FOOD BANK CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 4010 Nelson Ave PO Box 6324 Concord CA 94524 USA

Mission: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides an efficient, coordinated system for collecting and distributing food that reduces food waste and increases public awareness about the issues surrounding hunger and food security issues in Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Results: The Food Bank feeds over 100,000 people every month - 30% more people than two years ago - through direct services and 178 member agencies.
Programs: The Food Bank operates several direct service programs, including its Food for Children program, which serves over 650 children ages 4 - 6; the senior Brown Bag program, offering free groceries to over 2,300 senior households twice each month; the Extra Helpings program, which assists 114 families with special needs; and its Food Assistance Program, serving over 4,500 low-income families each month.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have personally seen what the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County has done for the folks in our community. Working with them has been an honor. They genuinely care about the citizens they serve - not just about making sure they receive food, but that they receive nutritional food and valuable tools in order to feed their families healthy meals in a variety of ways. Our Food Bank has a wonderful relationship with our area farmers, grocers and other agencies so that whenever there is food to donate, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is at the top of the list. They are a blessing to all they serve and an excellent role model in teaching us how we can do better and more, even with less.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate, forward thinkers. Energetic, multi-taskers; positive thinkers; motivated; optimistic!!! Their energy is contagious!! Lisa Sherrill is Fantastic!!! I want to be her when I grow up. :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The Food Bank is a wonderful place. The fact that so many groups support and volunteer there is a testament to this fine organization. My family and friends always feel happy and productive after giving their time for those in need.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I come every month for 3 hours to sort food. I bring a group of 15 teenagers who love the opportunity to help and see that they can easily help get food to people. We inspect and sort the food so it can go out to people in need. The staff is friendly and truly caring! A great place to make a difference!

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It is easy to help make a difference! Great opportunity for teens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring people who want to help our local community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure evryone in need would have good nutritious food.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides much needed services to my community. Last month at the food bank in Antioch they delivered food to 582 families - up 82 families from November. The volunteers I worked with met the challenge of registering the families, filling and delivering the food in just two hours. It was a pleasure to volunteer and work for this amazing and much needed organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

serving needy families in my community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way everyone worked together to help those in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, pleasant, well organized and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve and feed more needy families in these especially challenging times for all spectrums of our society - young families, veterans and seniors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Organizing community service activities for my company has proven to be a challenge with varying interests and new non-profits emerging, but the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is my preferred and go-to organization. They've proven to be reputable, responsive, and honest; and as a donor I appreciate that. But we also volunteer there, sorting anything they put before us, which not only allows us as a company to engage with the community and see how the organization works and that it works, but it strengthens our team.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how not only do you feel a sense of accomplishment and connection volunteering at the Food Bank, but you truly understand where the donations go and how best to improve your donations. I learn something every time I go there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Food Banks in general are a fantastic way to make your contribution go a long way. The ability of Food Banks to turn mney inot large quantities of food for those in need is truly remarkable. I have personal knowledge of the operation of the Contra Costa - Solano County Food Bank and it is a top notch, well run organization. This is an excellent choic if you are looking for a charitable organization to donate to.

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my time as a Board Member. Extremely well run organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

When I was looking to "give back" this holiday season, I did some research to find the most effective and reputable organization combating hunger in my area. Time and time again, I kept hearing about the great work being done by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. This well-run organization distributes food directly to low-income people at community sites and also provides food to many shelters and other nonprofits serving the ill, needy, and infants. They have a great feature on their website called "Virtual Food Bank" that lets you shop for the most needed food items online, at bulk prices. Now I can donate those huge cans of beans without having to lug them to my car! I am proud to support this respected community organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that my contributions are going to an agency that spends 95 cents out of every dollar directly on food programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Thanks Tara for that great review. We are very proud that 95 cents of every dollar donated goes to food programs. I wanted to let you know that we are in the process of updating our website, so hopefully things will be easier to find after the first of the year. We have a list of member agencies on the current site, but I agree it is not easy to find. Here is the link: http://www.foodbankccs.org/get help/memberAgencies.html in case you are still interested. Thank you again and Happy Holidays!