Posts by: Mark Paxton

It was four years ago that food bank CEO Maria Lynn Thomas invited me into a conversation about joining the staff. In a departure from standard interview blather, I said that I hoped to work my way out of the job. With Community FoodBank on solid footing thanks to all of you, I believe I […]

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Nation’s biggest food drive is Saturday, May 11.

Making a difference is only as far away as your mailbox this Saturday.

Local letter carriers are mounting their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for Saturday, May 12. This is the 27th year that letter carriers nationwide have conducted what has become the largest one-day food drive in […]

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Southside School’s seventh-grade class visited Community FoodBank Wednesday for a different kind of field trip.

After a brief tour of the food bank’s San Felipe Road building and operation, students in Wendy Abercrombie’s class fell to work, and in scarcely two hours packed 2,190 bags bound for local k-12 students.

“They were great,” said […]

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Retreat defines mission

On January 31, 2019 By

The staff and board of directors at Community FoodBank participated in a two-day retreat and brainstorming session during the week of Jan. 20-25, and the outcome includes a new mission statement that better defines the food bank’s growing mission in San Benito County.

Building dignity.
Sharing abundance.
Nourishing lives.

That’s the new definition […]

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Generosity Personified

On December 3, 2018 By

  Guess what walked through the front door at Community FoodBank this week:  $100.  Of course, it didn’t do it all by itself.   Instead, this particular contribution, a combination of coins and small bills, came from an anonymous supporter who likes to help his community.  This time, he said he had worked over the […]

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Calvary Eagles Soar

On November 28, 2018 By

Calvary Christian School in Hollister may be small, but its 48 students share a great, big heart.   Even though Community FoodBank’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive does not get going in earnest until this week, students mounted a preview event through the Thanksgiving weekend, focusing specifically on grocery items for the food bank’s School […]

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Scouts Brighten Holidays

On November 27, 2018 By

San Benito County’s Boy and Girl Scouts start their holiday season each year with a food drive, and this year is no different. After combing the community on Nov. 17, the scouts delivered their haul to Community FoodBank, and wow did they deliver!

The one-day effort yielded 5,486 pounds of groceries, valued at $9,490. […]

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Members of Adrian Andrade’s communications class at Gavilan College’s Hollister campus built on a burgeoning tradition this week.

With his class of 23 broken into three groups, students developed campaigns to promote fund-raising for Community FoodBank of San Benito.  For Andrade, the unit combines lessons in real-world marketing communications, promotion, fund development and team […]

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Thanks to a generous donation from the fine folks at Drive Rite Driving School, we are able to extend an opportunity to snap up a gently used car. Interior and body are perfect. It’s a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am with 202,000 miles on the odometer. Thanks to a regular comprehensive schedule of maintenance, […]

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Postal carriers across America pitched in for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign Saturday, May 12th. In Hollister, carriers returning from their routes brought back sack after sack of donated groceries, all destined for Community FoodBank. The story was being played out in San Juan Bautista as well.

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