Students Use Their Free Time to Volunteer

Guest post by Jenay Ross, USC journalism student: Lazy, rude and immature are words describing a stereotype that has been placed upon today’s younger generation. Of course those words don’t apply to the entire population of young adults. Many of the kids breaking that stereotype can be found at the Food Bank on various days… Read More »

Local Supporters Stepped Up to the Challenge!

As we work harder every day to assist individuals and families right here in Contra Costa and Solano counties during these tough economic times, we couldn’t do it alone. Hunger in our community is a daily challenge, and we are always looking for partners in our hunger relief efforts. That’s why we were excited to… Read More »

Supporting the Food Bank Pays Off!

Meet the lucky winners of the 2011 Roger Weiss Memorial “Beat the Recession” Drawing held at the Food Bank’s Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden fundraising event on June 26th. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who purchased drawing tickets! The drawing raised over $15,000 for the Food Bank. Special thanks to… Read More »

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Boy Scout Gets His Community to Give Back

Guest post by Jenay Ross, USC journalism student: An important value and tradition of the Boys Scouts of America is helping the community. Ethan Lipson, a senior at Alhambra High School in Martinez, found himself at the Food Bank when he was in search of places where he could do an Eagle Project, or service… Read More »

Protect Our Safety Net, Protect Our Families

Close to $2 of every $10 of income Americans received last year were from federal benefits like unemployment, food stamps, and social security according to Moody’s Analytics. For every job opening in the US there are 4.6 unemployed workers according to the Labor Department. So what do families facing these challenges do? Read how Francisco… Read More »

AT&T donation

AT&T Supports Holiday Food Drive

We barely turn around at the Food Bank before it is time to start planning for the next holiday season.  Thanks to the incredible support we receive from the people at AT&T, we got a jump start on the 2011 holiday need because of the support AT&T offered this month. Ken Mintz brought a check… Read More »

Celebrate Everyday Heroes Orinda Golf Tournament

Guest post by Orinda Community Foundation: Join us again this year for the second annual, Orinda Celebrate Everyday Heroes Golf Tournament for repeat of fabulous experience enjoyed by all last year. Last Week until Tournament! Take a shot at winning $1 million…purchase a raffle ticket and sign up for golf. Celebrate Everyday Heroes Golf Tournament… Read More »

Watermelon Crates at the Food Bank


When watermelon shows up in the markets around June, I eat as much as I can get my hands on because it just isn’t worth it any other time of year. Last week, the few melons that didn’t make it into my cart ended up in the warehouse at the Food Bank of Contra Costa… Read More »

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One Volunteer’s Persistence Pays Off

Guest post by Jenay Ross, USC journalism student: Julie Ruttenberg has been volunteering at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for about a year and a half now, but it took an entire decade for her to be able to. When Julie and her husband first had their son, who is autistic and… Read More »

Safeway Summer Food Drive

What’s better than a couple lattes? A bag of food!

Safeway Stores has a special food drive campaign where for $10 I can buy a prepacked bag of food which will be donated to the Food Bank. Those that know me, know I love coffee so I decided if I only had a latte once a day (instead of twice a day), in 3 days… 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 »