Meet the People We Help
Learn more about the largest groups relying on emergency food in our community — through first-hand stories from your neighbors in need and key statistics from our network of food assistance programs.
Every week thousands of parents rely on the Food Bank and our partner agencies to help feed their families. Because there are many children in need of quality food within our community, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has programs throughout the year to help alleviate childhood hunger, including Food for Children, Farm 2 Kids, and the School Pantry Program.
Seniors often find themselves having to choose between paying for necessities such as medication and food. In fact, 1 in 7 of all people 65 and over are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Supplemental Poverty Measure. That’s 6.4 million of our parents and grandparents struggling daily to put food on the table, pay rent and afford the medical care they need.
Hunger exists in every corner of our community and affects people of all ages, ethnicities, education levels and employment status. The economy may be getting better, but for far too many in our community that has not yet translated into an income level that can keep food on the table. In fact, one in eight residents now relies on the Food Bank.