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SEPTEMBER 2015


WE HAVE A WINNER !

Raffle Winner 2015

The lucky winner of our 2015 BREAKFAST CLUB RAFFLE is Claudette Dunn.  Claudette will enjoy Breakfast-for-Two from 12 wonderful local restaurants over the next 12 months.  The restaurants include: Cafe 1, Little River Inn, Mendocino Hotel, Dolphin Isle Cafe, Homestyle, Headlands Coffeehouse, Cucina Verona, Eggheads, Laurel Deli, David's, Flow Restaurant and MacCallum House.



AUGUST 2015

We received an new electric pallet jack funded by a Community Development Block Grant with the help of the City of Fort Bragg.  The pallet jack will be used in the back of our large truck, to prevent driver injury when moving very heavy pallets of canned goods.



Santa Rosa Junior College Women's Softball Team volunteers at the Food Bank


FOOD BANK ROWING TEAM - ON THE NOYO



19 Montclair Presbyterian Volunteers

Help out at the Fort Bragg Food Bank

Montclair Presbyterian Volunteers


2015

Welcome New Employees

Ian Martin, Theresa Kleckner, Debby Nicolson

New Employee - Ian Martin

Welcome new employees, Theresa Kleckner and Debby Nicolson

 

AUGUST 2014

2014 Spirit of America Concert - Aug 29

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We had a wonderful time!

Thank you to: The 1st Presbyterian Church, Mervin Gilbert, Steve Worthen, The Acafellas, The New Four, In the Mix, The Mendocino Coast Brass Ensemble, Starbucks and many more!!!

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SEPTEMBER 2014

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Heather Baxman won the 

2014 Breakfast Club Raffle

Heather Baxman wins Breakfast Club RaffleBreakfasts donated by: Cafe One, Little River Inn, Mendocino Hotel, Cucina Verona, JJ's Family Dining, Sandpiper House, Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe, David's, Eggheads, Laurel Deli & Desserts, Flow, Headlands Coffeehouse and MacCallum House.





THREE NEW DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS FOR CSFP MONTHLY SENIOR BOXES

We have added three locations where eligible seniors may pick up 

their monthly Senior Box of food: 

  • Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg 964-0443
  • Gualala Food Pantry 884-4330
  • Anderson Valley Food Pantry 895-2609



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LETTER CARRIERS' FOOD DRIVE NETS OVER A TON OF FOOD

Letter Carriers Food Drive 2014

Food Bank staff and volunteers unload food from the Letter Carrier's Food Drive


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MARCH 2014

MENDOCINO COAST FROLF CLUB  DONATES OVER $2,000

Frisbee Golf Donation

Derrick Robbings delivers the proceeds of the 5th Annual Cary Letsinger Memorial Fort Bragg Frisbee Ice-Bowl


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DECEMBER 2013

SEASON OF SHARING

The Season of Sharing annual appeal spearheaded by Sharon DiMauro of the Fort Bragg Advocate News and sponsored by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County brought in $20,665 this year.  Needless to say this is a hugely significant donation to the Food Bank for which we are tremendously grateful.


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REDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

HOLDS FOOD DRIVE

Redwood Elementary Food Drive 2013

Lundy Erickson's 2nd Grade Class Spearheaded the Drive which has brought the Food Bank over 700 lbs of food so far


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OCTOBER 2013

TURKEY CHALLENGE 2013

Turkey Challenge 2013 is off to a great start !  We have $5,000 in matching funds provided the following local businesses:

Savings Bank of Mendocino County

Mendocino Solar Service

Mendocino Coast European Auto

Team Insurance and Financial Services

Paul & Barbara Clark:  Century-21

These generous businesses will match your donations of $200 or more.  The proceeds of this annual campaign will be used to buy turkeys with all the fixin's for a Delicious & Nutritous Holiday Meal for Food Bank client families.

