Street in Concord – near John Muir Hospital). Admission is $7 per person, but with a can of food to benefit the Food Bank, you will receive $1 off your admission price ($1 per person maximum).

Plan to bring the family and enjoy this fun and educational event! Visit www.kidfestconcord.com for more information.

KidFest Hours:
Saturday:  10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Monday: 10:00am-5:00pm

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May 16, 2015 Nourish – 40th Anniversary Gala

You are invited to attend
Nourish
1st Annual Gala benefitting
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Round Hill Country Club
Black Tie Optional

Join the Food Bank as we reflect on
40 years of nourishing our community and
look to the future of serving those in need.

RSVP required at www.foodbankccs.org/nourishgala

 

Our 40th year is presented by

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May 16, 2015 Family Food Sort-Fairfield (9:00-11:00am)

Families with children as young as five years old are invited to a family volunteer opportunity at the Fairfield warehouse EVERY 3rd Saturday of the month. Families will bag fresh produce for the Community Produce Program from 9:00-11:00am. This is a first come, first served opportunity and registration is REQUIRED. To register, visit foodbankccs.org/familyfoodsort.

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May 9, 2015 Letter Carriers Food Drive

On Saturday May 9th, letter carriers will be collecting food for the Food Bank as they deliver the mail in this one-day national food drive. Mark your calendar to leave a bag of nonperishable food by your mailbox, prior to regular mail delivery on this day.  Your donations will help us fill many empty tummies during the summer months.

The Letter Carrier Food Drive is supported by monetary donations from the following unions:

Contra Costa Central Labor Council

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 16

AFSCME – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Retiree Chapter 157 & Sub-Local 142

IBEW Local Union 302

Teamsters Local 315

United Steelworkers Local 5

The Plumbers Pipefitters & Refrigeration Union Local 342.

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May 8, 2015 Dixon May Fair Food Drive (3:00-5:00pm)

Bring two cans of food to receive $2 off your admission price. You must enter the fair between the hours of 3pm to 5pm to receive this special discount. Fair hours are noon to 11pm. The address is 655 S. First Street, Dixon.  For more information go to www.dixonmayfair.com. Come support the Food Bank and have fun at the Dixon May Fair!

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May 4, 2015 Food From the Bar (May 4-15)

Contra Costa County attorneys will once again hold their annual drive to benefit the Food Bank. This is a great way for law firms to have fun, while collecting food and money for individuals in need. Often participants form teams to compete and firms fundraise in creative ways. There will be a multi-firm Walk-A-Thon around downtown Walnut Creek.  There’s even a cyber-competition and you can support your favorite attorney or law firm by donating online through Contra Costa County Food from the Bar’s Virtual Food Drive at www.foodbankccs.org/foodfromthebarcc.

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April 25, 2015 Vallejo Crop Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walks are community fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS). Seventy-five percent of money raised by Crop Hunger Walks Nation-wide is used to provide food, medical care, disaster relief and self-help development for needy people around the world. Up to 25% of the money raised in the Vallejo CROP Hunger Walk is distributed to local hunger-alleviating agencies including the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Registration for the Vallejo Crop Hunger Walk is at 9:30am and the 3k walk starts at 10:15am. For more information, call (707) 694-6274 or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VallejoHungerWalk. If you are interested in joining the Food Bank’s team, call Lauri at (925) 676-7543 x 252.

Crop Walk has partnered with Black Bear Diner and Pasta Pomodoro. The restaurants will be donating part of their proceeds to the organization on the specified dates listed below. The flyers must be presented when placing your order. Click on the links and print out the flyers.

Black Bear Diner
April 8, 2015; 4:00-10:00pm
(980 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Vallejo)

Pasta Pomodoro
April 14th & 15th; All Day
(163 Plaza Drive, Vallejo)

 

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April 20, 2015 FORE! Break on Hunger Golf Tournament-Clayton

Register a golf foursome for a day of birdies, eagles and other ornithological golf moments, to be held on Monday, April 20th at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank. Registration is at 8:00am with a breakfast burrito to get you going.  A shotgun start will have all teams in play at 10:00am, followed by a BBQ afterwards to announce the winners.Cost is $125 per player or $450 for a foursome. Prices go up after April 9th, so register early online at  www.foodbankccs.org/foregolfclassic. Call Renee at (925) 676-7543 x 214 for information on sponsorship opportunities! 

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April 20, 2015 San Ramon Regional Medical Center Cereal Drive (April 20-June 5)

San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Road in San Ramon, is having their “Healthy Over Hungry” Cereal Drive from April 20th through June 5th. Barrels are located throughout the hospital where everyone can drop off a box (or two) of healthy cereal for children in need.  Many children in our community struggle with hunger, especially during the summer months. Donating a box of cereal will help a child start the day with a good breakfast. You can also participate in their money drive to purchase cereal at foodbankccs.org/cerealdrive. You provide the cereal and we will provide the fruit.

 

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April 18, 2015 Family Food Sort-Fairfield (9:00-11:00am)

**THIS EVENT IS FULL-THERE ARE CURRENTLY OPENINGS FOR MAY 16TH & JUNE 20TH** Families with children as young as five years old are invited to a family volunteer opportunity at the Fairfield warehouse EVERY 3rd Saturday of the month. Families will bag fresh produce for the Community Produce Program from 9:00-11:00am. This is a first come, first served opportunity and registration is REQUIRED. To register, visit foodbankccs.org/volunteer.

