Health Conscious Volunteer Hopes to See People Eat Better

Guest post by Jenay Ross, USC journalism student: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County aims to conquer hunger in our area. While it is important to provide as much food as possible for the hungry, the Food Bank wants to make sure it’s at least nutritional and healthy. Volunteer Ellen Potthoff, a… Read More »

Health and Wellness at the Food Bank

If the key to successfully helping others is to take care of yourself then the Food Bank staff has a bit of work cut out for them. When we are not busy making sure that the food we order from our distributors is low in sodium, fat and sugar, the Nutrition and Wellness committees have… Read More »

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Budget Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill Unacceptable

I had the honor of listening in on a call this morning with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and George Miller (CA-7) and the press where they discussed the cuts included in the Agriculture and FDA Appropriations bill, which will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. The Agriculture and FDA… Read More »

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Coupon Time

Guest post by Charlene Burns, Senior Food Program Coordinator: At the Senior Food Program sites in Contra Costa and Solano counties there’s Pacific Standard Time, Pacific Daylight Saving Time and Coupon Time. Coupon Time is that time of year, typically late Spring and Summer, when many Senior Food Program participants receive $20.00 worth of coupons… Read More »

Commit to being healthy

Guest post by Patti Anderson, Pound For Pound Challenge Champion and Biggest Loser Season 9 Contestant: There are many things in our lives that we have little control over and being on a tight budget may be one.  Eating healthy and living a fit lifestyle is within our control and can be achieved on a… Read More »

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Pizza for breakfast? Of course you can, if you healthify it!

Whether you have little time to spare (Pepperoni Pita Pizza) or have a few extra minutes to make the dough from scratch (Healthified Homemade Pizza) we’ve got two great pizza recipes for you to make at home. Pepperoni Pita Pizza     Recipe from The Biggest Loser The Biggest Loser Season 7’s Sione Fa says of this… Read More »

Food Bank Participates in Nutrition Study

Guest post by Lindsay Johnson, Food Bank Program Director: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is one of six California food banks currently working with researchers from UC Berkeley who are documenting current nutrition-related policies and practices in relation to the provision of foods to low income families through emergency food services. This… Read More »

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Weekly Challenge Recipe

Love chocolate chip cookies but tired of feeling guilty about eating them? Well here is a healthier guilt free option. “Healthified” Chocolate Chip Cookies From Eat Better America 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole wheat flour… Read More »

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CA Egg Farmers Donate 25,290 Eggs to Food Bank

Northern California’s own NuCal Foods donated more than 25,000 eggs to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano last week to help families in need – just in time for the Easter holiday. Larry Sly our Executive Director says: “We are trying our best to give the people we serve the best nutrition possible.… Read More »

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More than just produce

While the kids get produce every week through Farm 2 Kids, we include flyers so their parents to know that we have programs that can provide them with non-perishable items as well.  One student brought the flyer home to her grandmother and a short time later she called me.  Although I thought that she probably… Read More »

Healthified Oatmeal Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Weekly Challenge Recipes

Cookies for breakfast?  Of course! We promise not to tell your inner-child that it’s actually a nutritious way to jump-start your day. Healthified Oatmeal Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies source: http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified/healthified-oatmeal-peanut-butter-breakfast-cookies.aspx 86% less sat fat • 71% less sodium than the original recipe—see the comparison. Finally, give into your cravings and enjoy a peanut butter and… Read More »

Weekly Pound For Pound Challenge Recipes

After a short hiatus, we are back with your weekly Pound For Pound Challenge recipes. Try these yummy, healthy comfort foods and let us know what you think. Toasted Barley with Mixed Vegetables https://www.eatbetteramerica.com/recipes/whole-grains/toasted-barley-with-mixed-vegetables.aspx Healthified Tuscan White Bean Soup http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/search.aspx?criteria=tuscan%20white%20bean%20soup Triple-Berry Granola Crisp https://www.eatbetteramerica.com/recipes/desserts/triple-berry-granola-crisp.aspx Words of healthy advice from our Challenge Champion Patti Anderson: Here… Read More »