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Counties Care Food Fight

In week three of the Counties Care Food Fight, Contra Costa County employees have pulled ahead of Solano County employees! The race is on. Contra Costa County employees have collected $36,229.64 or $5.55 per employee and Solano County employees have collected $12,257.85 or $4.99 per employee.

Contra Costa County vs Solano County

The Food Fight benefits neighbors in need in both counties and continues through December 31st. To learn how to support your county as a “friend” go to /events/index.html.

Counties Care Holiday Food Fight week two

As the Counties Care Holiday Food Fight enters week two, Solano County is still in the lead with a grand total of $9,432.83 or $3.84 per employee.  Contra Costa County employees have collected  $16,790.11 or $2.57 per employee. The Food Fight runs through December 31.  You can help your county collect extra dollars by donating as a “friend”.  Learn more here:  /events/index.html.

Friendly “Food Fight” is off to a good start!

The Counties Care Holiday Food Fight is off and running! After the first week, Solano County is in the lead collecting $3,043 or $1.24 per employee. Close behind is Contra Costa County at $7,929.87 or $1.21 per employee.

In this competition employees of both counties sell Food Bank Buy A Bags, hold raffles and bake sales, and collect donations from fellow employees anyway they can. The  goal is to collect the most dollars per employee to win the competition and hold possession of the coveted Big Apple Trophy for one year! To donate, go to

County Bar Association Rallies to Raise Funds for the Food Bank

The Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce results of the 2010 Food From The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  In May, 43 local law offices with more than 800 employees donated over $72,000 and collected 2,800 pounds of food.  Each dollar contributed can buy enough food for three meals.  The Food Bank and Bar Association are especially pleased by this year’s totals given current economic conditions.

This marks the 18th annual Food From The Bar fundraiser.  Over the years county attorneys and their staff have donated $820,000 and 53 tons of food, making the Bar Association one of the Food Bank’s largest supporters.

As a way to encourage competition and stimulate donations, the Bar declares winners in five categories based on highest per capita contribution.  The winners for 2010 are:

West County               – Lyon & Quintero

1-10 employees           – Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher

11-20 employees         – Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser

21-50 employees         – Morgan Miller Blair

51+ employees            – Archer Norris

Attorneys solicited goods and services from vendors, restaurants and other businesses that were auctioned or raffled.  Firms used many creative fundraising efforts:  past activities have included head shaving, creampuff eating, and “Fear Factor” type contests.  In mid-May you may have seen a parade of people in matching blue shirts during a 5K walk-a-thon around downtown Walnut Creek – an event that raised thousands of dollars in pledges!

Members of the 2010 Food From The Bar Committee

Renee Baptiste, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Joshua Bevitz, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP

Dan Birkhaeuser, Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser

Suzanne Boucher, Law Office of Suzanne Boucher

Chad Gallagher, Miller Starr Regalia

Barbara Jewell, Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines

Michelle Moore, Morrison & Foerster

Adriana Quintero, Lyon & Quintero

Lisa Reep, Contra Costa Bar Association

Lisa Roberts, McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers LLP

Ed Shaffer, Archer Norris (Chair)

Monica Sloboda, Morgan Miller Blair

Geoffrey Steele, Nevin, Ramos & Steele

by Ed Shaffer of Archer Norris, Chair of the Food From The Bar Committee

East Bay Law Firms’ 5K Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser Benefits Food from the Bar

Food from the Bar is one of the most successful fundraisers for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  This year, local law firms are banding together for the first time to participate in a joint 5K Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Food Bank.  On Friday, May 7, over 80 participants will don their walking shoes to trek 3.1 miles around downtown Walnut Creek to fight hunger through the Food from the Bar campaign. 

Since 1992, the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) has sponsored an annual food and fundraising competition where local law firms, solo practitioners and county legal offices vie to raise the most per capita money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, in an event dubbed “Food from the Bar” (FFTB).  Since FFTB began, attorneys and staff have raised $740,000 and over 52 tons of food for the Food Bank.

