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Food Bank Feeds Our Neighbors, By Rachel Braver

Oct 31, 2016 09:19AM ● By Elena Hutslar

A sad reality is that 1 in 8 of our neighbors does not have enough food on their plates.

Neighbors like Fatima and her family need help with groceries. Fatima and her husband are busy parents with two daughters, ages 16 months and 3 years. They both work, but it is not always enough to get by. The family is grateful they are able to turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to help with food when money is tight, as it often is during the holidays.

This holiday season, in addition to helping the Food Bank provide everyday groceries, you can help 30,000 households receive extra groceries for preparing special holiday meals. Here are some ways to get involved during the holidays:

DONATE at, and then share with your friends and family on social media and email. With every $1 donated, we can provide two nutritious meals.

HOLD A FOOD DRIVE Make a food drive part of your holiday celebrations at work, school or your place of worship by requesting a food collection barrel or boxes. Learn more at

BUY A BAG Get colorful grocery bag cutouts from the Food Bank and set a dollar amount for each one. Donors make donations and then write their names on bags for display on a wall, window, counter, or even on a tree! Learn more at

Together we can make the holidays more hopeful for children, families, and seniors who struggle to put food on their plates daily. Visit or call 855-309-FOOD for other ways to help.