Geo: Hunger Action Month

Honestly, I felt a little shame. It was hard waiting in line for an hour to get food. But within one or two times of visiting, I realized no one is here to judge. Since he was a kid, Geo has loved sharing food. “I’ve always known one of my

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Meet the Advocates–Jenny

Say hello to Jenny! Over the next few months we will share the stories and backgrounds of the volunteer advocates who are so instrumental to our advocacy work. This month we’d like to introduce our 2020 Speaker Series graduate, Jenny Berten! As a nurse and community health advocate and Food Bank volunteer

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High School Helpers

Vacaville High student Akim Torres first got involved with the Food Bank in 2019 when he was inducted into the San Francisco Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants Scholarship Program. Akim played baseball with the Junior Giants until he aged out of the league; at that point, he switched over to

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The art of giving

Richmond’s Lifelong William Jenkins Health Center is one of our nonprofit partners and a recent recipient of a Food Bank agency enhancement grant. Read this heartfelt letter from Alma, their pantry manager, to learn about the impact you make when you support the Food Bank: Thank you so much for the enhancement grant

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The Food Bank Welcomes, Bob Rilling-Smith!

Please join us in welcoming our new Legislative Advocacy Associate, Bob Rilling-Smith, to the Food Bank family. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. He brings over seven years of experience in public policy and advocacy

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Celebrating Wins for Fight Against Hunger in CA State Budget!

Thanks to the power of our collective advocacy, policy partnerships and drive to end hunger, we are witnessing historic investments in the state’s food bank system, food assistance programs, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Not only are the investments themselves substantial, this funding further expresses the values

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The “Yes, you CAN!” Summer Challenge is here!

We were recently inspired by a story about a quick-thinking mom who turned trips to the store with her two young children into a chance to give back. After repeatedly saying “no” to their requests (for seemingly everything in sight), she said “yes”—but there was a catch. She tasked them

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Why CalFresh Matters

Food Bank Senior Calfresh Outreach Coordinator Robert Gama will never forget the woman who gave him a grateful hug in the Food Bank lobby after he helped her sign up for CalFresh benefits. Robert, who has been helping people navigate the CalFresh application process for six years, recalls the memory:

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Meet our new Communications Director

We are excited to introduce our new Communications Director, Diana Brennan, who joined the Food Bank family in February. Diana brings with her more than 20 years of experience in communications and marketing at Sonoma Raceway, so it makes sense that she’s done an amazing job at “getting up to

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Expanding to Meet the Need

This year will bring a major milestone in the Food Bank’s ability to serve the growing needs of our community, as we relocate our Solano County facility to the expanded warehouse space at 2370 North Watney Way in Fairfield (just a half-mile from our existing facility, next to the Jelly

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A New Year’s Message from our CEO

Most of us are happy to have 2020 in our rearview mirror, but honestly, many of its challenges, as they relate to hunger, are going to continue to be a part of the narrative for 2021. One good thing about the year-that-shall-not-be-named is that the long-standing issue of hunger in

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Children Making Change

If you don’t think kids can make a difference, let us introduce you to Austin Brannan. The inspirational eleven-year-old from Alamo was motivated to take action after being introduced to a “21 Days of Kindness” program at school. The program was designed by the volunteer organization, KindSpring, to teach kids

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