As the organizer of the event, Archer Norris PLC is proud to walk with fellow firms: McNamara, Dodge, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Pfalzer, Borges & Brothers LLP; Miller Starr Regalia PLC; The Law Offices of Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines, APC; Timken Johnson Hwang LLP; Van De Poel, Levy & Allen, LLP, along with other individuals in the community.

Each $50 registration fee for the Walk-A-Thon directly assists the Food Bank, and participants also receive sponsor donations from family, friends and colleagues.  The top three participants who raise the most additional money for the Food Bank win a gift certificate to Sports Basement, a Walk-A-Thon sponsor.

“For the past 18 years, law firms have challenged one another to find new and exciting ways to raise money for FFTB, which ultimately provides food for thousands of Contra Costa and Solano county residents each month” explains Ed Shaffer, Archer Norris partner and FFTB committee Chair for the CCCBA.  “This year participating firms are challenging each other in a new way; by coming together in a single fundraising Walk-A-Thon, we hope to raise more money for the Food Bank than ever before.”

Food From The Bar

The 15th Annual Food From The Bar Comedy Night for the Food Bank (called “RES IPSA JOKUITOR”) took place at Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill on April 27. This event was the place to be for great food, friends, prizes and laughs! Justice James Marchiano served as MC and started the evening off with his annual joke. Opening Act Andrew Norelli, who has performed nationally, gave a clever and professional routine that had the audience in stitches. Headliner Bob Sarlatte regaled the audience with stories from his many appearances on David Letterman and his long career as a performer – as well as his role as announcer for the 49’ers. The Food Bank collected almost 200 pounds of beef stew graciously donated by our guests.

The Food Bank would like to thank these generous sponsors for making this event so successful:


Scott Valley Bank  ~  Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher
Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines
Newmeyer & Dillion LLP  ~  Heritage Bank of Commerce
Certified Reporting Services  ~  Miller Starr Regalia  ~  Mechanics Bank
Contra Costa County Bar Association  ~  Back Forty Texas BBQ

This event kicked off the 18th Annual Food From The Bar, a two week food/fund drive. Last year’s winners of this competition were:

West County – Lyon & Quintero
1-10 Employees – Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher
11-20 Employees – Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser
21-50 Employees – Bowles & Verna
51 and over Employees – Archer Norris

Good luck to each and every firm participating this year! We look forward to hearing about your fundraising experiences.

Panera Bread shares the warmth with the Food Bank

Fueled by the generous contributions of its customers, Contra Costa and Solano counties area Panera Bread® bakery-cafes in Antioch, Concord and Vacaville are donating a total of $8120.35 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nationâ recipient, contributed in 2009.  The funds will be used to further Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano mission of helping the needy in the Contra Costa and Solano neighborhoods.

For the past 17 years, Panera and its franchisees have helped dozens of charitable organizations through Operation Dough-Nation, a program that allows Panera Bread and its customers to make a positive impact in the community in several ways.  For example, a portion of all customer donations made in Community Breadbox™ containers near the registers are matched with cash by participating Panera Bread locations for distribution to local charities, such as Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  And at the end of the day, local cafes also donate unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief agencies through the company’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program.

“We are proud to share ‘Panera Warmth’ with members of our local community throughout the year,” said Todd McDermott, Joint Venture Partner “Bread is an important part of our culture – it brings people together – and Panera is dedicated to giving back to the people who have welcomed us into their neighborhoods and invited us to share in their lives.”

clockwise from the lower left: Adis Bajramovic, Brandy Earnest, Todd McDermott, Lisa Sherrill, Mark Stuart, Emily Diefenbach, Brian Jackson, David Warehime.

