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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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Earthbound Backpack Build

On January 7, 2019 By


The music was pumping and volunteers from Earthbound Farms got right to work Wednesday, packing backpack bags that go to local school children each week. The bags are intended to cover the weekend nutrition gap, when school meal programs are closed.

What does it cost to bridge the gap for a student for an […]

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Community FoodBank friend Ken Kovanda joined the crew at Mary Zanger’s orchard recently. This delicious donation is headed to local homes this week.

The volunteer crew from Charles River Labs of Hollister was in Mary Zanger’s cherry orchard last week to wrap up the season, and they scored with a heavy haul […]

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Freshmen from Monte Vista Christian School came by Community Food Bank recently to help bag up delicious chocolates donated by Marich Chocolates. Pretty sweet job, and a great bunch of young people.

Without our volunteers, it would not be possible for our small staff to serve thousands of our […]

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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 is your opportunity! Community FoodBank is again accepting applications for volunteers. Frankly, most volunteers find it so rewarding to pitch in fighting hunger that the chance to join in doesn’t come up that often. But right now, your contributions of time and talent are welcome and needed.

Become part of the team that […]

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Tomatoes and volunteers

On March 16, 2018 By


More specifically, grape tomatoes. These bite-sized treats are headed out the doors at Community FoodBank this week. Volunteers from the San Benito High School life skills class and the county probation department bagged up 2,500 pounds of them to share. They’re great in salads, or halved and quickly sauteed with a bit of […]

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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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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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It’s in the bag

On October 24, 2017 By

Wells Fargo volunteers from Gilroy to King City convened at Community FoodBank for a meeting this week, followed by some seriously fun volunteer time. The gang packed kid-friendly snacks and breakfasts for FoodBank’s backpack bag program. Working with Hollister Elementary School District, FoodBank endeavors to reach elementary school students who might not have enough to […]

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