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April 11, 2015 Dogtown Downtown Food Drive-Lafayette (10:00am-1:00pm)

Join in the fun at the second annual Lafayette Dogtown Downtown! Bring your furry friend for activities, contests, and a dog parade. The Dog Parade begins at 10:00am at the Lafayette Plaza Park (registration begins at 9am at the Library Amphitheatre, located at First St. and Golden Gate Way). Activities include: workshops, lectures, demonstrations and dog adoptions. Also, bring some nonperishable food for those in need in our community, including pet food for their best friends. To register for this event or for more info, visit www.LLLCF.org/dogtown/. This event is presented by the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette.

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April 11, 2015 International Tabletop Day-"Pop-up" Game Store at Food Bank in Fairfield (10:00am-8:00pm)

Bad Zero Games and the Food Bank are teaming up to celebrate International Tabletop Day. Come to the Food Bank’s Fairfield warehouse, located at 2339 Courage Drive-Suite F, from 10:00am-8:00pm. Admission is $5 or five cans of healthy food (peanut butter, tuna, fruit, beans, veggies preferred) per person. All proceeds go to the Food Bank. At this “pop up” game store, you will get the chance to borrow and play over 140 games! Games will also be available to purchase at 20% below MRSP. Join us for this awesome day of tabletop gaming!  Plenty of parking is available in the back; please enter through the volunteer entrance. For more information, visit www.badzerogames.com or click on flyer URL below.

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March 21, 2015 Family Food Sort-Fairfield (9:00-11:00am)

Looking to do something fun and meaningful with your children? Do you want to introduce or reinforce your young family members to the concept of philanthropy? Families with children as young as five years old are invited to a family volunteer opportunity at the Fairfield warehouse the third Saturday of EACH month from 9am to 11am. Families will bag fresh produce for the Community Produce Program. This is a first come, first served opportunity and registration is limited to 30 people per shift. All volunteers must be scheduled. If you are a new volunteer, or haven’t registered online before,  go to foodbankccs.org/volunteer, click on “Become a Volunteer” and follow the prompts.  One adult from each family should create an account, then go to the Family Food Sort opportunity on the calendar to actually sign up. When signing up, a family team should be created in order to register all other family members. Children 16 years of age and over and additional adults also have the option of creating their own accounts and signing in individually.

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March 19, 2015 Round Table Pizza Fundraiser-Concord (11:00am-9:00pm)

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Round Table Pizza are teaming up for a delicious fundraiser! All you have to do is place an order from Round Table at 3375 Port Chicago Highway in Concord between 11:00am – 9:00pm on March 19th, print out the flyer (link is below), and we’ll get 15% of the proceeds from your order! Just think, you can indulge in all that cheesy goodness and you’ll be helping out your community. Win-Win! Even better, this offer is for dine in or take-out! Don’t forget, Round Table needs to get a copy of the flyer to make your order count.

Round Table Concord Promo Flyer-March 19 (print this)

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March 18, 2015 Round Table Pizza Fundraiser-Pleasant Hill (11:00am-9:00pm)

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Round Table Pizza are teaming up for a delicious fundraiser! All you have to do is place an order from Round Table at 716 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill between 11:00am – 9:00pm on March 18th, print out the flyer (link is below), and we’ll get 15% of the proceeds from your order! Just think, you can indulge in all that cheesy goodness and you’ll be helping out your community. Win-Win! Even better, this offer is for dine in or take-out! Don’t forget, Round Table needs to get a copy of the flyer to make your order count.

Round Table PH Promo Flyer-March 18 (print this)

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March 15, 2015 Family Volunteer Day – Concord (Multiple Shifts)

Families are invited to bring their children, ages 5 and up, to introduce them to the benefits of volunteering and to help the hungry members of their community. Participants will be able to take a tour of the Food Bank warehouse and then volunteer bagging produce.

Multiple shifts are available and registration is required.

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March 1, 2015 Taste of Champions – March 1, 2015 (2:00-5:00pm)

Taste of Champions

Join us for Taste of Champions benefitting Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and gain exclusive access to the Yahoo! Fantasy Football Lounge with an incredible view of the new Levi’s Stadium.

Guests will enjoy gourmet food and mingle with some of our country’s top athletes including Olympic Gold Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, Stanley Cup Hockey Champion Brett Hedican, SF 49ers legends Eric Wright, Joe Montana, Jesse Sapolu and Keena Turner, and other NFL, NHL, MLB and Olympic Champions.

Entertainment will be provided by 11 time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay of Santana and his band Spang-A-Lang.  Emcees Vern Glenn and Thuy Vu will guide the event which includes a chance to bid on fabulous items during live and silent auctions.

This event sold out last year! Get your tickets at www.tasteofchampions.eventbrite.com or contact rbaptiste@foodbankccs.org, 925-771-1310 for more info.

