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Let The 2014 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight Begin!

HAM_Child4This year marks the 11th year that employees of Solano and Contra Costa counties will raise funds for their neighbors in need and compete for possession of the coveted Big Apple trophy!  The annual Holiday Food Fight began in 2003 as a friendly competition to raise funds for the Food Bank.  In the past eleven years county employees have creatively raised over $1 million dollars 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.

Many county employees work directly with low-income clients and understand their need for help with food.  Many county employees want to make their community a better place to live in and take an active role in improving their neighbors’ lives.  You too can help by donating online at www.foodbankccs.org/countycup. Through the end of the year, scroll down past PayPal, click on the drop down menu and select “Friend of” Costa County or Solano County employee.

Tenth Annual County Cares Food Fight

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: The Solano County Board of Supervisors recently challenged the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to “bring it on” for the tenth annual County Cares Food Fight. This friendly competition between employees of both counties is a way of sharing the holiday spirit with the people in need the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano serves. County employees volunteer their time in creative ways raising funds for the Food Bank so help can be there during the holiday season and beyond.

Bake sales, gently-used jewelry sales, and donations for a dress-down day all help the Food Bank’s work. County staff members have fun with the “competition” that exists between departments in each county so they can get bragging rights with their fellow employees. The energy and creativity people put into this drive shows that people truly care about those in need in their community. It also shows they know how to have a fun time as they make a difference.

The County Cup Food Fight benefits the Food Bank several ways. Obviously, the money makes a real difference. This drive has raised over one million dollars in the past nine years, and provides the Food Bank more than $120,000 each year to help our work. But this drive is as important in the sense of community it brings. It is a significant act when people work together to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Through their actions, county employees are saying that it is not acceptable for hungry people to exist in our communities. The money and energy they give are a statement that hunger is not acceptable in our community.

Big Wins in the Holiday Food Fight

Once again, Solano and Contra Costa Country employees stepped forward to help their neighbors in need during the holidays. Not easily discouraged by the poor economy, layoffs and furlough days, county employees raised a grand total of $116,133.90 to benefit the Food Bank!

In the employee to employee competition, Contra Costa County retains the big apple trophy by raising $9.91 per employee compared to Solano County’s $8.11 per employee.

The Food Fight competition began in 2004, when Contra Costa County employees raised $57,012.70 and Solano County employees raised $15,091.  In the eight years of the competition, Contra Costa County has won the Big Apple trophy five times and Solano County has won three times.  In the eight year Food Fight history, county employees have raised a very grand total of $927,643.73 for the Food Bank!

Although each county fights to win possession of the trophy each year, all employees understand that the real winners in this competition are the thousands of residents their hard earned donations dollars will feed.

“Foodie Frog” (aka Kate Sibley) joined Food Bank Executive Director Larry Sly and Dan Hoffman from the Contra Costa County Sherriff’s Office to kick off Holiday Food Fight 2011. Foodie’s mission was to motivate CC County Food Fight team leaders with a “ribbetting” presentation!

 

Contra Costa County wins the Big Apple trophy

Contra Costa County wins the Big Apple trophy in Holiday Food Fight 2010!  Contra Costa County Supervisors and Food Fight team leaders show off the Big Apple and other awards presented by Larry Sly at the February 8 Board of Supervisors meeting.  Together, Contra Costa and Solano County employees raised over $143,000 for the Food Bank during the 2010 holiday season!

Calpine Corporation donates $10,000 to Food Bank

Even though I have been with the Food Bank forever, I still get amazed at how people’s willingness to make a difference gets channeled into the reality of food going to a hungry person.

Calpine Corporation is a company that wants to make a difference in the East County community where they do business.  Through their connection with Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover they see that a donation to the Food Bank can help the low-income people in Supervisor Glover’s district.  And because we are able to get coverage of this generous donation from Dave Padilla at KCBS Radio, hopefully we can motivate other people who want to make a difference to step forward.  The connections that come from a generous impulse are fantastic.

Calpine donates $10,000

Calpine Corporation’s Business Manager Karri Campbell presents $10,000 to Larry Sly, Executive Director of the Food Bank in response to County Supervisor Federal Glover’s appeal for donations.

Last week for Counties Care Food Fight!

In the final week of the Counties Care Holiday Food Fight Solano County employees have pulled ahead of Contra Costa County employees!

Solano County employees have raised $17,440.11 or $7.10 per employee compared to Contra Costa County employees $44,523.64 or $6.82 per employee.  The Food Fight officially ends December 31st.  Go to www.foodbankccs.org/donate to donate as a “friend” of the Food Fight in your county.  DONATE ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31 FOR A 2010 TAX DEDUCTION!

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  www.foodbankccs.org/events.

Food Fight 2010

The annual Counties Care Holiday Food Fight enters its seventh year this year.  Starting in 2003, Contra Costa County employees challenged Solano County employees to a Food Fight competition to raise funds for neighbors in their respective counties. The winning county was determined by the amount of funds raised per employee.

Funds are raised in a variety of ways including collecting donations for Food Bank Buy A Bags, holding bake sales, selling hot dogs, and any creative way county employees can think of to wrestle donations out of their fellow employees!  The prize for the winning county is possession of and bragging rights to the coveted Big Apple trophy for one year.

Local radio stations including KUIC, KKDV, and Gene Burns at KGO pitch in to help promote the drive, encouraging listeners to donate as a “friend of the Food Bank”. This brings in additional funding to the Food Bank however these funds are not included in the employee competition.

Solano County takes home the big apple trophy.

Solano County takes home the Big Apple trophy in 2009.

A total of $668,553.90 has been donated to the Food Bank since Counties Care Holiday Food Fight’s inception!

Each county has won three times and Solano County took home the trophy last year.  Although “friends of the Food Bank” donations do not help your county win the competition, your donation does help your neighbors in need win the fight against hunger.

The number of residents in both counties needing help with food grows daily. In 2009 the Food Bank provided food for over 108,000 residents per month.  In 2010 that number has jumped to over 132,000.   The need is great.  Please make a donation today!