Chelo stand in front of two freezers. These freezers were purchased through the Food Bank's agency enhancement grants.

Agency Enhancement Grant Highlights 2021

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is pleased to offer this annual grant opportunity for agencies who wish to enhance their service. We encourage agencies to think creatively and incorporate client feedback to come up with ways they can provide better service to their communities. Agency Enhancement Grants

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High School Helpers

Vacaville High student Akim Torres first got involved with the Food Bank in 2019 when he was inducted into the San Francisco Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants Scholarship Program. Akim played baseball with the Junior Giants until he aged out of the league; at that point, he switched over to

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The Food Bank Welcomes, Bob Rilling-Smith!

Please join us in welcoming our new Legislative Advocacy Associate, Bob Rilling-Smith, to the Food Bank family. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. He brings over seven years of experience in public policy and advocacy

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Expanding to Meet the Need

This year will bring a major milestone in the Food Bank’s ability to serve the growing needs of our community, as we relocate our Solano County facility to the expanded warehouse space at 2370 North Watney Way in Fairfield (just a half-mile from our existing facility, next to the Jelly

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MealConnect Provides Solution for Surplus Food

The USDA estimates 30% to 40% of our national food supply goes to waste each year. That waste amounts to 72 billion pounds of perfectly edible food sitting in landfills– enough food to feed roughly 2 billion people. Yet, 1.5 million people here in the Bay Area and 35 million people

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Chevron Community Cookbook

Every year Chevron employees give hundreds of hours in volunteer time. With company COVID-19 protocols, in-person shifts were out of the question in 2020. In addition to generous sponsorships and care packages for our frontline staff, the team at Chevron wanted to find new ways to help. This is their

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What’s best: Traditional or Virtual Food Drives?

Virtual fundraising has become our main priority thanks to the ease and effectiveness of online giving during socially-distanced times. However, we ARE still accepting traditional food drive donations and here’s why. Traditional food drives are a good way to get kids involved. Traditional food drives serve as a great way

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5 Ways to fight hunger this holiday season

When many of us think about the holidays, we envision feasts, family and fun times! However, for the 270,000 of our neighbors grappling with hunger, the oncoming holidays deliver a much different mood. Fortunately, there are simple ways each of us—including kids—can lift up members of our community who are

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We need volunteers!

There is no denying the holidays will look different this year.  Volunteering can be a wonderful way to restore hope for ourselves and for others. At a time when much of what is happening in the world feels outside of our control, we can lean in to the small acts

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Community Produce Program Goes Mobile

As part of our COVID-19 response efforts, we’re now giving away boxes of shelf-stable food at 25 of our Community Produce Program distributions. This program normally focuses on fresh produce, but supplemental boxes have been added temporarily in an effort to address the pandemic’s impact on struggling families. Of these

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Children Making Change

If you don’t think kids can make a difference, let us introduce you to Austin Brannan. The inspirational eleven-year-old from Alamo was motivated to take action after being introduced to a “21 Days of Kindness” program at school. The program was designed by the volunteer organization, KindSpring, to teach kids

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Neighborhood produce stand builds a sense of community

From our supporter, Karl Gross: “We live in a wonderful and blessed neighborhood. Many of our neighbors, like us have vegetable gardens that provide us with good food, physical work, and much joy. My neighbor mentioned to me that they bring their excess fruits and veggies to the Food Bank.

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