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Jeans for Beans

Creative juices were swirling when Pacific Service Credit Union decided to hold a food drive with their employees!  Dedicated to making a difference in the community, they created a fun and effective Jeans for Beans program to help the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano with food and money donations.

The program worked like this: Employees would be allowed to wear jeans to work on Fridays if  they donated one nonperishable item or one dollar to the Food Bank.  They could wear jeans and tennis shoes for two items or two dollars.

In the first two weeks of the program, employees donated a barrel of food and over $600. By the end of December, employee contributions totaled $861.00 and then Pacific Service matched that  for a total of $1711.00!

The Jeans for Beans program is one of the many ways that Pacific Service Credit Union partners with the Food Bank.  They may have been walking around in jeans and sneakers , but you can’t dress down a big heart .  Thanks Pacific Service!

Tesoro Goes Above and Beyond

Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery is a longtime supporter of the Food Bank that consistently looks for ways to raise awareness and support.  For example, this year Tesoro sponsored the Food Bank in a banner program with the City of Concord and Chamber of Commerce.  Fifteen banners advertising the Food Bank were displayed throughout the city on light posts.  The banners raise awareness and remind us that no one should go hungry throughout the year.

Tesoro has also been instrumental in raising awareness and support through various programs throughout the year where they match public dollars for donations. Beyond just giving money, Tesoro invests a lot of hands-on time with events like Kidfest, where Tesoro matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) per pound of food donated or dollar of donation received.  In partnership with Concord High School, Tesoro and over 100 students collected over 17,000 pounds of food in two hours trick or treating for it on Halloween night.  Again, Tesoro matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000).  During the year, other events such as Taking the World by Storm and An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden continued to raise awareness and support the mission of the Food Bank. Every year refinery employees meet up for an event called Bay Area Refinery Motorcycle Run/Food Drive, chaired by Tesoro employee Chris McDowell, where local refineries collect food and funds for the Food Bank then celebrate their efforts with a motorcycle and classic-car ride ending in a BBQ with entertainment and raffle to benefit the Food Bank.  Many Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees also volunteer their time to sort food and serve the Food Bank as exemplified by Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Claire Spencer, who serves on the Food Bank’s Board of Directors as Secretary.

Tesoro and Golden Eagle strives to improve the quality of life in the surrounding community.  Over half a million dollars was invested in 2012 into local charities by employees’ personal donations, as well as, the company charitable fund contributions.  Over fifty charities were supported in 2012 and employees donated over 4,000 volunteer hours.

We thank Tesoro for their continued support and invite you to find out how your company can get involved at the Food Bank.








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.

Wired for Giving

“I feel extremely fortunate to work with such a caring group of people who, much like the Food Bank, are always ready to help out.” said Mark Sheeley, of Contra Costa Electric, Inc., when speaking recently about the generous employees at his company.

Contra Costa Electric and its’ employees have been contributing to the Food Bank for many years, donating food, turkeys, and money. Contra Costa Electric and its’ employees have been contributing to the Food Bank for many years, donating food, turkeys, and money. They were a 2012 sponsor for Admiral’s Garden, and in September, rather than a donation of $500 or even $1000, they contributed $3500 to the Refinery Run, because their business is doing so well.  Contra Costa Electric believes in giving back; they also provide ACE mentors for high school students, contribute to overseas troops, as well as the “Taking Kid Safety to the Street,” program which draws attention to the plight of missing children.

Employees at Contra Costa Electric who go above and beyond receive the Diamond Award and their Pink Hard Hat Program is October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a quality company in so very many wonderful ways. The Food Bank is grateful to be the beneficiary of Contra Costa Electric’s philanthropic efforts and the contributions of its’ caring employees.

Genentech Gives Back Week

Genentech has supported the Food Bank since 2004, providing funding for our programs, (including being a major funder of our Farm 2 Kids program in Solano County for the past 4 years) and sponsorship of Food Bank events. They even co-hosted a charity softball game between themselves and Alza Corporation, another big supporter of the Food Bank and also located in Vacaville, and the Food Bank was chosen as one of the recipients of the funds raised.

Genentech employees support the Food Bank on many levels – United Way donor-designated funds, Share Your Meal program, and of course volunteering with us. Last year the employees donated $239 during their Genentech Gives Back campaign. The Food Bank is proud to be participating again in their nonprofit expo on June 13 at their Vacaville plant. Genentech employees will be volunteering in our Fairfield warehouse on June 15. Both events are part of Genentech Gives Back Week.

As a major corporation in Solano County, Genentech is a role model for other businesses and exemplifies what it truly means to Give Back to the Community. They rock!

Chevron Gets Creative with Empty Bowls

Special thanks to our corporate partner Chevron for their ongoing support of a variety of Food Bank programs and events.  Chevron sponsors the Food Banks Farm 2 Kids Richmond and Concord programs, bringing 5-6 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to 2,600 children weekly.  Chevron supports the Food Bank’s June Admiral’s Garden fundraiser as well as the annual Holiday Food Drive. In addition, we thank Chevron for sponsoring the Holiday note card art competition, and the upcoming Empty Bowls event.

