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Meet the Advocates – Tina!

Let us introduce you to Tina Loyola-Cabral! Tina is the dining-room manager for Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Antioch, Contra Costa County. She has been involved with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the past three years after graduating from the 2018 Speaker Series. We sat

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Food Bank enters Advocacy Hall of Fame

We are honored to have recently been inducted into Feeding America’s 2020 Advocacy Hall of Fame. As stated by Feeding America, the Advocacy Hall of Fame is a year-long contest that challenges Feeding America network members to complete a set of advocacy tasks before the end of the year. Members

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Hungry to be heard

Everyone has a story. Understanding someone’s story builds compassion. That compassion can lead to positive change. And THAT is why we host an incredible program called The Speaker Series.  Be it a novel or a short chapter, people who know firsthand the realities of not having enough food to eat

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Breaking Down the Proposed Changes to CalFresh/SNAP 

If you’ve turned on the news lately, you’ve probably heard about cuts to SNAP (knowns as CalFresh in California, or “food stamps”). We’ve broken things down to help you better understand recent legislation and their implications on hunger and the Food Bank. Changes made at the federal level hurt the

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Get the Facts About Public Charge (English/Español)

WHAT is Public Charge and why is it a hot topic right now? Public Charge has been an aspect of US Immigration Law for over 100 years and is part of what allows immigration officials to determine who is granted visas, green cards, and citizenship. An announced change to Public

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New advocates graduate from Speaker Series 2019

We won’t be able to truly end hunger without coming together and changing policy. For this reason, one of the core pillars of our policy work is the Speaker Series. The Speaker Series is designed to help people who experience hunger gain the tools and knowledge they need to become

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Lend your voice on Hunger Action Day, May 22

Representatives from the Food Bank will bus up to the State Capitol on Hunger Action Day, May 22, to meet up with other hunger-fighting advocates from throughout California. They will share their stories with elected officials and call for legislative change. Even if you can’t be with us in Sacramento,

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Need Remains High in Wake of Shutdown

Although the shutdown is over for federal employees, many of our clients are still unsure about how they will afford food without increased help from the Food Bank .   “I’m probably going to have to go a few days without food for myself, to make sure that my kids are able

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Government shutdown ends, hardship continues

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is relieved congressional leaders and the administration reached a deal last week to temporarily re-open the federal government. However, we remain deeply concerned about the lasting impact this shutdown will have for federal workers and contractors, food assistance recipients, and emergency food

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Government shutdown’s impact on hunger

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that, despite the ongoing federal government shutdown, they will continue to fund federal nutrition programs through February.  The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is relieved that important benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as

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