The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano works to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and families through a comprehensive group of programs that combat hunger and its causes. 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.
In 1975 a group of people recognized that at a time when local families had a critical need for food, items like day-old bread at grocery stores would often go to waste. While the problem seemed so big, they believed it could be solved if the community worked together. This group started what is now the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
That was emergency food service, now the Food Bank helps people survive day to day. The Food Bank has gone from providing emergency food to a small number of people – to a resource that one in eight of their neighbors rely on for help with food.
As they have transitioned through the years from being a source of one-time emergency food to more of an ongoing safety-net service, their focus has transitioned from just providing calories to providing actual nutrition.
They are mindful of the types of food they purchase and distribute, and when possible, choose wholesome items such as lentils, whole grains, low-sodium alternatives, and high protein items. They even provide budget-friendly recipes and cooking tips that help recipients turn the ingredients that they receive at distributions into delicious and nutritious meals.
Your money is used directly in your community. They set up food distributions and support other non-profits who may have otherwise not had the capacity to distribute food. Families are able to eat more proteins and fresh produce that they couldn’t always afford before. Kids have a better chance to learn with food in their tummies.
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