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Help Make Holidays a Little Brighter for Those in Need

Every year during the holiday season, we are especially thankful for all of our caring supporters who have joined the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in our fight against hunger.  The holiday spirit means people are willing to donate money, food or time to make a difference.  County employees in both Solano and Contra Costa collect money to help the Food Bank’s work by doing bake sales or “a cream pie in the department head’s face” fundraisers.  Golf tournaments and food collections at holiday parties benefit the Food Bank.  Donations are given during “Sing Along Messiah” events.  Food and money are raised in Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith communities.  Businesses collect food and money, schools join the effort, the whole community comes together to make a difference.


The story of need in the community is more prominent during the holidays.  News stories during this time help us see that most of the people who need food are not that different than us.  People who come to the Food Bank have had unfortunate circumstances take place that mean they need help.  Because of the generosity of the community, the Food Bank can make a difference.


The community trusts us to provide food to our neighbors in need during the holidays and all year long.  Thanks to our generous community, we are gathering food from those who want to give and are distributing it to partner agencies and directly to people who need help.  Together we are making the holidays a little brighter for people in need right here in our community.


To learn more about how you can make a difference this holiday season, visit our holiday ways to help page.

Give Back this ‘Giving Tuesday’

Originally posted on the Concord, CA Patch: As the people at Giving Tuesday say, “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?”

#GivingTuesday is all about turning our attention toward helping others.

This year #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, November 27th and nonprofits, businesses and supporters from all over the world will take part. It’s about all of us trying to make the world a better place.

What can you do?

  1. Help us spread the word about #GivingTuesday! You can do that right now by inviting your friends and family to share in the celebration of giving.
  2. Choose your favorite cause and make a contribution of time or money on or around #GivingTuesday!
  3. At the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano we always need additional supplies of shelf-stable food, and the holiday season is an excellent opportunity to ask the community to donate the food needed. Safeway and Whole Foods each have an incredibly simple way for people to help. Safeway offers shoppers a $10 bag of food items for purchase. You can buy these $10 bags and drop them in the Food Bank barrels. CBS5 is partnering with Whole Foods Market for their holiday food drive. Customers have the option to buy a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch or Dinner, or $25 Full Day Meal for donation at the register. (Meals typically feed a family of four.) Customers may also round out an order and donate any dollar amount.In addition, we ask people to bring other food donations to these conveniently located collection sites.
  4. Text FOODBANK TO 80077 to donate $10.00 to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80077 to STOP. Text HELP to 80077 for HELP. Full Terms:


How will you give back this Giving Tuesday?

Partnering to End Hunger

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: Working at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has taught me that trying to feed people in need is all about relationships. We try to run the best food distribution service we can, but accomplishing that depends on volunteer support, financial support and the generosity of the community.

One of the ways we increase the work we do is when we effectively link with community partners.

We always need additional supplies of shelf-stable food, and the holiday season is an excellent opportunity to ask the community to donate the food needed to support a hungry community.

We are able to join with Safeway and Kraft Foods to create an incredibly simple way for people to help.

Safeway offers shoppers a $10 bag of Kraft and Safeway-branded food items for purchase. Safeway allows the Food Bank to place collection barrels in all of its stores so that people can buy these $10 bags and drop them in our barrels.

In addition, the Food Bank asks people to bring other food donations to these conveniently located collection sites.

The cooperation is expanding as Safeway works with NBC Bay Area to help publicize the Safeway Help Us End Hunger food drive. NBC Bay Area has organized one major collection day this Saturday. Newscasters from NBC Bay Area will be joined by local Kiwanis clubs outside of Safeway stores talking to people about the need to help end hunger.

By raising the visibility of the issue of hunger and showing people how this drive helps us feed those in need, NBC Bay Area, Safeway, Kraft Foods and Kiwanis Club members are making a difference.

Collaborative relationships between food manufacturers, retailers, media and community groups make the Safeway Help Us End Hunger food drive a success.

Boy Scouts Go Door-to-Door to Collect Food for Food Banks

One of the nation’s largest single-day food drives takes place this Saturday, Nov. 19, when Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food for local food banks.

