During the holiday season, Contra Costa Oncology partnered with Walnut Creek on Ice to promote awareness for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. From November to January, for every skating ticket that was collected at the ice rink, Contra Costa Oncology would match with a donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. The campaign “You Skate. We Donate.” provided the opportunity for the local community to feel involved with the fundraising efforts, while enjoying a fun time at the rink. Tens of thousands of skaters showed their support and Contra Costa Oncology delivered a check for $5,145.
Join the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for a simple meal served in a handcrafted bowl and learn what the Food Bank is doing to get more nutritious food to people in need. Keep the handcrafted bowl you use as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community.
Empty Bowls, presented by Chevron, is a community favorite. Two events will take place at our Concord warehouse on March 15th and Fairfield warehouse on March 16th from 4-6pm both days. Reservations are $15 for individuals, $40 for families of four of all ages.Thank you to presenting sponsor, Chevron and supporters, Wells Fargo Advisors, Diablo Magazine, CBS SF, Kaiser Permanente and Mechanics Bank.
Big thanks to event supporters:
A fellow co-worker and I were painting bowls for our Empty Bowls event the other day and she shared with me how it is one of her favorite Food Bank fundraisers. That got me thinking, what is it about Empty Bowls that makes it so special? Maybe it’s the fact that it goes beyond being just a fundraiser, it goes beyond being just a Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano event. It is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger whose basic premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople and others in the community contribute handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread, and to meet local activists from their own community and hear how they are working to end hunger and food insecurity. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in their community. The money raised goes directly to feed people in need.
A simple idea ,yet is the collective passion and effort of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. It is a project spread through individual communities that has touched people on a global scale.
A key component to Empty Bowls is people. You. Me. Our family and friends. Local businesses who provid
e sponsorship and volunteer time, such as Chevron, CBS5, Diablo Magazine and and the AppelLaw Firm in Walnut Creek. Together we can share a meal, raise awareness and be part of something great. Everyone is invited to the table. Won’t you join us?
Register for Empty Bowls, Concord, March 9th 5-7pm
Register for Empty Bowls, Fairfield, March 10th 3-5pm
Guest post by Ambassador Houston Robertson: I like second chances. Don’t you? I’m also fond of second scoops of ice cream. So, it’s hip hip hurrah for Fentons Creamery in Vacaville because they’ve chosen to benefit the Food Bank for a second month. In February, the Food Bank will receive 25% of the sales of Nuts About Toffee. This special sundae is listed on the menu as Myrtles Monthly Creation. If you didn’t get to Fentons in January for those generous scoops of the special Fluffernutter sundae, make sure you take advantage of this second chance to treat yourself, friends, and family and benefit the Food Bank at the same time. How about a Valentine date at Fentons? Spread the word.
What a great community partner Fentons is! They will continue to have a Food Bank barrel for food donations in their lobby and I encourage you to come prepared to donate something. They also have a bucket for cash donations. Food Bank ambassadors will be tabling at Fentons on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm. I tabled there one Saturday in January. Fentons not only provides the table and chairs, they provide an exceptionally warm welcome to Food Bank ambassadors. Manager Keith Ortega saw us as “that special spark in getting the guests’ support”. His comprehensive view of our partnership is “a push to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank”.
Houston Robertson reporting.
If you would like to hear about more fun events like Fentons, join the Food Bank events e-news.