 

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2nd Annual Soup & Chili Cook-Off

Winners

Cook-Off Video

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General Category1st Place Soup, Ginabelle Smith - Smoked Salmon Chowder;   2nd Place Soup, Betty Stechmeyer - Mint, Spice & Blackberry Soup1st Place Chili, Bob Toy;   2nd Place Chili: Jessie Morris.

Professional Category1st Place Soup, Living Light - Creamy Corn Chowder;   2nd Place Soup, Little River Inn - Shrimp Bisque;   1st Place Chili: Ravens  Restaurant

Best Decorated TableLittle River Inn

 

SEPTEMBER  2013

COOK-OFF LINE-UP

We're getting some fabulous entries for our 2nd Annual SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF (Oct 19).  In the professional category, so far, we have:  returning 2012 1st & 2nd place winners in the soup category, Living Light and Little River Inn as well as Wild Fish, and Raven's.  Wow!  My mouth is already watering.  In the non-professional category we have 1st & 2nd place winners in the chili category, Josh Richardson of Edward Jones and the Savings Bank, Fort Bragg Branch.  Also entering are Claudelle Zack, Betty Stechmeyer, Carol Millsap of State Farm Insurance, Brenda Barrett of Coast Pack & Ship, Marty Johnson, and James Warren - with new entries every day! 

 

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STAFF NEWS

THE GOOD NEWS:

We welcome our new long-distance truck driver, Felicia Molina!  Felicia has experience in driving a large truck like our new Freightliner so she's taking to the job like a duck to water.   We also were re-joined by returning employee Sarah Naples in June.

Welcome aboard, Sarah and  Felicia!

 

and THE SAD NEWS:

We said good-bye to two wonderful staff members this summer:  Hilary Miller, administrative assistant extraordinaire,  retired after 5 years of employment preceded by a couple of years of volunteering.  Joe Odegaard, our wonderful long-distance truck driver left for more lucrative employment in architectural engineering.  We also lost Volunteer/Client Coordinator Amanda Frisica in June.

These excellent staff members will be greatly missed !

 

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

Barbara Knapp is the lucky winner of our 1st Annual Breakfast Club Raffle !  Over the next year, she will enjoy Breakfast-for-Two donated by the following twelve local restaurants:  Cafe 1, David's, Eggheads, Headlands Coffeehouse, Home Style Cafe, JJ's Family Dining, Laurel Deli & Desserts, Little River Inn, MacCallum House, Mendocino Hotel Garden Cafe, Queenies Roadhouse Cafe, and Sportsman's Dock Restaurant.  Bon Appetit, Barbara!

 

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JULY 2013

SPIRIT OF AMERICA CONCERT - Lots of Fun!

Dan Fowler, Food Bank president, directs members of Acafellas, In the Mix and Four in a Chord plus LIndy Peters in a rousing rendition of This Land Is Your Land.


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MAY 2013

 

LOCAL RESTAURANTS HELP THE FOOD BANK

Twelve local restaurants have donated gift certificates for Breakfast for Two for our brand new Breakfast Club Raffle.  A big thank you to:  Cafe 1,  David's,  Eggheads,  Headlands Coffeehouse,  Home Style Cafe,  Laurel Deli,  Little River Inn,  MacCallum House,  Mendocino Hotel Garden Cafe,  Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe,  Sportsman's Dock Retaurant  and JJ's Family Dining.

 

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APRIL 2013

IT'S IN THE BAG at HARVEST MARKET

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This is very cool!  Just when you couldn’t think of another way Harvest Market could find to support our Food Bank!   At the checkout register you have the opportunity to donate your 10 cent credit for using a re-useable bag (or the 10 cents you pay for a large paper bag) to one of four local good causes, including the Food Bank.  Your checker will give you a wooden token that you take to the Customer Service counter and place in the box of the charity of your choice.

 

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HARVEST MARKET DONATES A TRUCK !