In the Bay Area, more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their supporters will be “Scouting For Food” by picking up boxed or bagged non-perishable food placed on doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Residences on the Scouts’ collection routes have received a door-hanger promoting the drive on Nov. 12. Residents who did not receive a door-hanger are not on a collection route, but they can still contribute by dropping off donations on November 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at either Food Bank warehouse or at any of the locations listed at

“Through the Scouting for Food food drive, Bay Area Boy Scouts are helping food banks feed our neighbors in need,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank. “By reaching out to their neighbors, Boy Scouts continue to make a difference in their community. ”

Last year the drive brought in more than 143,000 pounds of food in Contra Costa and Solano counties. In the Bay Area, the Scouts’ goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of food this year.

“We can take substantial steps toward ending hunger by working together,” said Tim Buchen of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. “But even with 40,000 Scouts on collection routes, we can’t hit every doorstep. So it’s critical that people help us out by dropping off food at their local site.”

Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Lucky, FoodMaxx, Mi Pueblo Food Center and Berkeley Bowl locations throughout the Bay Area have in-store barrels to accept donations for Bay Area food banks throughout the holiday season.

NBC Bay Area Teams Up With Safeway to Stock Bay Area Food Bank Shelves One-Day Food Drive

NBC Bay Area, in partnership with Safeway, is hosting a one-day food drive on Saturday, November 19, to benefit hungry people throughout the Bay Area. More than 600,000 Bay Area residents require the assistance of their local Bay Area food bank every month. The food drive takes place at 165 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area, so it is easy for community members to participate and help feed their neighbors in need.

NBC Bay Area and the Bay Area food banks will mobilize for one day of food collections at Safeway stores to collect thousands of pounds of much-needed food.

“In addition to providing on-air promotion, we are organizing hundreds of volunteers throughout the Bay Area to encourage shoppers to donate,” said Lance Lew, NBC Bay Area Community Marketing Director. “It is easy to pick up a pre-packed $10 grocery bag that is filled with the foods local families need most. Our goal is to increase awareness about local hunger while also giving community members a convenient way to help out at a critical time.”

Displays at all Safeway stores will be filled with $10 bags that shoppers can purchase and donate to their local food bank. These bags include items such as rice, stuffing, canned vegetables and cranberry sauce. Once collected, the bags will be delivered to food banks before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I really appreciate all that NBC Bay Area and Safeway have done to give people the ability to help their neighbors in need,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank. “ The Bay Area is a caring community and food banks are helping hundreds of thousands of people every month.  Thanks to NBC Bay Area and Safeway, we are making a difference.”

Additionally, Food Banks across the nation have the chance to earn a financial donation from Kraft Foods. The food banks with the most donated bags per 100 shopper transactions will receive a donation, which can be used to purchase additional food.

If you cannot participate on November 19, bags will be available for purchase from November 15 through the end of December.

Where Do All of the Barrels Go During the Holidays?

Below are the businesses, schools and organizations that collected over 1,000 pounds during the holidays! Congratulations! There are hundreds of others that collected food during the holidays that I wish we had room to mention but if I did you would be reading for a long time. Whether the collection was 20 pounds or 7,000 pounds, we could not do what we do without everyone’s participation. Anyone who hosts a food drive is a CHAMPION to the Food Bank and those we serve!


Amcor Rigid Plastics

America’s Tire Company

American Shaolin Kenpo

Associated Students of Solano College


B. Gale Wilson Elementary

Bank of America

Bay Medic Ambulance

Benicia Middle School

Bishop Ranch/Sunset Development Corp.

Boy Scouts

Brenden Theaters

Burton Valley Elementary

California High School

California Maritime Academy

Campolindo High School

Charlotte Wood Middle School

Chevron – Concord

Chevron – San Ramon

Civic Executive Center

Common Interest Management

Concord Chevrolet

Concord Mobile Home Park

Congregation B’nai Tikvah

County Connection

CVS Store – Business Center Drive, Fairfield

CVS Store – Lafayette

Dallas Ranch Middle School

Dan O. Root Elementary

Del Rey School

Dhyan Yoga Center

Diablo Vista Middle School

Dougherty Valley High School

El Dorado Middle School

Ellerhorst Elementary

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

Fairfield High School

Fidelity National Title

Foothill Middle School

Franklin Middle School

Geovera Holdings

Giovani’s Produce

Girl Scouts

Golden Gate Fields

Green Valley Middle School

Hercules High School

Hercules Middle School

Herspring Company


Indian Valley Elementary School

Infineon Raceway

Iron Horse Middle School

Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School

John Muir Elementary – Antioch

Kaiser Permanente

Keller Williams Realty

Kensington Hilltop Elementary

Lafayette Elementary

Las Lomas High School

Little Bridges Child Care Center

Live Oak Elementary

M Service, Inc.