Nationwide, Panera Bread and its franchisees have helped numerous non-profit organizations through Operation Dough-Nation. Thanks to the generosity of its customers, Panera Bread and its franchisees will donate more than $1 million to dozens of charities raised in 2009. Over the years, contributions have helped organizations including local food banks and pantries, Meals on Wheels, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and many others. Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated over $50 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2009 to help people in need.

For more information on how to support local Operation Dough-Nation programs, visit your neighborhood Panera Bread bakery-cafe.  To find the closest location, visit

Cupid’s Cash

Looking for the perfect low cal Valentine gift?  Purchase Cupid’s Cash for your loved one!  Available exclusively at California Pacific Federal Credit Union, 4075 Nelson Ave. Suite E, Concord.  This is real United States currency….bankable and spendable!  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  Only $2.50 includes Valentine greeting card, envelope and $1 Cupid’s Cash!

Las Lomas Lends a Helping Hand in Food Drive

Although the current economic crisis has lead to more donations to local charities and food banks, there are more people who need the donated food more than ever. “We are serving over 108,000 people, 30 percent more than two years ago,” said Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s community relations manager Lisa Sherrill. “People are coming to us because they have been laid off and can’t find work or they just don’t make enough to make ends meet. In Contra Costa County, it would take four full-time minimum wage jobs to earn enough for the basic necessities.” Approximately 33 percent of the people served at the local Contra Costa and Solano county Food Bank are children.

Las Lomas helped the cause with its annual Food Drive, which ran from Nov. 9 through Nov. 20. According to Community Service Commissioner Natalie Herndon, the school raised 2200 pounds of food this year. “With the shape of the economy, this year we were not expecting a very big food drive, but we were pleasantly surprised,” said Herndon. “The student body really helped out at a time when the food banks need it most. And I wish everyone could understand how grateful the Contra Costa Food Bank is for all donations.”

Junior Anna Jameson spent long hours along with the Community Service Board to help make this year’s Food Drive the best it could be. “Planning the food drive was a lot of fun and hard work,” said Jameson. “We visited the food bank for ideas and were able to put a lot of those ideas in action.”

Leadership separately rewarded the two classes that brought in the most cans and the most money for the Food Drive with a pizza party.

James Morgan’s Chemistry class raised over 1,700 cans, winning the pizza party. “I was very proud of how my class raised to the challenge. They were truly Knights,” said Morgan. “I have a history of winning the can food drive in my previous teaching assignment. It was for a great cause and I was able to crush Mr. Schreiber class like a bug.”

Sophomore Miranda Fulks donated 40 cans, contributing to the class’s win. According to a text, Fulks said, “We were proud we won. We brought in so many cans. Most of us brought like 40 cans each. And it felt good to donate and help a lot of people out.”

Japanese teacher Andrew Schreiber’s Japanese 3 class also won a pizza party for bringing in the most money among all of the classes. “My classes in the past have chosen to donate; however, this year was very special,” said Schreiber. “With many parents and families being hit by the financial downturn, to donate to people in need is wonderful”.

By Erin Weckel, guest blogger and Los Lomas student

Trick or Treating for Cans

California High School’s Interact Club annually runs a “Trick or Treating for Cans” food drive and donates the food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. This year, the food drive was completed with the help of three clubs from Cal High: Interact, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. A goal of this food drive was also to cover an even larger area than the previous years in order to obtain more food.

The food drive started out with the bag assembly. With the help of the Food Bank, Cal High was given around 5,000 plain, brown paper bags. The volunteers of the clubs grabbed a couple of staplers and began stapling flyers onto the paper bags. The flyer announced the food drive and what foods were needed. Next week, all the bags were handed around San Ramon and the households were given one week to fill up the bag. After that week was up, the clubs drove around San Ramon, picking up the bags of food. Once all this was done, the Food Bank drove the truck to Cal High and picked up all the food.

The total amount of food collected was 5,216 pounds! Christina, representing Cal High, was recognized on CBS5 (photo above), for the work that she and the three clubs did to help our neighbors in need!