Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: We want to thank everyone for the incredible community support during the holidays, helping the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano exceed our six million meal goal. The community donated over 600,000 pounds of food and enough funds to provide over 8,500,000 meals throughout the year! So many groups contributed, including shoppers at local grocery stores, banks, credit unions, Scouts, realtors, schools and county employees.
Some of the grocery stores we work with put together bags of food that give us our most-needed food (tuna, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce). They priced these bags at $10 or so and made it an easy donation for a shopper who wanted to make a difference. The Safeway stores in Solano County, for example, donated nearly 19,000 pounds of food this last holiday season, because Safeway made it easy for their shoppers to give.
Families like Angel and Lisa have already benefited from the fantastic community support during the holidays. Lisa is on dialysis and needed help with groceries. They attended a distribution at a Food Bank partner agency where they received a turkey and groceries for the holidays. Thanks to you, Angel spent the holidays with family and “ate lots of food!”
The number of people the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides food to has increased more than 25% in the last two years. In fact, one in eight residents now relies on the Food Bank. Hunger exists in every corner of our community and affects people of all ages, ethnicities, education levels and employment status. The economy may be getting better, but for far too many in our community that has not yet translated into an income level that can keep food on the table.
Last year, the Food Bank provided the equivalent of 16 million meals to your neighbors in need; more than half of the food was fresh produce. With the help we received during the holidays, we can project another year of meeting the high need.
To help feed a neighbor in need, contact the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at www.foodbankccs.org or 855-309-FOOD.