2016 Anti-Hunger Bills in Review

Last Friday, September 30th marked the Governor’s final deadline to sign off on bills approved by the state legislature in 2016. This session was full of satisfying victories and disappointing losses. After months of traveling up to Sacramento to testify in policy hearings, meeting with and educating our elected officials on the issue of hunger,… Read More »

Larry Sly: Empty Bowls Events Are Upcoming

Originally posted in The Reporter: People often think about our neighbors living with hunger as the holidays approach. With the help of the media, there is a more collective consciousness about the subject. The reality is that hunger is an issue 365 days a year and because of that, the Food Bank of Contra Costa… Read More »

Larry Sly, Executive Director, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Originally posted on Sustainable Contra Costa: For dedicating over forty years to feeding the hungry and being a model of sustainability in our local community, Food Bank Executive Director Larry Sly received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Contra Costa. Larry was presented with the award at the 2016 Leadership In Sustainability & Green… Read More »


Behind The Scenes Look At How The Food Bank Makes A Difference

Guest post by Tom Barnidge, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Volunteer: The single-file line began forming at least 30 minutes before the event was to start. There were men and women, old and young, tall and short. There were mothers pushing strollers, pre-schoolers hanging on to parents’ hands and seniors leaning on walkers… Read More »


Hunger Action Month Spotlight on CalFresh

What is CalFresh? CalFresh is a federal nutrition assistance program that serves as one of the most important safeguards against hunger in America.  Low-income households that qualify for CalFresh receive monthly electronic benefits that can be used to purchase groceries at most grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food retailers. Why is the Food Bank involved?… Read More »


Meet our Newest Year-Round Food Drive Partners in Solano County

Thanks to Fairfield Subaru at 2525 Martin Road in Fairfield and Fairfield Chevrolet at 2501 Martin Road in Fairfield for their commitment to fighting hunger in our community. Each dealership is now hosting a Food Bank donation barrel. When your car needs to be serviced or when it’s time to go car shopping, consider visiting these… Read More »

September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month. Hunger IS real. Many people associate hunger with developing countries, but it’s a domestic problem as well. It’s not just in the big metropolitan cities either. It’s in our own suburban backyards. In fact, over 190,000 people turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano a MONTH for… Read More »

Valero Sporting Clay Event Raises $70k for Food Bank

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano received a big boost in its never-ending request to feed the hungry thanks to the 4th Annual Valero Sporting Clay Invitational, presented by the Benicia refinery. The event raised over $70,000 this year, bringing our four-year total to more than a quarter of a million dollars,” said Refinery… Read More »

Is There Room for Food In College Students’ Back-To-School Budgets?

About 1 in 5 students within both the UC and CSU higher education systems miss or reduce meals because they can’t afford enough food, according to two separate studies released this year. Hunger at California community colleges has not been comprehensively researched, but preliminary studies suggest that students at these campuses experience comparable if not… Read More »


Uncorked: Great Temps, Treats, and Tunes

Thanks to everyone who spent a wonderful afternoon with us at the 3rd annual Uncorked at G V Cellars in Fairfield on August 7th. Guests enjoyed live music by Running with Scissorz, delicious food from Magpies and cupcakes from Just a Simple Cupcake, along with great G V Cellars wine.  The beautiful view of the winery… Read More »

Fruits, Vegetables More Than Luxury

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano believes that it’s good to think outside of the box; actually, we think outside cans and bags too. We recognize the value in packaged food. It is less complicated to transport, is convenient and has a longer shelf life. However, we… Read More »


Food Bank Inducted Into the Advocacy Hall of Fame

The Food Bank’s New Year’s Resolution was to focus on anti-hunger advocacy in addition to continuing to provide food to 190,000 people each month. Just over half way through the year we are proud to announce that the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been inducted into Feeding America’s 2016 Advocacy Hall of… Read More »