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Where does the produce come from?

As the Farm 2 Kids Coordinator, this is probably one of the most common questions I am asked.  As part of our statewide association of Food Banks we are able to purchase surplus produce for pennies on the pound.  Fruits and vegetables grown by farmers in the central valley are often “not perfect enough” to… Read More »

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Cooking Class

Last week I visited Sullivan Middle, a Farm 2 Kids school in Fairfield. They had cooking class where they made baked potatoes and snacked on apples and peanut butter.  They loved that the produce they get from the Food Bank enables them to do activities like this.  Their teacher, Ms. Denise told me that many… Read More »

Oreo and Keebler

Bad Apples Gone Good

When we buy fresh produce for those we help, we often find broken open apples that we can’t distribute to people. Based on health department regulations, we can’t distribute these bad apples but we also don’t want those we help to feel they deserve badly bruised or broken apples. So what do we do with… Read More »

Family Volunteer Day

Family Volunteer Day

Wow! What a great time our Food Bank families that participated in Family Volunteer Day had this weekend – an opportunity for younger children and their families to give back to the community! They boxed produce, learned about the Food Bank and who we serve, worked on art projects, and got to meet like-minded families.… Read More »

Creekside Elementary

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… Read More »

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Students Visit Food Bank

On Wednesday, October 13 students from Ygnacio Valley and Meadow Homes Elementary came on a field trip to the Food Bank.  These two schools are both served by Farm 2 Kids, a program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income schools.  Students on each school’s Youth Advisory committee got to come and see how… Read More »

Las Lomas Lends a Helping Hand in Food Drive

Although the current economic crisis has lead to more donations to local charities and food banks, there are more people who need the donated food more than ever. “We are serving over 108,000 people, 30 percent more than two years ago,” said Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s community relations manager Lisa Sherrill. “People… Read More »

Trick or Treating for Cans

California High School’s Interact Club annually runs a “Trick or Treating for Cans” food drive and donates the food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. This year, the food drive was completed with the help of three clubs from Cal High: Interact, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. A goal of… Read More »

Live Oak Elementary collects 1,869 pounds of food!

The students at Live Oak Elementary in San Ramon hosted a food drive for the Food Bank and the students also competed in a poster contest to help promote the drive! Ms. Wright’s winning class-257 items total! Finding room for more food… Carting things to the loading area… Michael Yao (below) & Emily Hay (above):… Read More »

Three Girls Donate Over $600!

Last year, Taylor (age 7), Jenna (age 11) and Sarah (age 7) raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year, they decided to help their neighbors in need by donating to the Food Bank. They were able to raise over $600 during the summer by holding bake sales, selling lemonade, and collecting donations… Read More »

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… Read More »

Youth Celebrate “Day Of Nutrition” In East County

On May 14th and 15th over 230 students from Pittsburg Unified School District came to the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch for the 6th Annual Day of Nutrition and Physical Activity. A partnership between the Food Bank and the UC Cooperative Extension, Day of Nutrition is an event that focuses on teaching children the… Read More »