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February 21, 2015 Family Food Sort (9:00-11:00am)

Looking to do something fun and meaningful with your children? Do you want to introduce or reinforce your young family members to the concept of philanthropy? Families with children as young as five years old are invited to a family volunteer opportunity at the Fairfield warehouse the third Saturday of EACH month from 9am to 11am. Families will bag fresh produce for the Community Produce Program. This is a first come, first served opportunity and registration is limited to 30 people per shift. All volunteers must be scheduled. If you are a new volunteer, or haven’t registered online before,  go to foodbankccs.org/volunteer, click on “Become a Volunteer” and follow the prompts.  One adult from each family should create an account, then go to the Family Food Sort opportunity on the calendar to actually sign up. When signing up, a family team should be created in order to register all other family members. Children 16 years of age and over and additional adults also have the option of creating their own accounts and signing in individually.

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February 14, 2015 Dutch Bros. Coffee "Cans for Coffee" Food Drive-Fairfield

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Bring three cans of non-perishable food to Dutch Bros. Coffee on Valentine’s Day and get a free medium coffee or special drink for the “Cans for Coffee” food drive. The offer is good all day, February 14, at the Oakley (1092 Main Street) and Fairfield (1420 Texas Street) locations.  Dutch Bros. believes in making a difference in our community “one cup at a time”.

 

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February 14, 2015 Dutch Bros. Coffee "Cans for Coffee" Food Drive-Oakley

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Bring three cans of non-perishable food to Dutch Bros. Coffee on Valentine’s Day and get a free medium coffee or special drink for the “Cans for Coffee” food drive. The offer is good all day, February 14, at the Oakley (1092 Main Street) and Fairfield (1420 Texas Street) locations.  Dutch Bros. believes in making a difference in our community “one cup at a time”.

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February 1, 2015 Souper Bowl of Caring

The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of youth working to fight hunger in their own communities. Participation couldn’t be simpler. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1st,  churches, schools and other organizations help tackle hunger by simply taking up a collection (many use a soup pot) asking for one dollar or an item of food for people in need.  One-hundred percent of the donations are then given directly to their charity of choice.  In 2014, more than $8.4 million was raised, by 7,590 groups, nationwide.  Register at www.souperbowl.org.  Choose the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano as your charity and help us score a victory in the fight against hunger!

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January 31, 2015 Knights of Columbus Crab & Pasta Feed (6:00-9:00pm)

The Knights of Columbus Annual Crab and Pasta Feed will be held at the St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon on January 31st. No host cocktails begin at 6 pm, including a martini bar, followed by dinner and raffles at 7:15 pm. The proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and St. Joan of Arc Parish. Tickets are $45 per person or $450 for a table of 10, advance registration only. To purchase tickets visit www.kofc9206.org or call (925) 548-2618. This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!

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December 19, 2014 Hansel and Gretel by Solo Opera December 19th and 20th

HanselGretel_facebookbanner_850x315A fairytale adventure of a mystical forest, two lost children, an enticing gingerbread house, and a wicked witch…

Solo Opera, the East Bay’s chamber opera company, is pleased to present a holiday treat for the entire family, Engelbert Humperdinck’s masterpiece, Hansel and Gretel. The two-hour performance will be sung in English.

The show runs December 19, 2014 (Friday) 7:00 pm and December 20, 2014 (Saturday) 2:00 pm at Del Valle Theatre- 1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Seating is reserved. For tickets call (925) 943-7469 or visit the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office:1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA.  94596

Throughout Hansel and Gretel, there is a running theme of hunger and poverty.  In order to tie this into the needs of the community, Solo Opera is pleased to be partnering with Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for their two performances.  The company asks that you please bring a nonperishable food item with you to the show to donate to the Food Bank’s cause.   Together, let us all help fight hunger!

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December 19, 2014 WestCAT Annual Stuff-A-Bus, Hercules (10AM-4:30PM)

The goal of this holiday drive is to fill the big decorated public transit WestCAT bus with both food AND toys for families in need. The food collected will go to the Food Bank. You can bring your non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys, between 10AM-4:30PM, to the Lucky’s parking lot, located at 1590 Sycamore Avenue in Hercules. Santa & Mrs. Claus will even be there to help spread holiday cheer. Donations can also be taken to the WestCAT office at 601 Walter Avenue in Pinole, Monday-Friday from 7:30AM – 6:00PM (12/1/14-12/23/14). For more information call (510) 724-3331 or visit www.westcat.org. STUFF A BUS BULLETIN 12_19_14

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December 15, 2014 WestCAT Annual Stuff-A-Bus, Pinole (10AM-4:30PM)

The goal of this holiday drive is to fill the big decorated public transit WestCAT bus with both food AND toys for families in need. The food collected will go to the Food Bank. You can bring your non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys, between 10AM-4:30PM, to the Safeway parking lot, located at 1421 Tara Hills Drive in Pinole. Santa & Mrs. Claus will even be there to help spread holiday cheer. Donations can also be taken to the WestCAT office at 601 Walter Avenue in Pinole, Monday-Friday from 7:30AM – 6:00PM (12/1/14-12/23/14). For more information call (510) 724-3331 or visit www.westcat.org. Click here to see flyer.

