For 12 years, employees of Contra Costa and Solano counties have spent the month of December competing in the Counties Care Holiday Food Fight to raise funds for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, helping to ensure that the hungry of both counties will be able to eat fresh produce and nutritious food provided by the Food Bank.
Volunteering their free time (lunches, breaks, before and after work hours), employees hold bake sales, raffles, auctions, burrito breakfasts, and lightning challenges to encourage coworkers to be generous to the Food Bank during this giving season. And it’s worked very well: In the past 12 years, more than $1.3 million have been raised by this volunteer employee challenge (over $1 million of that total was raised by Contra Costa County employees).
While the only winners who really matter in this drive are the residents of our counties who need the Food Bank’s services, employees are eager to take bragging rights to the Big Apple each year. It has traveled back and forth many times, but Contra Costa employees are determined to keep it here in the year to come.
The bonus that comes to every participant in this two-county challenge is the knowledge that we are doing something truly meaningful in a season that sometimes overwhelms many of us. We all find joy in this annual FUNdraising effort.
So bring it on, Solano County! We can take the heat!