Low Hanging Fruit

Guest post by Jess Bart-Williams: As an economics buff, I have always had a passion for garbage.  We are constantly throwing out stuff that could be helpful to somebody else, but 9 times out of 10, we’re either too busy or we don’t have an easy way to get it to the right person.  It’s… Read More »

The Hunger Challenge: How Powerful is a Rumbling Stomach?

Guest post by Emily Henry of the Pleasant Hill Patch: Hunger puts things into perspective. That’s the reason for taking this challenge — not for its novelty, or to mock those who live on a restricted food budget. I know that at the end of this week I will be able to escape and return… Read More »

Hunger Pangs

On Monday I found that I drank a lot of water. Not because I was hot but because I was hungry. I hadn’t had time to go to the store so all I had most of the day was water. The water did fill me up and stop the hunger pangs but I kept thinking… Read More »

Grateful for the School Lunch Program

I am taking the Hunger Challenge with my 2 daughters ages 9 and 7.  I know I am participating, they do not.  I decided not to tell them for a couple of reasons.  1 – I’m curious to see if they will notice the change in buying habits from the kid standards of fruit snacks,… Read More »

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The Hunger Challenge: Fueling Up Without Breaking Down

Guest post by Emily Henry of the Pleasant Hill Patch: Monday is the start of The Hunger Challenge, a five-day “exercise in empathy” organized by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Participants must live on a food budget of $4.46 per day — the amount provided to low-income individuals and families through the CalFresh… Read More »


Assemblymember Yamada Marks June as National Hunger Awareness Month and Invites You to Take the Hunger Challenge

Guest post by Mariko Yamada, California Assemblymember, 8th Assembly District Dear Friends, In California, over 6 million people are hungry or live in fear of going hungry. As more Californians have difficulty making ends meet, the number of people receiving CalFresh/Supplemental Nutritional Assistants Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits has greatly increased.… Read More »

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Genentech Gives Back Week

Genentech has supported the Food Bank since 2004, providing funding for our programs, (including being a major funder of our Farm 2 Kids program in Solano County for the past 4 years) and sponsorship of Food Bank events. They even co-hosted a charity softball game between themselves and Alza Corporation, another big supporter of the… Read More »

SNAP Works! Pass it on.

This week, the Senate will take up the Farm Bill, with a final vote in the coming weeks.  During this time, the Senate will consider amendments and debate the bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, which contained $4.49 Billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, CalFresh in CA and formerly the Food… Read More »