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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

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

– 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

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

Panera Bread shares the warmth with the Food Bank

Fueled by the generous contributions of its customers, Contra Costa and Solano counties area Panera Bread® bakery-cafes in Antioch, Concord and Vacaville are donating a total of $8120.35 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nationâ recipient, contributed in 2009.  The funds will be used to further Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano mission of helping the needy in the Contra Costa and Solano neighborhoods.

For the past 17 years, Panera and its franchisees have helped dozens of charitable organizations through Operation Dough-Nation, a program that allows Panera Bread and its customers to make a positive impact in the community in several ways.  For example, a portion of all customer donations made in Community Breadbox™ containers near the registers are matched with cash by participating Panera Bread locations for distribution to local charities, such as Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  And at the end of the day, local cafes also donate unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief agencies through the company’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program.

“We are proud to share ‘Panera Warmth’ with members of our local community throughout the year,” said Todd McDermott, Joint Venture Partner “Bread is an important part of our culture – it brings people together – and Panera is dedicated to giving back to the people who have welcomed us into their neighborhoods and invited us to share in their lives.”

clockwise from the lower left: Adis Bajramovic, Brandy Earnest, Todd McDermott, Lisa Sherrill, Mark Stuart, Emily Diefenbach, Brian Jackson, David Warehime.

Nationwide, Panera Bread and its franchisees have helped numerous non-profit organizations through Operation Dough-Nation. Thanks to the generosity of its customers, Panera Bread and its franchisees will donate more than $1 million to dozens of charities raised in 2009. Over the years, contributions have helped organizations including local food banks and pantries, Meals on Wheels, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and many others. Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated over $50 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2009 to help people in need.

For more information on how to support local Operation Dough-Nation programs, visit your neighborhood Panera Bread bakery-cafe.  To find the closest location, visit

Youth Ag Day 2010

Over 3,000 fourth graders from all over Solano County came to the Fairgrounds in Vallejo on March 17 to learn about health, nutrition, agriculture, and the world they live in for the annual Youth Ag Day 2010.

The Food Bank ran an activity to teach kids about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables while incorporating a component of physical activity.  By looking at the rainbow of fruits and vegetables on the wall, the student s learned the importance of eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables every day.  They then played a game tossing around a beach ball to encourage some movement and exercise.  Each child had to name a fruit or vegetable in a different category.  For instance, “red fruits and veggies” or “fruits and veggies you would put in a salad.”

After a long and exciting day, the children (and the Food Bank staff and volunteers) left tired, healthy, and happy.

Lollipop Lane

As you approach Lollipop Lane in Vacaville every December, the first thing you notice is the sound of holiday music blaring from outdoor speakers, and the blur of lights as you turn onto the street (known January through November as Shady Glen Avenue). Every house is decorated in the lollipop theme, Food Bank donation barrels are placed in front of many of the homes, and there, in front of the McKimmy home is Santa, listening to children’s wishes and letting out a right jolly laugh every now and then.

For the past eight years, Don and Yukiko McKimmy have encouraged visitors to Lollipop Lane to donate food and money to the Food Bank. With help from neighbors and numerous others, Don has made Lollipop Lane and Candy Cane Lane (one street over) a must-see destination each December. Appearing twice during the month are the Fellowship of the Ringers, a local bell ringing group that have volunteered their time for the past six years and perform their repertoire of holiday music for the hundreds of visitors who come by. This year, Lollypop Lane collected over 707 pounds of food!

Letter from Congressman George Miller to You!

For months the Food Bank has been talking about the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization. We are happy to tell you that some exciting developments have recently taken place. Our Congressman George Miller from Contra Costa and Solano counties is chair of the committee that will be leading the reauthorization of child nutrition programs and has written a letter to all of you about this exciting news! For more information about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization visit /give%20help/advocate/advocateCNR.html.

October 14, 2009

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support of for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Times are tough for many working families, and without your support the Food Bank would not be able to carry out the good work that they do.

Many of you have expressed your concerns about reauthorizing the child nutrition programs that are a safety net for families who are struggling to make ends meet and I have updates to share with you.

This week, Congress enacted a short term extension of those child nutrition programs while my committee continues our efforts to reauthorize the programs completely by the end of next year. We also made some key investments to meet critical child nutrition needs, at no new cost to taxpayers

We know that that hunger does not take a vacation during the summer so we’ve invested $85 million for pilot summer food service program projects that will help expand nutrition benefits for low-income children during the summer.

We’ve also provided support to help increase the number of children who are automatically enrolled for free school meals and grant funding for school food service equipment to help schools store and prepare healthy foods.

And we set aside $8 million for competitive grants so that child care facilities can improve the quality of meals and promote healthy eating habits.

