Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: Most people would agree that trust is a key factor to creating and maintaining healthy and successful relationships. We at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano believe this to be true. The communities we serve put their trust in us. We, in turn, count on our compassionate members of the community to help us accomplish our mission to end local hunger.
People volunteer at the Food Bank because they believe in the work we do. They trust that we will be able to delegate tasks in an organized manner.
Last year we had more than 80,000 hours of work donated to us. That equals about 42 staff members working full-time. Our volunteers know that their efforts truly make a difference to people who are food insecure.
Individuals and corporations carve time out of their busy schedules to help the Food Bank because they see the impact it makes in people’s lives.
Volunteers help us in a variety of ways and we trust them to be dependable and proficient. Whether it’s sorting and boxing food in our warehouse, working distributions, answering the phone, helping individual departments, conducting outreach or attending events, we simply could not accomplish what we do without the help of our generous hard-working volunteers.
Being a nonprofit, we also rely heavily on the financial support that we receive from the public. More than 80 percent of the money we receive comes from individuals, corporations and organizations.
It is critical that donors understand how we are using their charitable donations. We make sure our financial records are audited by an independent accounting firm that examines how we spend the money that the community gives us. The audit firm verifies that our administration and fund development costs account for only 4 percent of our operating budget. They also verify that $ 0.96 of every $1 received goes toward supporting the programs and agencies that we serve. Due to our proven fiscal responsibility, including our accountability and transparency practices, Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities, gives us their prestigious top honor of 4-stars.
In order to successfully feed people in need within a community, even the recipients have to have faith in the Food Bank. They trust us to show up on time at scheduled distributions. They have learned that we aren’t going to just provide them with empty calories, but actual nutritious food. They count on us to treat them with respect.
Lastly, they realize that we don’t have any ulterior motives other than to offer help.
We invite anyone who wants to see our efforts in action to come visit our distribution programs. You can see firsthand how the Food Bank provides truckloads of food to our local communities.
It is one thing to read about how we distribute over 20-million pounds of food a year and serve over 188,000 people a month, but it’s much more powerful to see it in person.
We thank our community for the trust you’ve put in us for the past 40 years and we trust that you will continue to help us provide assistance to our neighbors in need.