Speaking of Empty Bowls, Chevron volunteers visited the Food Bank on Friday, February 17 to paint bowls for these March 24 and 25  events.  Feeling a little insecure about their artistic abilities at first, the volunteers rallied and completed over 100 beautiful ceramic bowls! Designs included flowers, fruit, vegetables, butterflies, lady bugs, trees, abstract and geometric designs and more.  Thank you volunteers!

Empty Bowls will take place at the Food Bank Concord warehouse at 5 pm on Saturday, March 24, and at the Food Bank Fairfield warehouse at 3 pm on Sunday, March 25. Go to  to learn how you can participate in Empty Bowls and to register to attend online.

Thank you Chevron for your participation and sponsorship of Empty Bowls, and for your ongoing support throughout the year. With the help of corporate partners such as Chevron, the Food Bank has been able to reach our commitment to feed over 132,000 Contra Costa and Solano county residents in need each month.

Come to our Concord warehouse from 9-1 on Saturday, March 3rd to paint an empty bowl of your own, or get your own limited edition Chevron bowl by registering for Empty Bowls Concord, or Empty Bowls Fairfield. View the full photo set on Facebook.

A Local Company’s Continued Support

People support the work of the Food Bank because they believe in what we do.  They evaluate our audits and look at our annual report, but many times people support us because they are asked to help by someone they respect.

The Calpine Corporation does business in East Contra Costa County and they want to be part of a strong community.  In order to make this happen, they work with Supervisor Federal Glover to help meet the needs in his district.  Because of this strong relationship, Calpine made another $10,000 donation to the Food Bank as part of the County Cares food drive competition this year.

I had a chance to meet with Chris German the General Manager of Calpine’s East County facilities at Supervisor Glover’s office at the end of December and he provided us with a $10,000 check to help those in need in our community.  The business support that Supervisor Glover helps bring to the Food Bank will allow us to provide food assistance to those who need help, another excellent example of people helping people.

Supervisor Glover with Food Bank Executive Director Larry Sly and Calpine General Plant Manger, Chris German


Sutter Hospital provides $6000 to Hungry Solano County Neighbors

Sutter Health has generously selected the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to receive a $6,000 donation as part of a quarter-million-dollar donation to 29 food banks throughout Northern California.

“I’m very pleased to give what we can to our local food bank, especially when so many families are in need,” stated Terry Glubka, CEO of Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo.

Over the past three years, Sutter Health donated $762,500 to food banks in local communities which enables the purchase nutritious food for those in need.

Besides the medical center in Vallejo, Sutter Health operates care centers in Fairfield, Rio Vista, Vacaville.

SCARE AWAY HUNGER – Trick or Treat for Food

Guest blog post by Ken Dami – Public and Government Affairs Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company Golden Eagle Refinery – The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has partnered with Concord High School and the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery to “Scare Away Hunger”. Over 80 Concord High School students and teachers, supported by a team of Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees, will be out on Halloween night trick or treating for food on behalf of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The students have formed seven teams that will trick or treat for food and/or donations in selected neighborhoods in the greater Concord area. The purpose is to raise much needed funds and food for the Food Bank which currently serves over 132,000 people every month. Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery is supporting the event with volunteers, vehicles, and matching dollar for dollar funds collected or pounds of food donated up to $5,000 to both the Food Bank and Concord High School ($10,000 total investment).

The event starts at Concord High School on October 31, 2011 at 5pm when the teams meet. Dinner will be hosted by Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery. Food Bank staff will be on hand with scales to weigh the food that is brought in by the teams or any that is dropped off by the public. All teams must return for final weigh in by 8:30pm. Concord High School teams are competing against each other to see who can raise the most funds or pounds of food. “The real winners are the students of Concord High School who have an opportunity to give back to their community and raise awareness for the Food Bank”, states Concord High School Student Government Representative, Zeenat Yahya. “We believe that no one should go hungry especially our neighbors. Our employees believe in serving their community and we are proud to partner with local students to support the Food Bank,” says Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery Manager, Steve Hansen.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Executive Director, Larry Sly states, “People shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. We’ve seen a large increase in the diversity of people seeking food. What’s making a difference for us in meeting the demand is how the community comes together with innovative ways to collect food and get the message out”.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 36 years. They provide food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distributed nearly 14 million pounds last year. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.

United Way Week of Caring

The Food Bank is again proud to be participating in United Way Week of Caring coordinated by the Volunteer Center of the East Bay. This is the 20th Week of Caring and this year 94 nonprofits are participating and receiving volunteer help from 2,700 corporate volunteers to complete 264 projects.

At the Food Bank we were grateful to have Chevron, Eisai Inc., Matson Navigation and Wells Fargo Volunteers help with 7 projects over four days. Chevron volunteers worked at our Rodeo Food Assistance Program site helping to provide groceries for about 300 families totaling over 900 people. Wells Fargo and Matson teams came together to sort and box thousands of pounds of food at our Concord warehouse on Tuesday.

On Wednesday two Wells Fargo teams arrived and worked together and on Thursday a team from Chevron who have helped  for 3 years tackled  bins of fresh plums all afternoon. On Friday Eisai Inc. sorted and boxed food drive in our Fairfield warehouse all morning. It has been an amazing week.

We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to show volunteers what the Food Bank does in our community and to have the help of all of these amazing volunteers.

Chevron Volunteers

Wells Fargo Volunteers