Giving our most vulnerable children access to healthy, safe, nutritious – and affordable – meals is one of the most important things we can do to help them thrive in school and in life. Learn more about the investments in child nutrition, please visit


George Miller
Member of Congress

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Week four of 30 ways in 30 days

Welcome to week four of 30 ways in 30 days – ways you can fight hunger in your community every day of the week. If you missed any of the weeks, or want to see the end, you can find the whole month of 30 days in 30 ways at

30 Days in 30 Ways – Week 4

Sept. 21: Book a tee time on Sept. 21st at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton and a portion of your Green Fees will be donated. Bring five canned food items and receive a raffle ticket. Call 925-672-9737 ext. 201

Sept 22: Empty Bowls, Food Bank Concord Warehouse, 5:30 pm, $10 per person. Enjoy a simple meal served in a handcrafted bowl and get a behind the scenes look at the Food Bank. Reservations required and seat­ing is limited, please call 925-771-1310 to reserve your spot today.

Sept. 23: Ask employees to bring their lunch on a specific day and donate the value of an average lunch to the Food Bank.

Sept. 24: Empty Bowls, Food Bank Fairfield Warehouse, 5:30 pm, $10 per person. Enjoy a simple meal served in a handcrafted bowl and get a behind the scenes look at the Food Bank. Reservations required and seat­ing is limited, please call 925-771-1310 to reserve your spot today.

September 24 -27 Walnut Festival, Walnut Creek. Bring a can of food to donate and get $1 off your admission.

Sept. 25: Myths and Facts of Food Stamps 9 am – noon, Food Bank Concord Warehouse. More info: 925- 676-7543 ext. 231.

Sept. 26: Pleasant Hill Community Service Day. Local residents will be collecting non-perishable food for the Food Bank on this annual Community Service Day. To be a part of this event go to and then click on Food Bank to sign up.

Sept 26: Sunrise Assisted Living Food Drive, 2175 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Please join us for live music, good food, and a good cause. To RSVP, please call (925) 932-3500.

Sept. 20: There is still time to give a little during Hunger Action Month. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to provide three meals to people in need.

For more ideas on how to fight hunger in your community, visit our Hunger Action Month calendar online.

30 ways in 30 days – Week 3

Welcome to week three of 30 ways in 30 days – ways you can fight hunger in your community every day of the week. If you missed week two, or want to jump ahead, you can find the whole month of 30 days in 30 ways at

30 Days in 30 Ways – Week 3

Sept. 14 -18: United WayWeek of Caring

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Sept 15: Macy’s “Come Together” invites you to host a dinner party and ask guests to pledge a donation to Feeding America in place of the usual host gift through Macy’s “Come Together” website. Macy’s will generously match each donation made for the campaign. Plus tonight Macy’s will host the Wolrd’s Largest Dinner Party at your local Macy’s at 6:00 pm.

Sept. 16: Join the Food Bank’s monthly donor program.

Sept. 17: Become an advocate for hunger and poverty relief. Sign up to receive Hunger Fighter advocacy alerts from the Food Bank.

Sept. 18: Sony Pictures releases Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs today. Kids can join Flint in becoming a Hunger Helper – someone who finds ways to fight hunger in the community. Become a Hunger Helper today by making your own bookmark and even writing to your Congressman.

Sept. 19: A day-long shopping event, Macy’s – Passport, offers the opportunity for local non-profit organizations that support AIDS/HIV programs to raise funds. Participating Macy’s stores are located at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Mall, Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza, San Francisco’s Union Square, Marin’s Corte Madera Store, Palo Alto’s Stanford Store, and Santa Clara’s Valley Fair Store. For a $10.00 ticket to the event, you will receive a special shopping discount (exclusive to Passport in Store) to be used on almost all purchases. The Food Bank will retain 100% of the direct ticket sales proceeds. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Joan Tomasini at 925-771-1315 or email

Sept. 20: Host a Food Drive.

For more ideas visit our Hunger Action Month calendar online.

Summer Lunch Celebrations

During the summer months, school is out, but the need for lunch is not. The Summer Lunch Celebrations, held by the Food Bank throughout the month of July, embodied this idea. The Food Bank partnered with UC Cooperative Extension, Contra Costa Health Services, and Vallejo and Mt. Diablo Unified School Districts to hold two events hosted by Wren Avenue Elementary in Concord and Norman King Community Center in Vallejo. Children of all ages were invited to participate in various activities, games, and giveaways related to healthy eating and physical activity. Over 200 children played a relay game, learned about healthy food and drink choices, and enjoyed a snack of peaches and plums in addition to their free lunch. For the parents, there was information about food stamps and other food assistance programs provided by the Food Bank.

Many children rely on free or reduced-price school lunches as their main or only source of nutritious, balanced food. During the summer months, some kids go without a healthy meal for this reason. To rectify this, the USDA created the Summer Food Service Program that provides free lunches to any child under the age of 18. Free lunches are offered at various community centers, schools, and parks in low-income neighborhoods. With the budget crisis and many schools closing, there are fewer locations that offer free meals. Thankfully, despite these setbacks, free lunches were served at over 100 sites throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties.
You can help improve access to nutrition programs for kids — like the Summer Food Service Program. This Fall, Congress will be making decisions about the Summer Food Service Program, School Meals, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and more in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. What can you do? Write your members of Congress and ask them to expand and improve current federal child nutrition programs. Visit for more information.