Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

FOOD BANK CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO

  • Concord, CA
  • http://www.foodbankccs.org

Mission Statement

Leading the fight to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service of our neighbors in need.

Main Programs

  1. Community Produce Program
  2. Extra Helpings
  3. Farm 2 Kids
  4. Food Assistance Program
  5. Food for Children
  6. School Pantries
  7. Senior Food Program

ruling year

1977

chief executive for fy 1976

Larry Sly

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Keywords

food, foodbank, hunger, food bank, emergency food assistance, food for children, senior brown bag, food distribution, donate, non-profit, feeding america, hunger relief, hunger, hungry, soup kitchen, food pantry, food drive, volunteer, Contra Costa, east bay, Solano

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EIN

94-2418054

Physical Address

4010 Nelson Avenue

Concord, 94520

Also Known As

FBCCS

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

For forty years, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been getting families through tough times, helping seniors stretch fixed income budgets, making life a little easier for the ill and giving children a needed boost toward achieving their potential. We are now distributing 20,000,000 pounds of food per year. That is more food distributed in one day than we did in our first year. Our commitment to improving community health shows in the fact that over half of the food we provide is fresh produce.

According to a report published in the New York Times May 27, 2015, low-income children born in either Contra Costa County or Solano County have a better than average chance of moving out of poverty. While we cannot take full credit for this fact, we are certainly a part of the solution.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Community Produce Program

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Extra Helpings

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Farm 2 Kids

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 4

Food Assistance Program

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 5

Food for Children

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 6

School Pantries

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 7

Senior Food Program

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Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goals of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano are best expressed in our guiding statements:

    Mission:
    Leading the fight to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service of our neighbors in need.

    Vision:
    Through the activities of the Food Bank and its member agencies, all hungry people in Contra Costa and Solano counties will receive at least one nutritious meal every day.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    When someone is hungry, they can always turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. We provide food assistance to children in poverty, low-income seniors, homeless people, families in crisis, the chronically ill, the disabled, and working poor families. The Food Bank raises awareness through nutrition education and anti-hunger advocacy. We conduct CalFresh (food stamps or SNAP) outreach to connect people with this underutilized food resource.

    Besides supporting 180 member agencies (churches, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.), the Food Bank runs seven direct service programs: Food Assistance Program (for all low-income people), Senior Food Program (age 55 and over), Food for Children (families with children age 4 and 5), Extra Helpings program (the chronically ill), Farm 2 Kids (fresh produce at elementary schools), Community Produce Program (fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods.) Our newest program is School Pantries, which provides food to middle and high school students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is a stable and efficient organization committed to ending hunger in our service area. We were established in 1975. Under the leadership of Executive Director Larry Sly, who has held that position for 39 years, we have grown from 2 employees to 71. This growth has not come at the expense of sound business practices. Our combined administrative and fundraising expenses are less than 4% of total revenue.

    The Food Bank has clear title to our headquarters building in Concord, including a 30,000 square foot warehouse with two drive-in coolers and a walk-in freezer – powered largely by 300 solar panels on the roof. We lease a similar facility in Fairfield.

    We own a fleet of 15 vehicles, ranging in size from hybrid passenger cars to our four tractor-trailer rigs.

    None of the above would matter, if it were not for the commitment of the 400 volunteers who donate their time and expertise to the Food Bank each month. Of all our resources, the fact that so many choose to participate without compensation shows the high regard the community has for this organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Food Bank uses a specialized inventory management system (CERES/Navision) to monitor productivity. Navision can track who donated and which program or agency received every pound of food. This allows us to easily evaluate the efficiency of program services for internal monitoring and for reporting to funders. Service statistics are compiled in Excel worksheets.
    The metrics for success of our food distribution programs include:

    • Number of people served
    • Pounds of food distributed
    • Types and nutritional quality of the food distributed
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Monthly poundage activity reports

    The Food Bank recognizes the importance of measuring our effect on the long-term health of the community as well as how much food we distribute. There are a number of sources to track community health trends, such as Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Needs Assessment website, kidsdata.com (the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children's health), the Centers for Disease Control and the US Census Bureau. Feeding America has a number of databases detailing such issues as food insecurity and availability, which can be measured over time.

    In 2014, the Food Bank partnered with Harder+Co. to survey the effect the Community Produce Program (CPP) has had in parts of Contra Costa County. The summary is that CPP increased the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available to clients, reduced some barriers to healthy diets and increased overall nutritional knowledge in the community. A copy of the report is loaded on our GuideStar Profile.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano makes a difference in the lives of 190,000 people every month. From a grandmother caring for seven grandchildren after losing everything – including their mother – in a house fire, to a homeless veteran trying to get back on his feet, to a recovering drug addict; no one can get out of a difficult situation if they are hungry.

    Have we ended hunger? Of course not. But like the parable of the man who saves one sand dollar, we have helped those we can.

    As we look to the future, beyond providing food, we are working to tackle the causes of hunger. CalFresh (as SNAP or food stamps is known in California) is a resource available to those whose budgets are strained by the high cost of living in the Bay Area. We now have four full-time employees engaged in connecting eligible people to the program. We have expanded our Advocacy Program by hiring our first Advocacy Manager to work toward policy and legislative solutions to hunger.

    We see no reason for anyone to be hungry in one of the wealthiest nations on earth. We are committed to doing whatever needs to be done to make sure everyone has enough healthy food to thrive.

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FOOD BANK OF CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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FOOD BANK CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Larry Sly

BIO

AAfter graduating from UC-Berkeley, Larry joined the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and soon became the organization's Executive Director. He has guided the Food Bank's development from an organization that distributed 36,000 pounds of food in its first year to one that distributed over 20 million pounds of food last year.

Larry has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Feeding America, the national food bank network, and on the National Council (NAC), an elected group of food bank leaders who serve as the voice of the network for Feeding America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks and chairs the Emergency Food and Shelter board that allocates Federal funds to hunger and shelter agencies in Contra Costa County. Larry has served on State advisory committees on hunger and has served on task forces for Feeding America. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Concord.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bruce Phelps

Consultant, BiotecH Pro Consulting

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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