Empty Bowls event fills hearts…and bellies

Guest Post by Leslie Mladinich, Ambassador for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: Ten gallons of soup at the Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event in Fairfield and Concord filled hand-sculpted, artisan craft bowls of local hunger fighters attending this important fundraiser– the meal and bowl a sober reminder that 1 in 8 of our… Read More »


Over 400 attendees fill Concord warehouse for Volunteer Recognition Lunch

On Sunday, October 30th, the Food Bank hosted well over 250 volunteers for a Volunteer Recognition Lunch at our Concord warehouse to celebrate their contributions towards ending hunger. This past year, our wonderful volunteers donated over 96,000 hours of their time in a myriad of ways! Sharon Zeppegno, Volunteer Services Manager, described it as the… Read More »

Larry Sly, Executive Director, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Originally posted on Sustainable Contra Costa: For dedicating over forty years to feeding the hungry and being a model of sustainability in our local community, Food Bank Executive Director Larry Sly received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Contra Costa. Larry was presented with the award at the 2016 Leadership In Sustainability & Green… Read More »


Behind The Scenes Look At How The Food Bank Makes A Difference

Guest post by Tom Barnidge, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Volunteer: The single-file line began forming at least 30 minutes before the event was to start. There were men and women, old and young, tall and short. There were mothers pushing strollers, pre-schoolers hanging on to parents’ hands and seniors leaning on walkers… Read More »

Valero Sporting Clay Event Raises $70k for Food Bank

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano received a big boost in its never-ending request to feed the hungry thanks to the 4th Annual Valero Sporting Clay Invitational, presented by the Benicia refinery. The event raised over $70,000 this year, bringing our four-year total to more than a quarter of a million dollars,” said Refinery… Read More »

LSP Members

“Kiewit CAN Build” Food Drive and Competition

From May 11th – June 15th, 2016 the Northern California Leadership Succession Program (LSP) sponsored a District-wide canned food drive and collected cash donations to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. With the support of our projects and the District Office, the food drive gathered 1,473 cans of food and raised $2,412.44.… Read More »

Kelly Presents Check to FB

$15k Donation from Wells Fargo Turns into a $25k Donation!

Reposted from Wells Fargo- Earlier this year, Kelly Ward planned on helping his Mount Diablo region’s Contribution Committee present a $15,000 check to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, where he’d volunteered since 2000. However, when Kelly went to pick up the check he got a surprise. Instead of the $15,000 that he’d… Read More »

Holiday Dinner Drive raises $1 million to support Bay Area Food Banks

 Guest post from Michael Altfest of the Alameda County Community Food Bank: One of the Bay Area’s most remarkable fundraising efforts to support local Food Banks has achieved a significant milestone. This season, the Holiday Dinner Drive – an effort among congregants at local synagogues and churches – raised its millionth dollar to help families… Read More »

Marla and her family

Breaking the Cycle

Guest post by Food Bank friend Marla Williams: Monopoly money, something I remember thinking as a young child standing impatiently by my mother’s side, watching her tear paper coupons out of a book and hand them to the cashier. I was too young to understand anything different about the poverty my brothers and I grew… Read More »