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December 7, 2014 Super Holiday Boutique, Concord (11AM-3PM)

Come to the 5th annual Super Holiday Boutique from 11AM-3PM at Centre Concord located at 5298 Clayton Road. You can find special one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. There will be free holiday arts & crafts activities, entertainment and free Santa photo opportunities. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they donate.  Visit www.SuperHolidayBoutique.com for more information. Click here to see flyer.

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December 5, 2014 Super Holiday Boutique, Pleasant Hill (5-8PM)

Come to the 5th annual Super Holiday Boutique from 5-8PM at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, located at 233 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill. You can find special one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. There will be free holiday arts & crafts activities, entertainment and free Santa photo opportunities. The first 200 families through the door will receive a holiday goody bag. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they donate. This event benefits both the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Thankfulness in California (to raise awareness and respect of all military personnel). Visit www.SuperHolidayBoutique.com for more information. Click here to see flyer.

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December 1, 2014 Fentons Creamery Fundraiser, Vacaville (The entire month of December)

Come to Fentons Creamery in Vacaville, located at 1669 East Monte Vista Avenue in the Nut Tree Plaza, to try Myrtle’s Monthly Creation, “Peppermint Joy.”  Fenton’s will donate 25% of the funds raised through these sales to the Food Bank. This delicious sundae consists of peppermint ice-cream, chocolate ice-cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and diced almonds, topped with a cherry and peppermint bark that is made in-house. A food barrel will also be on site for your non-perishable food donations. Click here to view flyer.

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December 1, 2014 Ice-Skating Fundraiser, Walnut Creek (Now thru January 11th)

You Skate. They Donate. We Can Fill a Plate.

This holiday season, Contra Costa Oncology has, once again, partnered up with Walnut Creek on Ice to help raise awareness and funds for the Food Bank. For every ice skating ticket that is collected at the rink, Contra Costa Oncology will make a donation to the Food Bank. The ice-skating rink is located at Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek. So come get your skate on and help fill a plate! Click here to view flyer.

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December 1, 2014 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight (Now thru December 31st)

For the 11th year, the employees of Solano and Contra Costa counties are engaging in a friendly competition to raise funds for the Food Bank. The county raising the most dollars per person wins bragging rights and possession of the coveted Big Apple trophy for one year. Solano County employees vow to retain the Big Apple trophy and to raise funds for the Food Bank while Contra Costa County employees vow to hit the $1 million dollar mark and win the Big Apple back!  Who will win? You can join in online and donate as a friend of either county at www.foodbankccs.org/countycup. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, past the PayPal button, click on the drop down menu and select “Friend of Solano County” or “Friend of Contra Costa County.”

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November 27, 2014 Forma Gym Turkey Trot (Volunteers Needed!)

event-img-01On Thanksgiving morning join in the fun with Forma Gym Turkey Trot to help raise money for the Food Bank and local public schools.   We are in need of volunteers before and on race day! Support the Food Bank by trotting on over to the volunteer sign up form at www.foodbankccs.org/formaturkeytrot.

To register to join the race, www.formaturkeytrot.com.  Your Thanksgiving morning will be filled with enthusiasm and fitness while helping raise much-need funds.

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November 27, 2014 Turkey Day Workout (9:00am)

Fit 2 The Core is offering a hardcore total body workout on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00am. You get fit and our community members in need get food! To participate in this serious calorie-torching and metabolism-boosting workout, simply bring a grocery store gift card valued at $10 or greater to Fit 2 The Core at 2956 Treat Blvd., Suite D in Concord.  The Food Bank will distribute the gift cards to families in need during the holidays. To reserve your place, email Marybeth@fit2thecore.com or call (925) 672-5777.

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November 18, 2014 ABC 7 News-Give Where You Live (4:00-7:00pm)

Join the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano on Nov. 18th between 4:00 and 7:00 pm as ABC7 broadcasts live from our warehouse in Concord. ABC7 News and Bay Area food banks are working together to collect much needed food and cash donations this holiday season. On-air interviews will be conducted with Food Bank clients, member agencies, donors and volunteers. We will have snacks, games, and a festive atmosphere.  Come by, bring a donation and meet an ABC7 meteorologist in person.

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November 18, 2014 Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx Holiday Food Drive (Now thru January 2nd)

Now until January 2, 2015: Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx Holiday Food Drive – The Save Mart family has launched this year’s holiday drive,
raising not only money for local food banks, but awareness about the unprecedented need for food security in our communities. At most Northern California food banks, a donation of $35 will provide a family of four one week’s
worth of meals. Understanding this, Save Mart will partner with shoppers to collect cash donations, allowing food banks to leverage the money to best meet community needs. Between now and January 2, 2015, shoppers can select a tag at checkout and directly donate to fund a meal for the local food bank: $2 for Breakfast, $3 for Lunch, $5 for Dinner.

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November 18, 2014 ABC 7 News-Give Where You Live (Now thru December 31st)

Join ABC7 in helping feed the Bay Area’s hungry this holiday season! Text the word FEED to number 80077 to donate $10 to Bay Area food banks. When prompted, reply with YES to confirm the donation and have it added to your phone bill. It’s a quick and simple way to make a difference to others in need.

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November 17, 2014 Oakhurst Country Club Fall Fest Food Drive

Oakhurst Country Club is hosting the Annual Fall Fest Food Drive, benefiting The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano!

