Speaker Series Application

Our advocacy approach is to center the lived experience of our community members and the passion for ending hunger in each aspect of our legislative engagement.

What is the Food Bank Speaker Series?

The Speaker Series is an advocacy-training program for community members with lived experience of hunger and for those passionate about food security along with those who are working professionals in the anti-poverty space. Participants of the program learn effective advocacy and public speaking skills while partnering with the Food Bank to create a hunger-free community.

The Speaker Series consists of six weeks of workshops that culminate with  participation in California’s Hunger Action Week and a personal meeting with one of our elected officials. The series occurs annually from late March or early April until mid-May.

The Food Bank recognizes the time and efforts of Speaker Series participants and provides the following:

  • A $25 grocery gift card for each of the six workshops attended
  • Graduates who complete the full series receive a $100 Visa gift card as a thank you for their time, commitment and participation

In order to join, Speaker Series participants must commit to:

  • Commit to attending each of the six sessions, we work with all accepted applicants to find a time that works for you.
    • Historically, meetings have occurred on a weekday for two hours for six consecutive weeks between late March or early April and mid-May
  • Fully participate in group discussions, exercises, and public speaking presentations
    • We make every effort to cultivate a respectful environment among the participant cohort to facilitate a space where you can learn, grow, and share your story


  • The application process reopens every fall — please check back soon
  • The 2023 Speaker Series will be held virtually, allowing for participants from Contra Costa and Solano counties and throughout the state.
  • All applications will receive a response, but space in the program is limited


  • Sessions will be once a week for 2 hours; day and time will be finalized among accepted applicants. Typically sessions begin late March.