December 19, 2013 
Holiday Drive for Our Local Food Bank 
Join me in helping those in our community without enough food 
It's startling to learn than at least one in four Contra Costa residents struggle with hunger, and many have to choose between food and housing. On top of this, food stamp recipients are seeing a 5% decline in their allotment due to Federal budget reductions. More cuts are on the table.

At this time of the year, marked by feasts and treats, it's easy to forget that there are people in our community without adequate food. I hope you'll join me in helping them through a donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Every year, Contra Costa County employees participate in an annual Holiday Food Fight, a good-hearted competition among county departments, and among the five County Supervisors to raise money for the food bank. We also compete against Solano County employees to see which county can raise more money for the food bank.  Friends, family, and community members join in. This drive has raised more than a million dollars since it started nine years ago.

You can join the effort by making a contribution to the food bank.

It's easy. Simply go to the food bank website, (, and click on the orange "donate" tab in the middle of the page. Under Food Drive or Special Event, type in Holiday Food Fight. Then, at the bottom of this page where it asks if you have a special purpose for your donation, you can scroll to the Contra Costa Employee Food Fight.  
Of course, you can also contribute on your own!

Helping the hungry truly takes a community effort. Many thanks for doing whatever you can.

For more information, contact James Lyons in my office at 510-231-8692.
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone  
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