Left to right:  From Food Bank:  Jim DiMauro warehouse manager, Dan Fowler board president, Thom Adams board VP/Secretary.  From H...

Pictured left to right,  from the Food Bank: warehouse manager Jim DiMauro, board president Dan Fowler, and board vice president/secretary Thom Adams;  from Harvest Market: Tom Honer, Jennifer Bosma and Tim Bosma.

WOW!  The Fort Bragg Food Bank was thrilled to receive a 2005 Isuzu truck generously donated by Harvest Market.  The truck is in excellent condition with low mileage and will serve the Food Bank and the community for many years to come.   Replacing the Food Bank’s last remaining old worn-out vehicle, it will be used daily to pick up donated food from local stores, including Harvest Market, as well as to deliver food to small remote food pantries county-wide. 


THANK YOU HARVEST MARKET !

 

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 FEBRUARY 2013

 

THE FRISBEE ICE-BOWL

Donates $1,600 and 250 lbs of Food

This was the 4th year of this fun and fabulous event. 

Every year they have generously donated the proceeds to the Fort Bragg Food Bank !!!

 

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DECEMBER 2012

 

UMPQUA BANK DONATES $5,000 !!!

 

 

WESTPORT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HELPS OUT

Every year the Westport Volunteer Fire Department takes it upon themselves to pick up Holiday Food Bags (including a turkey) for Food Bank clien...

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas the Westport Volunteer Fire Department picks up Holiday Food Bags from the Food Bank and delivers them to Food Bank clients living in Westport and Rockport, saving these folks the time and expense of a trip into Fort Bragg.   Pictured here is Fire Captain Frank Maurice.   He and Captain Dan Maxey led this generous effort on behalf of their community.

 

NOVEMBER 2012

 

KEY CLUB MEMBERS HELP OUT

 

SPARTAN 4-H CLUB DONATES 365 LBS OF FOOD

 

OCTOBER 2012

 

FOOD BANK HOLDS FIRST EVER SOUP & CHILI COOKOFF 

Carol made an cool and refreshing strawberry bisque - delicious!  It was a nice chaser to some of the fiery chilis!

Carol Millsap of State Farm with her Fabulous Strawberry Bisque

 

JULY 2012

 

ONE LOVE SOCCER KIDS VISIT THE FOOD BANK

One Love Soccer Kids help fill grocery bags with food for Food Bank clients.

After taking a tour of the Food Bank, One Love Soccer kids help fill bags with food for Food Bank clients.

 

JUNE 2012 

 

LONG TIME COMIN'

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NEW TRUCK ARRIVES:  After years of planning and saving we were finally able to replace our old refrigerated truck which we out-grew and which needed expensive repairs.  This new 2013 Freightliner will serve our community well for many years to come.  Many thanks to all who contributed to the purchase of our new truck.

 

MAY 2012

 

WELCOME LIAM  !

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We are delighted to welcome to this world Liam James Friscia, son of Amanda Friscia, our Client-Volunteer Coordinator, and her husband Jason.  Pictured here are Big Sister Sienna, Amanda and Baby Liam.

 

NEW MURAL FOR THE FOOD BANK

Benjamin Abell Creates a Mural for the Food Bank

Benjamin Abell of Bones Graphics donated his time and considerable talent to create a wonderful new mural for the client waiting room at the Food Bank.  Paint donated by Racine's and plywood by Rossi's.

 

SHEER GENIUS!

Jill Lydick holding her homemade T-shirt bags,

We've been concerned about what the upcoming ban on plastic bags will do to our supply of recycled grocery bags.  Well, now we have a solution.  We were delighted when Jill Lydick walked in the door with a stack of shopping bags she made out of old T-shirts.  Not only are they sturdy and useful, but they're downright fun!  Now your favorite T-shirts from road trips and rock concerts of yore can live again!  We can't wait to start handing these out to clients.  If you have old T-shirts you'd like to donate to the cause, bring 'em on down to the Food Bank and we'll pass 'em on to Jill to be turned in to bags.