Join in on Monday November 17th  along with your donation of canned food and receive $10 off  your golf!

$59.99 Includes: Golf, lunch and a fabulous day at our Private Club ($69 without your generous donation)

Call 925-672-9737 ext. 201 or register online at:  https://www.sadiegolf.com/fallfestfooddrive2014

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November 15, 2014 Shred It and Forget It Food Drive

Get 3 bags of documents per family shredded free!

To participate, you must …

  • Register at www.BennettBetter.com/Events
  • Bring 5 canned goods to donate—thanks!
  • Volunteers needed! If you can help, please call!

Download the flyer for more info.

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November 15, 2014 Scouting for Food

Scouts across the Bay Area will be collecting food on this one day food drive called Scouting For Food. The weekend before they will place door hangers on homes that they will return to on Saturday, November 15. Simply put a bag of food out on your porch that morning for the scouts and they will deliver it to the Food Bank. If you do not receive a door hanger, you can still donate by bringing the food to your local Bay Area Food Bank or one of the locations listed on the Year Round

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November 11, 2014 The Habit Burger Grill Grand Opening “Pre-Event” (11:30am-1:00pm)

The Habit Burger Grill Grand Opening “Pre-Event”
The Habit is opening a new location in Antioch and you’re invited! Come join us on Tuesday, November 11th from 11:30am-1:00pm at 5829 Lone Tree Way in Antioch to celebrate the opening of The Habit’s latest restaurant, have a great lunch and 100% of your proceeds will go to support our Food Bank! That’s right – The cost of your entire meal will be donated to charity! This is a pre-opening event that is open to all. Take action by helping us raise money to fight hunger in our communities.

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November 11, 2014 Sprouts Farmers Market Grab 'N Give (Now thru December 31st)

Throughout the holiday season , Sprouts executes our annual Grab ‘n Give holiday food drive to help feed the hungry in our local communities. Shoppers have the opportunity to purchase and donate bags of groceries at a 10% discount. We then donate the bags to local food banks in the communities we serve.

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November 6, 2014 Moraga Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament

The Moraga Senior Golf Association will be hosting the 2nd Annual “Turkey Shoot” Golf Tournament benefitting the Food Bank on Thursday, November 6 at Moraga Country Club with a full breakfast prior to an 8:30am shotgun start. The fee for non-MCC members is $125 which includes golf, breakfast and lunch. If you would not like to golf but are still interested in helping people in need in our community you can purchase a lunch ticket for $40 and still be able to participate in the silent and live auctions. This tournament will help provide turkeys and food to needy families during the holiday season. For information, to sign up or provide sponsorship, please contact Doug at 925-817-9994 or email him at tahoedoug@hotmail.com.

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November 5, 2014 NBC/Safeway "Help Us End Hunger" Food Drive – November 5-December 25

During this event, running from November 5th thru December 25th, Safeway will offer the opportunity to purchase a $10 pre-packed bag of groceries, which will be donated to your local food bank. You pay for the pre-packaged bag of groceries and place the bag in one of our in-store barrels, and the Food Bank pick up the food each week. This is a quick, easy, inexpensive way to donate. On November 22nd, Kiwanis volunteers will be out in force at most Safeway stores in the Bay Area encouraging you to donate. Watch NBC Bay Area all day on November 22nd for food drive coverage. Help us in the battle against hunger, shop Safeway during the holidays and buy a bag of groceries for your local Food Bank. Tell your friends!

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November 1, 2014 Gourmet East Bay (7:00-10:00pm)

Twenty of the top restaurants throughout the East Bay will feature premier tastings, and wineries and breweries from Napa and the East Bay will offer great pours amidst a fun atmosphere and fantastic live music. A raffle and silent auction will be one of the highlights of the evening – with prizes ranging in value and grandeur – from a $250 shopping spree at Broadway Plaza, to dining at participating restaurants, to playing golf at private clubs. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – just in time for the holiday season. For more information on the event and ticket sales please visit: www.gourmeteastbay.com.

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November 1, 2014 CBS5/Whole Foods Feed 4 More (Now thru December 26)

Whole Foods Market is once again partnering with KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area and its Food for Bay Area Families program to benefit Bay Area food banks and help feed families in need during the holidays. Donate nonperishable food items at your local market or purchase a “Pantry Builder” (monetary donations that go directly to your local food bank) at the register. Follow the drive on social media with the hashtags #‎sharethecheer‬ ‪#‎feed4more‬

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October 28, 2014 Food Day – Solano County

Join the Food Bank and the following organizations to learn how we can all play a part in eating real food at any budget.

  • Solano County Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention – food taste samples, prizes, food education
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Community Produce Day, 12-1 pm
  • Vallejo Grown – seeds distribution, gardening workshops & container gardening
  • UC Master Gardeners of Solano – Home gardening information
  • KISQ – gift cards, raffles and prizes
  • Child Start, Inc. – program information

Check out the Food Day flyer for more info!

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October 20, 2014 Presentation: "This Food is Our Food: Learning About the Contra Costa Food System and What Makes Us Great" (4:30-7:00pm)

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. Please join us on Monday, October 20th, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. for the presentation, This Food is Our Food: Learning About the Contra Costa Food System and What Makes Us Great. The event will take place at the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano at 4010 Nelson Avenue in Concord. Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. online at http://fooddayfbcc.eventbrite.com. This event is co-sponsored by Contra Costa Health Services, University of California Cooperative Extension, Supervisor Federal D. Glover, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.

