Community Produce Program Goes Mobile

As part of our COVID-19 response efforts, we’re now giving away boxes of shelf-stable food at 25 of our Community Produce Program distributions. This program normally focuses on fresh produce, but supplemental boxes have been added temporarily in an effort to address the pandemic’s impact on struggling families. Of these

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45 Years of Service and Partnership

This summer marks the Food Bank’s 45th anniversary and together—as a community—we have certainly been through a lot: eight presidents, six recessions, the Loma Prieta earthquake, devastating fires and now a global pandemic!  Understandably, when disasters strike we are often asked if the Food Bank is going to run out

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This is why we turn to you

We reached out and you stepped up! With your support, we’ve been able to add weekly drive-thru distributions as part of our COVID-19 response. We recently met Cheralyn at one of these pop-up events and based on what she shared with us, it sounds like she also knows a thing

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Frontline Q&A – Program Updates from Staff

As our COVID-19 response continues, we took a few moments to check in with staff members who manage and coordinate some of our various food programs. They interact with our neighbors of our community who need our services and witness firsthand the impact your generosity makes. Read interviews from some

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Frontline Q&A – Produce Programs

Nick Clark – Community Produce Program Administrator What are clients saying? People are sincerely grateful for the produce they get through the Community Produce Program. We have seen more need, and we are working hard to meet it. There is so much gratitude; I hear “thank you” a hundred times

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Frontline Q&A – Senior Programs

Matt Harray – Direct Service Program Manager How do we help seniors? Senior Food Program distributions take place twice a month and are held at churches, senior centers and senior housing facilities. Seniors are able to get two bags of groceries which typically consist of items such as bread, pasta,

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Frontline Q&A – Child Programs

Anna Gorman – Child Programs and Extra Helpings Administrator How do we nourish kids? We’re continuing to partner with school districts in Contra Costa and Solano counties through our Farm 2 Kids program. Thankfully, all local school districts are stepping up and holding free lunch distributions for students during the

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Hunger sidelines higher education

Since 2017, the Food Bank has been partnering with local colleges to make sure students can worry more about exams than when they will eat again. “I am able to get healthy food for me and my daughter while on campus which has really helped.” -College Pantry Participant Although many

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Helping local students from preschool to college

Hunger is isolating for anyone, but especially to young people trying to figure out the world around them. For kids living with hunger, going back to school can mean going back to shame and embarrassment. Many students have to skip breakfast and/or don’t have enough food in their cupboards to

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Healthy summer meals for kids sees growth locally

In a follow up to our blog post dated July 11th, 2019, we had the opportunity to learn more about a local school district serving free meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). We had an opportunity to talk with Kristin Nisen from Brentwood Unified School District. We wanted

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Fighting hunger on college campuses

You can’t learn when you are hungry, which is why we have programs that specifically focus on providing food for school-aged children. But what about the people seeking higher education? Almost half of local college students struggle to afford food due to the increasing costs of housing, tuition, and books.

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