Mary Farmar Elementary

Mattice Law Offices

Meher School

Mi Pueblo Food Center

MIT Academy

Monte Vista High School

Moraga Post Office

Mt. Diablo High School


Neil Armstrong Elementary

Nelda Mundy Elementary

New Life Church – San Ramon

North Hills Christian School

Northgate Christian Fellowship

Northgate High School

Old Republic Title

Park Middle School

Patterson Elementary

Pine Hollow Middle School

Pinole Valley High School

Pleasant Hill Middle School

PMI Mortgage

Rheem Theater

Rodriguez High School

Rolling Hills Elementary

Safeway Stores

San Ramon Valley High School

San Ramon Valley Islamic Center

Santa Maria Church – Orinda

Seven Hills School

Shannon Elementary

Shell Ridge Community Church

Small World Park

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School

Stanley Middle School

State of California – Richmond

Temple Isaiah

The Peasant & The Pear

Tolenas Elementary School

Trader Joe’s

Travis Credit Union

Travis Elementary

Tri Delta Transit

UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Vacaville Ulatis Lions Club

Vanden High School

Walgreens – West Contra Costa County


Walnut Heights Elementary

Weight Watchers

Whole Foods Market – San Ramon

Whole Foods Market – Walnut Creek

Windemere Ranch Middle School

Windermere Lynne French

YMCA Pleasant Hill

Our Leaders of Tomorrow

Guest post by Creekside PTA: While running for Student Council President at Creekside Elementary at the end of her 4th grade year, Maddie Dailey, now 10 years old, thought of several ideas that might be fun and beneficial for the school.  She talked about a smoothie day, keeping the food hot until the 5th graders get to lunch, more balls at recess, and her most prized idea:  a nighttime Halloween Party organized by the students.

Needless to say, that was a hit and soon after Maddie took office in 5th grade it was time to start planning.  She presented her idea to the Creekside PTA, for financial support, all the while budgeting for a “break even” event.  She was really hoping for a fun and affordable party for everyone, and not focus on fundraising.  Maddie put up a student volunteer sign up sheet in the lunch room one day, and within an hour there were signatures on front and back with no room to spare.  The entire Student Council, and loads of other 4th and 5th graders from Creekside Elementary, were thoroughly excited to help setup, decorate, and most of all create a pretty spectacular Haunted House.  Parents and staff helped of course, but this event was primarily a student created and executed event.  With a line out the door at the entrance, food running out, tickets being re-used, and a line around the room to enter the Haunted House, the event turned into one of the most fantastic and successful events to date at Creekside.  All of the success also led to another surprise, it became profitable.

The Student Council held a special session to decide the best way to handle these extra and unexpected funds from the Halloween Party.  They had many options, including parties and karaoke machines, but we should all know by now that kids are smarter than that.  They instead decided to help the community by donating $500 to the  Food Bank, as well as help purchase trees and a new bench for the school.  Here’s hoping these 9 and 10 years old’s become our leaders of tomorrow!

Creekside Elementary

Larry accepting the donation from student Maddie.

Creekside Elementary

Executive Director Larry Sly at Creekside Elementary receiving the $500 donation to the Food Bank from the students.

Creekside Elementary

Larry telling the Creekside Elementary students about the Food Bank and the impact their donation will make.

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 to donate as a “friend” of the Food Fight in your county.  DONATE ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31 FOR A 2010 TAX DEDUCTION!

John Muir Health employees forgo holiday party to help those in need

Back in 2008, the employees at John Muir Health decided to forgo their usual employee holiday celebration and instead have the company donate the money they would have spent on the party to the Food Bank. They have done it once again – for the third year in a row!

Ken Anderson, President and CEO and Ray Nassief, Vice President of Operations and Support Services came by on December to 20 to present us with a check for $50,000. I am blown away by the generosity of the John Muir employees.


Ken Anderson, President and CEO and Ray Nassief, Vice President of Operations and Support Services of John Muir Health present Larry Sly, Food Bank executive director with a check for $50,000.

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.