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Carlos Avila and Magali Garcia Arenas show off the barrel in the lobby at Caliber Collision at 847 Industrial Drive in Hollister. The crews at Caliber’s 550 collision centers nationwide are mounting a campaign through May 11 to help feed their neighbors throughout 17 states. The local drive benefits Community FoodBank. Donations of […]

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The generous folks at South Valley Community Church – Hollister returned for another backpack bag build on Saturday, April 21st. And not just any backpack build, these were the last bags built for this school year. How many bags were built? A mere 2,112 bags – tying their former record! And […]

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This week, we’ll be sharing a ton — really 2,000 pounds of asparagus at Community FoodBank. Of course it’s great steamed, stir fried and roasted. But this light soup dispenses with the heavy cream and delivers a mouthful of the taste of spring.

This comes to us from Jennifer Segal at

Asparagus Soup […]

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April Abundance: A Summary

On April 22, 2018 By

April 6, 2018

In addition to a staggering amount of fresh, mostly organic, salad greens, this week at Community FoodBank we have celery, as well as a ton (literally) of navel oranges, 5,000 pounds of russet potatoes and 5,000 pounds of yellow and white onions.

April 13, 2018

Popeye said it first, but […]

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[Recipe] Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

On April 21, 2018 By

With more than 12,000 pounds of cantaloupe waiting for Community FoodBank’s customers, it’s time to examine all the possibilities. Melon lends itself beautifully to aguas frescas (Spanish for fresh waters), delicious, healthy alternatives to soft drinks.

This easy recipe comes to us from

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Yield: about 2 liters


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[Recipe] Quick, crunchy pickles

On April 14, 2018 By

With 1,000 pounds of radishes heading out the doors at Community FoodBank this week, it’s time for some quick, no-cook pickles. After an hour in the fridge, they’re ready, and they’ll continue to improve for a few days. The quick dip in a vinegar-sugar brine turns everything bright pink, set off by the deep […]

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Community FoodBank CEO Maria Lynn Thomas and her son, Mateo, were among the people visiting the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce mixer at Emergency Vehicle Specialists, Inc. in Hollister Wednesday. The company converts factory vehicles into modern law enforcement and emergency mobile platforms. Motorcycles and cars in various stages of conversion were on […]

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It’s easy to ignore your trash. You put it in the can and it magically disappears, right? Depending on what you’re trashing, it might be here long after you’ve decomposed.

Once in the water, plastic never fully biodegrades, but breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually being dubbed a “microplastic” —something that is […]

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[Recipe] Cream of Celery Soup

On April 7, 2018 By

Celery is often regarded as an afterthought, something to go with buffalo wings, perhaps. But this soup with its bright, fresh flavor will make a convert out of anyone. It’s brought to us by

Cream of Celery Soup


3 tablespoons butter
1 1⁄2 lbs celery ribs, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
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Q: What is food insecurity?
A: Uncertain availability of affordable, nutritious food.

“Students can encounter a variety of roadblocks including homelessness and food insecurity. Recent studies revealed 41% of students on CSU campuses face food insecurity.” -California State University, Long Beach

Donations made to Community FoodBank benefit our local students who seek food […]

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