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October 19, 2014 Food Day Food Drive at Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve  

The California Institute for Rural Studies will be showing “Fair Food Field to Table,” with speakers and a healthy food drive. This is one of only three Food Day events in Solano County. The event is at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve at 1595 Railroad Avenue in Vallejo (on Mare Island). You won’t want to miss the screening and discussion afterwards. Don’t forget to bring some healthy nonperishable food for the Food Bank. To register to attend or to see more information, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fair-food-field-to-table-a-food-day-film-screening-discussion-tickets-12731094045?ref=ebtn.

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October 18, 2014 Bags & Brews Fall Classic Cornhole Tournament (11:00am-6:00pm)

Join the CA Beer Society for a fun, festive Saturday as they partner with Black Diamond Brewery and the Food Bank during the 2nd Annual Bags & Brews Fall Classic Cornhole Tournament! The event will take place on October 18th from 11am – 6pm at Black Diamond Brewery in Concord. Cost is $25 per team of 2 and a full tournament consists of 64 teams, so make sure to tell your friends! Black Diamond will supply beer specials to those who bring canned goods to donate. Mediterranean Shwarma & Kebab and Kenny Heart & Soul food trucks will be on site to feed your appetites and there will be cool prizes and raffles to be won. Please visit www.facebook.com/CABeerSociety or www.cabeersociety.com for sign ups and updates.

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October 5, 2014 Family Volunteer Day-Concord (FULL)

This event is full. To register for updates on upcoming Family Volunteer Days, sign up for the Family Volunteer Day e-news (you will only receive communications about these events). At Family Volunteer Day children, ages 5 and up, are introduced to the benefits of volunteering to help the hungry members of their community. Participants will be able to take a tour of the Food Bank warehouse and then volunteer bagging produce. Multiple 90-minute long shifts will be available.

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October 4, 2014 Family Volunteer Day-Fairfield (1:00-3:00pm)

Families are invited to bring their children, ages 5 and up, to introduce them to the benefits of volunteering to help the hungry members of their community. Participants will be able to take a tour of the Food Bank warehouse and then volunteer bagging produce. Click here to sign up. Space is limited and this event fills up fast!

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October 1, 2014 "Food Day" Food Drive at Contra Costa County Libraries – October 1-24

Celebrate “Food Day” by donating a bag of nonperishable food to a food bank barrel at one of the Contra Costa County libraries from October 1st through October 24th (the official Food Day). At the same time, check out a book on nutrition, healthy eating and food education. Let’s fill up the barrels by sharing healthy food with those in need in our community. You provide the nonperishable food and we will add the healthy fresh fruits and vegetables!

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September 27, 2014 Pleasant Hill Community Service Day

Become a part of something really special! Pleasant Hill’s 10th annual Community Service Day is on Saturday, September 27th. Volunteers can help with a variety of projects including a neighborhood food drive. Gather at Pleasant Hill Park at 7:30am to receive a pancake breakfast and get your free t-shirt. Volunteers will go door to door in their neighborhood to collect food for the Food Bank. You will then bring the collected food back to the park where we will sort and box the food donations for distribution. We will provide new paper bags for you and samples of flyers. This is a great project for scouts, church groups, school children, neighborhood groups and anyone else that would like to help collect food for our neighbors in need. To sign up visit the City’s website.

For more information, contact Joan Tomasini at jtomasini@foodbankccs.org or 925-676-7543, ext 208.

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September 27, 2014 Walnut Creek Community Service Day

Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to volunteer on Saturday, September 27th as the city of Walnut Creek hosts their 4th annual Community Service Day!  There will be a variety of projects available, including a neighborhood food drive.  We will provide bags and flyers for you in advance.  You’ll kick off the day at Heather Farm Park at 7:30am for a pancake breakfast. After breakfast you will go door to door in your neighborhood to collect food for the Food Bank. Bring the bags of food back to the park where we will sort and box the food donations.  This is a great project for scouts, church groups, school children, neighborhood groups and anyone else that would like to help collect food for our neighbors in need. To sign up go to www.walnut-creek.org, scroll down the screen to Community Resources & Programs and look for Community Service Day. The Food Bank project is listed under “Community Assistance” projects.

For more information, contact Joan Tomasini at jtomasini@foodbankccs.org or 925-676-7543, ext 208.

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September 18, 2014 Walnut Festival Food Drive – September 18-21

Join us at Heather Farm Park (301 N. San Carlos Drive) in Walnut Creek for the 77th annual Walnut Festival 9/18/14 through 9/21/14. Carnival hours are Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday 5pm to 11pm, Saturday 11am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. For more information, visit www.thewalnutfestival.org or call 925‐935‐6766. Bring a can of food for the Food Bank and receive $1 off admission (maximum $1 per person each day).

