A Caminar staff member reads out numbers during a bingo game.

Food and fun support mental health at Caminar

During the week, Dove McKinnon knows her clients at Caminar’s Wellness and Recovery Center in Vallejo are getting at least two warm, nourishing meals a day, thanks to her agency’s long-running partnership with the Food Bank.  Over the past decade, Dove has seen firsthand what a difference having enough nourishing

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Food Bank CEO Caitlin Sly

Food Bank CEO Caitlin Sly answers your questions

We asked our email newsletter subscribers what they wanted to know about our new President and CEO, Caitlin Sly – and they had so many great questions!  Before joining us in her current role, Caitlin served as CEO at Meals on Wheels Diablo Region. Prior to that she worked here

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Five reasons we 💚 CalFresh

May is CalFresh Awareness Month. While you may know that CalFresh benefits help neighbors in need purchase food, there are so many more reasons for all of us to be grateful for this impactful hunger-fighting program.  Read on for five reasons you’ll want to celebrate CalFresh all month long! But

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A man poses with boxes of food in the Food Bank warehouse.

Meet your Food Bank Team: Jim Alvarado

Ever wonder who helps pull all of those orders for the Food Bank’s agency partners at our warehouse? Meet Jim Alvarado, a warehouse associate at our Concord location. How long have you worked for the food bank? Nine years. What made you want to work at the Food Bank? I

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A recipe for success at Fairfield-Suisun Adult School

Have you ever looked through your cupboards and wondered “what could I make with this?!”  Our partners at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School are making sure our neighbors won’t come home from their food pantry facing that problem. Each month, they partner with chefs from the community to showcase recipes our

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Two volunteers hand out food at a Food Bank partner agency.

The Amador St. Hope Center shows Vallejo neighbors you care

“Your loved one is here,” a volunteer says, and Donisha Patterson springs into action. Each week the Amador Street Hope Center distributes food to more than 100 households in Vallejo. Most neighbors take home pre-packed bags, but for those with special health and dietary needs – like the older man

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A member of the Food Bank CalFresh Team talks to the public.

How to replace stolen CalFresh benefits

Did you have your CalFresh benefits stolen electronically between October 1, 2022 and November 30, 2023? You may be able to have your stolen benefits replaced – but you must submit a claim by Feb 29, 2024. CalFresh (known as SNAP in other states, formerly called food stamps) is a

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Your incredible Giving Tuesday impact

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday – the global day of charitable giving that takes place just five days after Thanksgiving? Coming just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a chance to celebrate the joy that comes with giving from the heart – instead of at the

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5 ways to give back this Thanksgiving

Food is such an important part of how we celebrate this holiday season – but for 465,000 neighbors in Contra Costa and Solano who face hunger each month, food means even more. As you get ready to enjoy a day of good meals and good company, we’ve compiled five easy

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Santa, Faith Food Fridays staff member and The Grinch

Spreading holiday cheer with our partners

Mary Ann Buggs knows how stressful hunger can be – even when it’s not the holiday season. Before she became the administrative director at Faith Food Fridays food pantry in Vallejo, she faced food insecurity as a single mom. “It weighs on your mind all day long: How am I

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Homegrown partnerships

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the most beloved items we distribute every week – and this year, we’ve been able to partner with local farmers to get even more great produce onto our neighbors’ tables. We’ve been working with five small farms, many of them led by women

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