Good news in tough times

Dear Food Bank Friends,

We are grateful to be part of such a dedicated community. As partners, our goal is to keep you informed of both the successes and challenges of finding new ways to feed our community in a safe manner during this now-extended shelter in place. Life is feeling overwhelming for many of us right now, so we thought we’d share some uplifting news with you.

Thanks to the help of more than 100 volunteers who pre-packed emergency boxes, our first drive-thru food distribution was a success! Over 500 cars smoothly moved through the line around the parking lot at Los Medanos College. Another team of awesome volunteers were on hand to load the supplemental boxes of shelf-stable food, as well as pre-bagged produce into the back of cars. People expressed their sincere gratitude for the pantry staples and the fresh mandarin oranges, potatoes, onions, and apples.

Your financial donations and selfless volunteerism are really coming to the rescue!

Just this week alone we’re expected to give out 2,500 of these emergency boxes of food at community sites throughout Solano and Contra Costa counties. This is in addition to our normal distributions that serve our existing 178,000 clients per month.

Yes – times are challenging, but with your steadfast help, we’ll continue to rise up and adapt our services to keep our neighbors fed and safe.

Understandably, many questions are coming in and we’re doing our best during this evolving situation to keep everyone informed about how they can best support the Food Bank and our neighbors. You can find the answers to some recent frequently asked questions.


Thank you for being on the front lines with us,

Kim Castaneda
Development Director
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

P.S. As the needs of the community change during this health and financial crisis, you can stay informed at

Each emergency box includes 19 items including:

canned chicken | canned corn | green beans | peaches | peanut butter | rice | spaghetti

beans | tomato paste | tomato sauce | tuna | cereal | shelf-stable milk