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September 15, 2014 Photos For Food – Now-December 31

Photos for Food is a campaign that was started by Nathan Osmond of Life In Contrast Photography in an effort to give back to the communities that have supported him over the years. By booking a “Photos for Food” portrait session you can be sure to receive a beautiful set of family photos as well as knowing that you are helping those in need in our community. For every session booked (and shot) before 12/31/14, $150 will be donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. This is a great opportunity to give back while still getting something in return, it is a win/win for all involved and I hope you will join in supporting this great cause. Contact Nathan to book now: info@lifeincontrastphotography.com or (925) 207-2004. More info about the campaign can be found at www.lifeincontrastphotography.com/photos-for-food.

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September 1, 2014 Hunger Action Month – September 1-30

TURN ORANGE FOR HUNGER RELIEF

Every September, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano joins Feeding America to Turn Orange™ for Hunger Action Month. We ask supporters to become part of the movement to solve hunger, all month long.

3 EASY WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

TURN ORANGE™ by wearing orange on National Hunger Action Day, September 4th and on every Thursday in September. Orange is the official color of hunger awareness and makes a bold statement to start the conversation about hunger.

DONATE at www.foodbankccs.org/hungeractionmonth and share your action! Hold a food drive with your neighbors, at work or at your place of worship. Each dollar provides 2 nutritious meals.

SHARE Turn your Facebook and Twitter profiles orange for the month and let everyone know you’re taking action! Share Turn Orange pics and actions you’ve taken with @FoodBankCCS and @FeedingAmerica via social media and use the hashtag #HungerAction. Invite the Food Bank to share about hunger at your school, business or place of worship.

Visit www.foodbankccs.org/HungerActionMonth for sharable hunger facts and more easy ways to take action.

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August 17, 2014 Golden Gate Fields – Free Admission Food Drive

On August 17 Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Alameda County Community Food Bank will join forces with Golden Gate Fields to collect canned food to jump start the holiday season. We will be located at both entrances (Grandstand and Clubhouse). Everyone who brings 3 cans of food will receive a Clubhouse or Grand Stand admission pass to enter for free on this day. Not only will you be helping out your community but you will be able to enjoy a free live concert during the races. Plus, its dollar days so beers, sodas, waters and hot dogs are just $1! Come out and support your local food bank while having a fun day out.

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August 3, 2014 Food Bank Uncorked

Tickets are limited and going fast! Make sure to reserve your spot by Friday, August 1st
Food Bank Uncorked is a unique event, partnering with GV Cellars to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Outstanding local wines will be paired with live entertainment by Westbound 80 and gourmet food from MagPies, a popular local caterer.  Proceeds will help the Food Bank continue to bring high-quality fresh produce and other nutritious food to people in need in your community. Get your tickets and share this event with friends on Eventbrite.

Presenting Sponsor Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery will match donations up to a total of $5,000 from Food Bank Uncorked.

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Thank you to supporters of Uncorked: Tom Chowaniec, Lynne & Bruce Phelps, PG&E, The Conco Companies, Community Business Bank, Bill Eames, Underground Construction, United Healthcare, Janssen, Credit Bureau Associates, Tracy Salisbury& Ron Matthias, Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, Ford Lincoln Fairfield

Sponsorships are available. Please contact Kathy Gleason, kgleason@foodbankccs.org or call 925-676-7543 ext 218.

 

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August 2, 2014 Moraga Pear Harvest – August 2 & 3

Moraga Pear Harvest will be held Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the corner of Canyon Rd and Camino Pablo. This annual event is organized by the Moraga Park Foundation and their members will be on hand to provide direction. Volunteers will be picking pears which will be picked up each day by the Food Bank.  Individuals and families are welcome to come and help for a few hours. Wear sturdy shoes or boots (the ground is not suitable for sandals or flip flops).  Pear picking tools will be provided. All of the pears will go out to those in need in our community the week following the pear picking!

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July 19, 2014 1st Annual Clayton 5K Run & Fitness Fair FOOD DRIVE

Bring nonperishable food to the 1st Annual Clayton 5k Run & Fitness Fair on Saturday 7/19 at the Clayton Community Park (lower level at the cross streets of Marsh Creek Road and Regency Drive). Your bag of food is your entry fee for this fun event coordinated as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Food Bank Ambassadors will have a table with information and giveaways for kids. Check in between 7:15am and 8am. There will be fitness booths, a kid zone for the children, CPR demonstrations and lots more. You can pre-register at clayton5krun.weebly.com or register the morning of the event.

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July 5, 2014 Bouncefarm Peanut Butter Drive

While we are all enjoying our summer, there are some hungry kids out there. We are trying to gather as much peanut butter (the most requested kid item at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano) as we can. Please help us! Drop by and get 1/2 price ($5) for 2 hours of Open Bounce with a jar of peanut butter or $1 off the regular $10 price for Canned food to add to our barrell. Help us spread the word! Please share this post to your timeline. No coupons or discounts may be used at this event.(One child per donation, please)

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July 4, 2014 Celebrate Hercules July 4th Food Drive

biStitchual and Thirty-One Gifts will collaborate in supporting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano!

-Mother and daughter partners, Maggie & Alena, have realized a dream that was long in the making when they opened the doors to their very own fine yarns and notions shop, biStitchual, located in Old Towne Pinole. biStitchual is a community of creative people who enjoy sharing ideas and expanding their skills.

