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Food Fight Fever

The 2016 13th annual Counties Care Holiday Food Fight heated up this year, with Solano County employees determined to win back the Big Apple trophy. Each holiday season, Contra Costa and Solano county employees raise funds for the Food Bank. Each year only one county wins bragging rights and possession of a large trophy. Employees… Read More »

In 2016, you helped us accomplish a lot!

YOU HELPED THE FOOD BANK OF CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO PROVIDE  20 MILLION POUNDS - TO - 190,000 NEIGHBORS   YOU HELPED FAMILIES    "I work, but supporting three children on my own is difficult. With the produce we get from the  Food Bank, I am able to cook healthy meals for my children. Now I know that… Read More »

Governor’s Budget fails to lift SSI recipients out of poverty

On Tuesday Governor Brown revealed a conservative 2016-17 Budget Proposal that maintains recession-era cuts to the vital Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program. SSI is a very basic income available to blind, disabled, and aged individuals who have limited or no income and resources. The maximum grant for an individual is just 90% of the federal… Read More »

Get involved and make a difference

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: “But what can I do?” When the world’s problems seem to be overwhelming, that’s the first question many of us ask ourselves. The answer is GET INVOLVED. There are countless worthwhile organizations that are looking for people who are willing to help others in need. The Food Bank of… Read More »

Congratulations to Vic and Fran Smith-Threads of Hope Honorees

Each December, Diablo Magazine’s annual Threads of Hope Awards recognize an amazing group of volunteers who go above and beyond to make the East Bay a better place. We are thrilled the Food Bank’s long-time volunteers, Vic and Fran Smith were honored in their 2016 ceremony. We are thankful for their many years of service and the… Read More »

Food Bank stays steadfast in service

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: We have just had one of the most contentious elections I can remember. Many people believed strongly in the candidate they preferred and had little positive to say about their opponent. Political differences will always exist, as they always have, and people will always want to advance their point… Read More »

Refinery Run assists Food Bank for 15 years

For 15 years, some of the Bay Area refineries including Tesoro Martinez Refinery, Shell Martinez Refinery, Valero Benicia Refinery and Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery & Carbon Plant have come together to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano with their annual Refinery Run event.  In September employees, contract employees… Read More »

Empty Bowls event fills hearts…and bellies

Guest Post by Leslie Mladinich, Ambassador for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: Ten gallons of soup at the Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event in Fairfield and Concord filled hand-sculpted, artisan craft bowls of local hunger fighters attending this important fundraiser– the meal and bowl a sober reminder that 1 in 8 of our… Read More »

Empty Bowls serves up a better understanding of local hunger

Friends and family recently came together to attend the Food Bank’s 8th Annual Empty Bowls events in Concord and Fairfield. Thanks to the over 200 guests who came to enjoy tasty soups and left with beautiful keepsake hand-crafted bowls. Many were lucky enough to also leave with raffle prizes. All attendees walked away with the… Read More »

Newly released White House Report outlines strategy to end hunger and increase opportunity  

President Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships released a report last week that provides recommendations to the incoming President on combatting economic inequality in America. This report, Strengthening Efforts to Increase Opportunity and End Poverty, argues that we must go beyond service provision to address past and present systems of structural racism and… Read More »

Sharing ‘Hungry’ story with students

Originally posted in the Vacaville Reporter: The United States sadly has the second highest percentage of childhood poverty amongst the top 35 industrialized countries. Nearly 15 million children in our country live in poverty, which breaks down to about one in five children not having their basic needs met. We all realize that children are… Read More »

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Over 400 attendees fill Concord warehouse for Volunteer Recognition Lunch

On Sunday, October 30th, the Food Bank hosted well over 250 volunteers for a Volunteer Recognition Lunch at our Concord warehouse to celebrate their contributions towards ending hunger. This past year, our wonderful volunteers donated over 96,000 hours of their time in a myriad of ways! Sharon Zeppegno, Volunteer Services Manager, described it as the… Read More »