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.
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!