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[Recipe] Spaghetti Squash

On February 13, 2018 By

A load of 1,700 pounds of spaghetti squash just arrived at Community FoodBank, courtesy of the fine folks at the Bob Swanson Ranch in Tres Pinos. When something new or unfamiliar shows up in our marketplace bins, we hear a lot of questions about what to do with it. Here’s a delicious, quick answer, […]

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2017 12 Days of Giving Update

On February 12, 2018 By

You did it again! The 2017 12 Days of Giving campaign wrapped up recently with a reception at Aroma Cellars in Hollister. Together, the four local nonprofits — with the generous support of the community — collected more than $128,000 in donations in less than two weeks.

With a matching fund pool provided by […]

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There’s more to do with potatoes than baking, frying or mashing. But when you encounter a bag of freshly dug new crop potatoes sometimes, there’s nothing better than the familiar comfort of a go-to dish. This simple recipe comes to you courtesy of


12 small red potatoes
4 […]

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Spuds! That’s what a few thousand pounds of white potatoes look like when they arrive at Community FoodBank, and they’re heading out the doors later this week. Marketplace hours are 9 a.m. – noon every Friday and Saturday.

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It’s no secret why Barbara Calaorio volunteers in different roles at Community FoodBank. Her welcoming smile gives it away.

“It’s my way of giving back,” she said one recent morning while bustling around organizing things at Pat’s Place, Community FoodBank’s benefit store. “It’s therapeutic for me. I’ve done it all my life!”
Barbara pitches […]

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[Recipe] Classic Onion Soup

On January 27, 2018 By

Community FoodBank’s marketbasket this week includes beautiful and locally grown organic yellow onions from Pinnacle Organics.

With some chilly weather in store, here’s a delicious suggestion from the National Onion Association.

4 large yellow onions (about 9 to 11 ounces each), sliced
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon sugar
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The leafy greens continue to pour through the doors at Community FoodBank. Don’t fret because spring is just around the bend. And there are still easy solutions at hand if the go-to recipes are seeming a little tired.

This one comes to us from Susan Voisin at


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The stalwart crew of regular volunteers were joined Wednesday by a team from Charles River Labs for a most important job: ensuring that hundreds of local school children do not go hungry over the weekends. Community FoodBank’s backpack bag program is one that makes a real difference in the lives of young people every […]

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[Recipe] Savory Bread Pudding

On January 12, 2018 By

Thanks to the support of local grocers, Community FoodBank customers can count on a steady supply of artisanal breads all year long. Right now, the coolers are bursting with fresh greens. Add to that more than 3,300 pounds of beautiful portobellos and cremini mushrooms and you get — savory bread pudding!
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Neighborly Warmth

On January 10, 2018 By

This post brought a smile to our face. Shared from SafeHouse Web:

We’re spreading the warmth on this rainy day by bringing breakfast burritos from Farmhouse Cafe to our neighbors here in downtown Hollister! Looks like our friends at Continue Reading