Food Bank Community Advocates

The Community Advocacy Partnership (CAP) is a volunteer-driven group within the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s Advocacy Team.

CAP is dedicated to advocating for anti-hunger policies with the goal of ending hunger in our community.
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Meet our current advocates:

Liz Avalos

Liz Avalos is a proud Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano employee, speaker series member and hunger fighter.

Ruby Bayson

Ruby is passionate about helping people access nutritious food—especially families!
Jenny Berten

Jenny Berten

Jenny is a nurse and community health advocate. She is a hunger fighter who believes all college students should have healthy meals to help them succeed.

Cynthia Daddona

Cynthia Daddona is a Wellbeing Healthy Living-Eating Advocate and On-Camera Talent-Interviewer. She is passionate about Food as Medicine, Sustenance, Love, Connection and Access for all to clean fruits and vegetables.   

Keva Dean

Keva Dean

She has worked with numerous Bay Area ministries and community organizations as a social worker, family development worker, advocate, fundraiser/outreach and other ministries of giving.

Emily Diehl

Emily’s ambition is to “support others through advocating, culinary endeavors, and helping folks access nutritious foods so they can follow their dreams!”

Ilaf Esuf

As an immigrant who continues to see the harms of inequitable food distribution in her home country and in the United States, Ilaf Esuf is motivated to advance food justice through policies that help all families access healthy, affordable foods.

Tina Loyola-Cabral

Tina is the dining room manager for Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Antioch, Contra Costa County. She has been involved with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the past three years after graduating from the 2018 Speaker Series. It gives her joy knowing she can make a difference in the lives of others.

Lupe Marin-Chavez

Lupe is passionate about her work at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and is always looking for a way to assist clients with food needs.

Jason McMullan

Jason serves the Ministerial Association, a rural nonprofit serving Colusa County through churches, providing food distributions, pantries, clothing closets and housing assistance. Jason is a leader and voice at the table for the county’s vulnerable.

Maria Munoz

Maria is a navigator for Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services and a participant in the Speaker Series.

Octavia Petrut

Octavia Petrut is an Agency Relations Coordinator at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Marisa Schaffer

Marisa says food banks are communities within communities, providing resources, unmeasurable compassion, unconditional acceptance and priceless amounts of kindness to men, women and children within a world of so much dissention and uncertainty.