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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.

One-day fundraiser on Thursday

The 11 live North Bay Patch community websites are teaming up with their county food banks for a one-day fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 16. The editors from each of
the 11 Patch sites are gathering monetary donations in their
communities, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the county food
banks.

Raising money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in Solano County:

David Ryan, editor of Suisun City Patch, will be at Munchies Coffee, 274 Sunset Ave. in Suisun

Carlos Villatoro, editor of Dixon Patch, will be at Solano Baking Company, 1160 Pitt School Road, Suite B in Dixon.

Raising money for the Marin Community Food Bank in Marin County:

– Jim Welte, editor of Mill Valley Patch, will be at the Mill Valley
Chamber of Commerce and Book Depot, 85-87 Throckmorton Blvd. in Mill
Valley.

– Kelly Dunleavy, editor of San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch, will be at Marin Coffee Roasters, 546 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

– Brent Ainsworth, editor of Novato Patch, will be at Dr. Insomnia’s Coffee Tea Cafe, 800 Grant Ave. in Novato.

– Nancy Nation, editor of San Rafael Patch, will be at West End Café, 1131 Fourth St. in San Rafael.

Raising money for the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County

– Alexis Fitts, editor of Sonoma Patch, will be at Barking Dog Roasters, 201 W. Napa St. in Sonoma

– Karina Ioffee, editor of Petaluma Patch, will be at Aqus Café, 189 H. St. in Petaluma.

– Angela Hart, editor of Rohnert Park Patch, will be at the Golden Bean Coffee House, 101 Golf Course Dr. in Rohnert Park

– Keri Brenner, editor of Healdsburg Patch, will be at A Bean Affair, 1260 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg

Raising money for the Napa Valley Food Bank in Napa County:

– Louisa Hufstader, editor of Napa Patch, will be inside the Oxbow Public Market, 644 1st St. in Napa.

Come by one of the locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 and make a monetary donation to your county’s food bank so we can all help the food banks with expenses this holiday season.
The Patch editors are participating Dec. 16 in the company’s Give 5
initiative, the company’s way of giving back to the communities it
serves, as all employees donate five days a year to various volunteer
efforts.

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.

Thanks For Giving part 2

You won’t believe all the help we are getting this holiday season to ensure that families in our community are fed! Look at all the wonderful support that has come in during the last few days! It is amazing.

help end hunger this holiday season

11/22/2010

142 pounds of assorted food – Sons of Italy

70 turkeys – various anonymous donors

612 pounds of assorted food – Mindy LaSala

165 pounds of assorted food – Monte Vista Men’s Water Polo, Alamo

253 pounds of assorted food – Ygnacio Valley Christian School, Concord

238 pounds of assorted food – Lovelace, Stojanovich & Vujnovich Families, Clayton

130 assorted food – Gary & Barbara Fouk, Orinda

249 pounds of assorted food – Judy Link, Jean Harris & Kim Link, Diablo

6 turkeys (106 pounds of) – Michael Stead Porsche, Walnut Creek

80 turkeys & 780 pounds of assorted food – Mike Diaz, Contra Costa Electric, Martinez

11/21/2010

45 turkeys – anonymous donors

1040 pounds of assorted food – 7 families, Danville

270 pounds of assorted food – anonymous

11/19/2010

35 turkeys – anonymous donors

10 turkeys – Rich Rudolph, Benicia

8 turkeys & 38 pounds of assorted food – John Wingo, Orinda

178 pounds of assorted food – Stephen Croft, Martinez

122 pounds of assorted food – George Ramos, Antioch

25 turkeys – Kate Shield, Gallo Sales Co., Hayward

143 pounds of assorted food – Myrtle Farm Montessori, Concord

4 turkeys – Dwayne Moore, Fairfield

405 pounds of assorted food – Bay Medic Ambulance, Concord

We also accept donations of non-perishable food items at many locations throughout the community, including all Safeway and Whole Foods Market stores and Travis Credit Union branches in Contra Costa and Solano counties.  Many schools, community and religious organizations also sponsor food drives.

If you have perishable items to donate, you would need to bring it to either of our warehouses (addresses below). Please note we will be closed on Thanksgiving day and the Friday after.

Thanks for giving and making this holiday season a little brighter for our neighbors in need.

The Food Bank can accept food donations as follows:

Fairfield warehouse, 2339 Courage Drive, Suite F: Monday through Friday – 7:00 am – 3:30 pm;
Saturdays by appointment
Concord warehouse, 4010 Nelson Ave.: Monday, Friday, Saturday – 7:00 am – 3:30 pm;
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Thanks For Giving

This Thanksgiving season we are extremely grateful for the generous donations we are receiving from our community.

To distribute the 12.6 million pounds of food required to meet the current need, enough for more than 10 million meals, we rely on community support and donations.

“We know that many families have had to tighten their budgets,” says Sly, “but we hope the public will see how desperate the need is this year.  Even small donations help.”

Overhead at the Food Bank, Sly notes, has been kept to an absolute minimum.  95 cents out of every donated dollar goes directly to food programs.

Financial donations allow the Food Bank to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to nonperishable food items, which are essential to providing nutritious food to those in need.  Financial donations can be made at www.foodbankccs.org; or by mailing contributions to PO Box 6324, Concord, CA  94524.

