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34th annual Blackhawk Food Drive

Benefitting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano 

December 7, 8 and 9, 2021 

Virtual Food Drive 

The needs of our communities have increased dramatically in terms of both the number of people going to the Food Bank for help and how much food is needed. Both of these metrics are up from last year. The Food Bank is servicing 80,000 more people per month than last year for a total of 260,000 /month. It is also giving “kitchen-free” boxes to those impacted by the devastating fires. These boxes require no cooking and contain food that is ready to consume. So far 12,000 boxes have been provided to those in need. The Food Bank also partners with 260 local non-profits to provide food to those in need. 

In 2020 Blackhawk had our first ever “Virtual Food Drive” due to COVID. Just over $15,000 was donated by the residents of all Blackhawk communities. We will repeat that “Virtual Drive” for 2021. The Food Banks’ buying power is remarkable. It is able to purchase fruits and vegetables for $0.12/lb. and can provide 2 meals for every $1.00 in donations. Shelf stable items like canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, pasta, applesauce, cereal, canned corn, milk and canned peaches were the most common items purchased in 2021 to date. 

The Virtual Food Drive page will open on Tuesday, December 7 at 6am and close Thursday, December 9 at 5pm. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity Blackhawk! 

By Jayne Tizzano, Chairwoman, Blackhawk Food Drive