Category: Advocacy

New State Budget Tackles Hunger

The State Budget is more than an estimate of California’s annual revenues and expenses; it is an expression of our collective values and priorities. The expansion of anti-hunger investments in the 2016-17 State Budget, which Governor Brown signed into law on Monday, June 27, 2016, reflects a strengthened commitment to end hunger in California. In… Read More »

Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Nutrition Assistance

Federal nutrition assistance programs are under attack, once more. This month the House Budget Committee passed a FY2017 Budget Resolution that would cut $3.5 trillion from programs for low-income households over the next ten years, including $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If enacted, these changes would exacerbate hunger and… Read More »

Food Bank Has Programs For Children

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: An astonishing one out of five children within our community is food-insecure. Child hunger doesn’t just affect children. It affects parents and our society as a whole. When children grow up with chronic hunger, we know that they experience significant physiological damage because their growing bodies don’t get the… Read More »

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President’s Last Budget Would Strengthen Food Security

Earlier this month President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which outlines his aspirations for his final year in office. Although the Senate and House budget committees have both rejected the budget sight unseen, it includes vital support for federal nutrition programs and reinforces the Administration’s commitment to ending hunger in America. Here are… Read More »

New Earned Income Tax Credit Available to Low-Income Californians

Last year California became the 26th state to expand upon the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and offer low-income workers a state tax credit to encourage employment and offset income taxes. For the first time, qualifying households will receive both a federal and state EITC when they file their 2015 returns this tax season.… Read More »

The Food Bank’s New Year’s Resolution: Anti-Hunger Advocacy

Although the first of January represents clean starts and new beginnings, it also marks the end of the season of giving. At the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, we couldn’t have made it through the holidays without the heart-warming and substantial support that poured in from community members, organizations, and businesses. But our… Read More »

Overweight and Undernourished

According to the USDA, 7.9 million children living in the U.S. are food insecure, which means that they don’t have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Because malnutrition is a serious and growing concern for children living in food insecure homes and communities, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently asked all… Read More »

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years By Donating To Food Bank

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: It is common to dread turning forty, but we at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano are proud of what we have accomplished as we turn the big 4-0. Today marks the 40th anniversary that our incorporation documents were filed. To honor our 40th birthday, generous donors… Read More »

Enrolling People In CalFresh Is A Cooperative Effort

For several years, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been part of a collaborative effort working to enroll eligible individuals in the CalFresh program. In both Solano and Contra Costa counties, there are individuals who are not aware that they qualify for the assistance CalFresh provides. Federal funds that could be used… Read More »

Access To Healthy Food Is Vital For People To Thrive

Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter:  At the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, beyond distributing food, we advocate for laws that affect the people we serve. Congress is currently debating Child Nutrition Reauthorization, a legislation package that determines the funding and policies of national programs that provide food to children. I recently met… Read More »