Giving back to the community is important to them which is why they decided to do a Food Drive for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. Join their fight against hunger by dropping off non-perishable food and earn a chance to spin the Wheel of Fiber for a chance to win fun prizes. Visit them  at the Celebrate Hercules 4th of July expo event from 7am to 2pm located at Refugio Valley Park in Hercules.

-Thirty-One Gifts is a national direct sales company that designs fun, functional and beautiful bags, totes, purses and home organizers. Part of their company’s mission is to give back to the community assisting women, girls and families.

As a consultant for the company, Ann Nowak will be participating in the Celebrate Hercules 4th of July Expo from 7am to 2pm located at Refugio Valley Park in Hercules.  Ann will be donating $5.00 from each purchase of The Essential Tote – a perfect go-to for the market. Through her efforts, she hopes to raise funds that will provide meals to many.

You can learn more about the event by going to: www.hercules4thofjuly.com.

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July 1, 2014 Erik's DeliCafé – Now – July 31

Now through July 31st!

For the whole month of July, all 33 Erik’s DeliCafé locations will donate a portion of sales from 8 featured menu items to local food banks. All proceeds gathered from the San Ramon DeliCafé at 2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd. will go to the Food Bank. Please visit and enjoy one of their specialty items and help feed someone in need in your community.

Visit www.eriksdelicafe.com to find locations near you.

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July 1, 2014 Cost Cutters Family Hair Salons – Now-September 30

Cost Cutters Family Hair Salons in Vacaville and Fairfield are raising money for the Food Bank. Stop in for a haircut between July 1st and September 30th and tell your stylist that you want a “cut & donation”. Cost Cutters will then donate $3 to the Food Bank for every full price haircut ($15.95). You can go in as often as you like, so please encourage your family and friends to claim the offer too!

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June 30, 2014 Grocery Outlet Food Drive – Now – July 31

Grocery Outlet stores are conducting their fourth annual Independence from Hunger food drive during the month of July. You can help feed our community two different ways:

  • Look for specially-marked food items at your local Grocery Outlet. Purchase these items and place them in the collection bins at the front of the store. There will also be pre-packaged bags that provide a healthy meal choice for families in need so purchase a bag of food and make your shopping easy!
  • Tell a Grocery Outlet cashier that you’d like to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to the local food assistance agencies in your community.

The Food Bank has barrels at the Concord Grocery Outlet at 1840 Willow Pass Road (across the street from the Park and Shop Center) and the Pinole Grocery Outlet at 1460 Fitzgerald Avenue. Our partner agencies have barrels at the other Grocery Outlet stores in our two counties. No matter which Grocery Outlet store you shop at, make sure you purchase some of the specials and place the food in the barrels or make a cash donation to help members of our community put food on their table.

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June 14, 2014 King of the County BBQ, June 14-15

Join us for the 8th Annual King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival on June 14th and 15th!
Enjoy two days of family fun on Father’s Day Weekend! Open 11am to 6pm – Amazing BBQ Vendors, Live Music, BBQ Competition, Kid’s activities, Arts & Crafts booths, Microbreweries & Wineries, over 100 Vendor booths, Free Admission & Parking (no pets allowed). All at the Martinez Waterfront Park. Support the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and bring a can (or more) of nonperishable food! www.CountyBBQ.com

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June 7, 2014 Family Volunteer Day – Fairfield

Families are invited to volunteer where we will showcase the benefits of families working together and introduce children under 11 years old* to the volunteer experience. 

Families with children will be able to take a tour of the Food Bank warehouse, then volunteer bagging or boxing produce.

RSVP required online at www.foodbankccs.org/familyvolunteerdayfairfield or contact Lauren Strouse at 707-421-9777 or lstrouse@foodbankccs.org.

*To participate, children must be ages 5 and older and must be accompanied by an adult; provide one chaperone per child for children ages 5 – 10 and at least one chaperone for every 2 to 3 children ages 11 and up.

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May 29, 2014 Free Admission to the Contra Costa County Fair

Be a kid again at the Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch! By bringing 3 cans of food, you will receive free admission on Thursday May 29 (the first day of the fair) and will be helping kids have food for the summer. Fair hours are noon to 9pm. There will be live music on the Main Stage, entertaining shows, fantastic fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, FREE Kids activities, and much, much more! For more information visit www.contracostafair.com.

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May 11, 2014 Peanut Butter with a Purpose at Save Mart and Lucky – May 11-31

PB Purpose-LKY Social_2May 11-31 all Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets in Northern California will be collecting peanut butter to help stock the pantries of local food banks. Jif peanut butter has announced a buy-one, get-one promotion making it easy for families to donate a jar of peanut butter each time they purchase one.

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March 1, 2014 Outnumber Hunger with General Mills – March – May

General Mills is making it easy to donate to hunger relief with Outnumber Hunger! Enter the code from any specially marked General Mills packages and help Feeding America secure 5 MEALS on behalf of local food banks. There’s no need to register!

www.OutnumberHunger.com

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March 1, 2014 Child Hunger Ends Here – Now – August 28

ConAgra Foods and P&G are working with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to change that. Find the red push pin and 8 digit code on specially marked packages. Enter the code at www.childhungerendshere.com and check back to see how many meals you have helped raise for your local food bank!

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