Food Bank announces Holiday Food Drive

The Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank announces Holiday Food Drive for 2009

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Special Announcement from the Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank

We Need Your Help This Holiday Season…to feed over 100,000 people each month. It may be someone you know, someone at work or someone living on your street. It is someone in our community who is trying to make ends meet and needs some assistance in feeding their children, their parents or themselves. It is probably someone who looks just like you or me.

We live in a wonderful community that comes together every holiday season to help our community. If you helped last holiday season – Thank You! We need your help again. If you haven’t helped in a while, it is never too late to make a difference. Just one can, $1, one hour can mean a world of difference to those in need. Here are some wonderful ways you can help us help more people this holiday season:

Traditional: For many people and businesses, the traditional food drive is the most exciting and fun. Our process is simple! You call us to order your barrels; we bring them to you or you can pick them up at one of our two warehouses; you give us a call when the barrel is almost full; we pick up the full barrels and give you new barrels to start again; we weigh the food and then send you a thank you letter telling you how many pounds of food you collected. Consider challenging other friends, company departments, businesses, schools, etc. to help feed our neighbors in need.

Special Event: We also welcome you to consider hosting a special event to benefit the Food Bank. You can collect food or money at holiday parties, birthday parties, caroling events, luncheons, hot cocoa sales and just about anything you can think of!

Buy-A-Bag: Help the Food Bank raise funds using our Buy A Bag program during the holidays! We provide small die cut paper bags or stockings. You collect donations for each bag or stocking – $1, $5, $10 – you choose your donation price. Decorate your office, business or classroom for the holidays with these colorful cut-outs and help your neighbors in need! For more information contact Kathy Gleason at 925-771-1313, kgleason@foodbankccs.org or visit www.foodbankccs.org.

Virtual Food Drive: If you are a busy person and don’t have time to shop, we can do it for you! Through our Virtual Food Drive – an internet-based technology – you will be able to make your monetary donations go directly to the purchase and distribution of highly nutritious food as well as other grocery products that our partner agencies request most. The Virtual Food Drive helps us get more meals on the tables of hungry people faster and with less expense because we are able to purchase truckloads of new food. You will be able to fight hunger with a click of the computer. You shop the amount you wish to donate from your computer. It is convenient, easy and secure. Virtual Food Drive donations are tax deductible, easier to figure out at tax time and receipts are instantaneous. If you have a group that would like to participate, we can set up a special page for your group so you can have friendly competitions or just watch as your totals grow. Visit our website www.foodbankccs.org and look for the little shopping cart. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN!
And once all of the food starts coming in, we will need many volunteers to help inspect, sort and box the food. There are many wonderful ways to help the Food Bank and the people we help!

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 34 years. We provided food to more than 100,000 hungry people in need every month directly at sites in every community in Contra Costa and Solano counties and through a network of 178 charitable agencies, and distributed over 11.2 million pounds last year! The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. The work could not get done without the help of the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to coordinate food drives, sort and pack the food, and help distribute it to their hungry neighbors. To learn more about the Food Bank and the work we do or to find out how you can help, please visit us on the web at www.foodbankccs.org or give us a call at 800-870-FOOD.

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Lemon Lady works for food

Anna works with are non-profits to help distribute food in the community

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I caught up with Anna Chan, known as the Lemon Lady for a little volunteering and a walk through of the Walnut Creek Farmers Market (Behind Target off of Main and Ygnacio).

Over the next 45 minutes Anna greeted many of the farmers came from as far away as Fresno to sell their fresh produce. She exchanged news of her write-up in the San Francisco Chronicle that featured the markets that Anna has been visiting. Continue reading “Lemon Lady works for food”

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Monument food bank expands

Monument Crisis Center is distributing to about 1600 families averaging about 5900 people served each month.

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Back in November I did an interview at the Crisis Center when they put out a call to the community for help with Thanksgiving donations. Since that time the background unemployment rate has increased, the income levels have fallen and the view of the crisis in the neighborhood has grown and changed somewhat. Here is a summary:

Demographics:
There has been a shift in the people served from in excess of 70% Hispanic (the Monument Corridor has the highest concentrations of Hispanics in Concord) down to 62% reflecting the spread of the problems in our city.
The number of new people added to their distribution list is up 50% from last year at this time ( was 105 average in 2008 now it is 150-160 a month).

They are distributing to about 1600 families averaging about 5900 people served each month. Families are limited to one monthly distribution which is fairly common in many of the food crisis centers in Concord such as SHARE and the Salvation Army. So their efforts are not like a daily welfare situation but exactly like a once a month crisis intervention.

Donations of food from the community:
April was a bad month with only 9,000 lbs of donations from the public, whereas this May it was 16,900. There has been no increase in government donation quantities and they rely on the community for help.

Volunteers
There are about 600+ individuals that rotate through on a monthly schedule with roughly 2 hour shift per day. There is a need for local volunteers.

Services
In addition to providing emergency food baskets, they also have a community outreach program that includes education on healthy food choices/preparations including a summer ‘camp’ at the site for 50 kids this summer. They have a special request for fruit and vegetables for this project detailed on their website. They have also provided social gathering for seniors on ‘brown bag’ days when seniors can sit around communal tables to share a snack and talk to their neighbors. They also provide tutoring and mentoring services as they recognize the importance of helping with the children to get them a hand in getting school work and basic education.

Money:
It takes about a million dollars a year to keep this operation going and cash donations are from Foundations, corporations, clubs and organizations as well as individuals. Along the walls of the Center there are blow ups of some of the large or touching donations from the area spanning groups such as The Rotary Clubs to a set of donations from the Monument Futures day laborers.

You can get more information as well as donate individually at their website
www.monumentcrisiscenter.org

The Monument Crisis Center
2350 Monument Blvd Suite B *by the Public Storage facility between Oak Grove and Detroit Avenue
Concord, CA 94520

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URGENT: Monument food pantry needs food donations now

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you this urgent community message. The Monument Crisis Center, Concord’s primary food pantry for families in crisis is in desperate need of basic food stuffs including but not limited to: cereals including oatmeal, other grains beans and rice, peanut butter, dry soup mixes, baking goods, diapers, too! Please CALL 925-825-7751 NOW to learn how you can help.

Please donate what you can as soon as you can. Please ask your business, church, or service groups to pitch in ASAP!
See story at KTVU.

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Food Bank offers free meals for kids during Summer

With summer vacation just getting under way for school children, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is encouraging participation in summer food programs.

Many schools and organizations in Contra Costa County are offering free, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the summer including sites in Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Bay Point, Richmond, and San Pablo. Summer food programs work by providing free meals and snacks to children and teens ages 18 and younger when school is not in session. Continue reading “Food Bank offers free meals for kids during Summer”

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