We also accept donations of non-perishable food items at many locations throughout the community, including all Safeway and Whole Foods Market stores and Travis Credit Union branches in Contra Costa and Solano counties.  Many schools, community and religious organizations also sponsor food drives.

We would like to thank those responsible for just some of the recent donations we have received.

Thank you to the 50th class reunion of Harry Ells High School in Richmond for the donation of $750!

High School Reunion

Harry Ells High School Reunion

We would also like to thank Len Hamernik of Martinez for the donation of 188 pounds of turkeys and 20 pounds of assorted food. Thank you to Mike Leischer for donating 25 turkeys and 61 pounds of assorted food last week.

We received 88 turkeys from Park Middle School in Antioch along with 1651 pounds of food and 26pounds of other meats. Thank you, Spartans!

The Handcrafted and Exotic Car Show in September raised $589.

Handcrafted and Exotic Car Show

Handcrafted and Exotic Car Show

IHOP held a special day before they officially opened and raised $1168 for the Food Bank. We appreciate all the support IHOP is giving the Food Bank!

IHOP

IHOP Fundraiser

Without donations just like these, we would not be able to meet the need in our community. Thank you for helping us feed your neighbors in Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Raceway delivers more than three and a half tons of food

Infineon Raceway distributed more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano on Monday during the raceway’s 10th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  7,500 pounds made its way to the Food Bank’s new warehouse in Fairfield.

Infineon Raceway food

John Cardinale, Infineon Raceway's VP of Communications and Marketing, and his team deliver more than three and a half tons of food to the Food Bank's warehouse in Fairfield.

The amount marked the most Infineon Raceway has distributed in one year since the inception of the food drive in 2001. In total, The raceway has distributed more than 28,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to area food banks over the last 10 years.

FISH has been serving needy Sonoma Valley residents since 1970, while the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 35 years,  providing food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month through a network of 200 charitable agencies.

“As far as donations go, it’s been a good season, but the need is way up this year,” said Lisa Sherrill, community relations manager for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. “We’re up 35 percent over where we were two years ago, in terms of requests for food. This donation from the raceway will be very helpful, that’s for sure.”

Infineon Raceway was not alone in its efforts. It was joined in the food drive by Innerstave; Pedroncelli Motorsports; tenants of the Infineon Raceway Motor Sports Industrial Park and Destination RKA in Windsor. Sonoma Gourmet of Cotati also made a generous donation of eight pallets of gourmet food items.

For more information about Infineon Raceway community events, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com.

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!

Did you leave a food donation on your porch?

If you received a holiday food drive bag in your newspaper, the scouts will NOT be picking it up today (Saturday 11/20) unless they left a door hanger at your house last week. We are very sorry for the confusion. We are in need of the food and appreciate your generosity. Please take any nonperishable food donations to your local Safeway store or Travis Credit Union. You will see our bright red barrels near the entrance. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Philanthropic Yoga Class

More and more people and businesses are finding creative ways to benefit the Food Bank.  Sometimes shaking things up pays off in a big way.

Yogaworks On the second floor of an industrial, concrete and metal building awaits an oasis:  yogaworks.  Angie Norwood and Colleen Millen, two certified yoga instructors, threw a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano aptly named, “Celebrate Your Life, Honor Another.” The philanthropic yoga class took place on Saturday, November 6th from noon to 1:30.  Myself and two other staff members from the Food Bank made our way on a lazy Saturday to downtown Walnut Creek with the intention of donating some food and brushing up on our downward facing dog.  We left feeling loose and relaxed, all stiffness and soreness curiously absent.  Each of us learned a new technique (or two), received a truly enlightening Savasana, and were blown away by the generosity of the attendees.  Many yogis brought more than the three required food items for admission.  Collectively, yogaworks raised a total of 169 pounds of donated food!  Many families will benefit from this generous giving. This is one more creative way to raise food.

Namaste,

Cassie Brislain, Agency Relations Coordinator

Scouting For Food

Scouts across the Bay Area will be collecting food on this one day food drive called Scouting For Food. The weekend before they will have placed door hangers on homes that they will return to on Saturday, November 20. Simply put a bag of food out on your porch that morning for the scouts and they will deliver it to the Food Bank. If you do not receive a door hanger, you can still donate by bringing the food to your local Bay Area Food Bank or one of the locations listed below.

Drop-off sites

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Antioch
Antioch LDS Church
3013 Rio Grande Drive, Antioch

Antioch LDS Stake Center
2350 Jeffery Way, Antioch

Brentwood
Brentwood LDS Church
1101 McClarren Road, Brentwood

Concord
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Avenue

Farm Bureau Hall
5554 Clayton Road

Oak Grove LDS Church
2930 Treat Boulevard

Danville
Danville LDS Stake Center
655 Old Orchard Drive

Richmond
Hilltop LDS Church
4351 Hilltop Drive

Lafayette
Moraga LDS Church
3776 Via Granada

Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill LDS Church
555 Boyd Road

St. Mary Magdalen/ School
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley

SOLANO COUNTY
Benicia
Benicia City Park
Second Street

Fairfield
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
2339 Courage Drive, Suite F

Vallejo
Elks Lodge
2850 Redwood Parkway