 

KIDS BIRTHDAY BAGS FROM SOROPTIMISTS

Thank you so much to the local Soroptimists, International groups who have been providing, for several years now, wonderful Birthday Bags for Food Bank kids on their birthdays.  The kids just love this!

 

MILK FOR TOTS

We are most fortunate to have received a grant for $8,200 from First5 Mendocino to buy milk for families of young children.

 

 

APRIL 2012

 

THE FOOD BANK WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER, AMANDA DURIGAN! 

 

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NEW PRODUCE RACK FROM CHAMBERLAIN CREEK

A big thank you to the men of CalFire Chamberlain Creek Cabinet Shop for making a wonderful new produce rack for the Food Bank !

 

 

MARCH 2012

 

JAMES BARKER, A MEMBER OF THE FOOD BANK FAMILY

We are deeply saddened by the passing of James Barker, a valuable Food Bank volunteer.  James faithfully tended the vegetables and fruits on our produce rack.

 

FEBRUARY 2012

 

FOOD BANK HOSTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER

Warehouse Mangager, Jim DiMauro, answers questions from Chamber members about our food supplies.

 

DECEMBER 2011

 

WELLS FARGO DONATES $4,000 TOWARD A NEW TRUCK

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Wells Fargo Bank made a generous donation to be used toward the purchase of a much needed new delivery truck for the Food Bank in 2012.  Alta Moore of Wells Fargo presents a check to Dan Fowler, Food Bank Board President.  Also present from the Food Bank are (left to right) board members: Thom Adams, Ginnie Claus and Glendie Johnson; and Executive Director, Nancy Severy.

 

NEW GENERATOR THROUGH CDBG GRANT INSTALLED!

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And ain't she a beaut !

 

 

SAVINGS BANK EMPLOYEES HELP THE FOOD BANK

Employees of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County held aHoliday Bake-off with the proceeds going to the Fort Bragg Food Bank.  The bank its...

Employees of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County held a Holiday Bake-Off with the proceeds (matched by the bank, itself) going to the Fort Bragg Food Bank.  Pictured are Ericha Heinsohn-Sevy, Mendocino Branch Manager; Nancy Severy Executive Director- Fort Bragg Food Bank; Ginnie Claus, Fort Bragg Branch Manager, and Jennifer Clark, Bake-off winner - Fort Bragg Branch employee.  Thank You Savings Bank!

 

 

NOVEMBER 2011 

 

736 LOCAL FAMILIES RECEIVE A THANKSGIVING TURKEY WITH FIXIN'S

With the help of our generous community we distributed 736 turkeys plus the fixin's for a complete holiday meal to 736 Food Bank client families.  Smiles and good cheer abounded on our holiday distribution days.  Now.... we're getting ready for the Christmas holiday!

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Fort Bragg High School Key Club members bag tangerines for the Food Bank Thanksgiving Distribtution

 

 

NEW  WALK-IN FREEZER INSTALLED

This new freezer has 85% more capacity than our old, less efficient freezer.  With this extra space we'll be able to secure larger quantities of frozen meat and other foods for our clients.  The freezer was purchased with a CDBG grant which we received through the help of the City of Fort Bragg.  North Coast Refrigeration did a great job on the installation.

 

NEW PRODUCE SORTING AREA SHELTER IS COMPLETE

With a matching grant from the USDA Rural Development Agency, we just completed constrution on a sheltering roof for our produce sorting area.&n...

With a matching grant from the USDA Rural Development agency we just completed a shelter over our outside produce sorting area.  This will protect our volunteers from the elements as they sort through donated salvage produce.  The excellent work was done by Rosenthal Construction.

 

JULY 2011 

WE WELCOME ABOARD THREE NEW EMPLOYEES!

Jim DiMauro, Warehouse Manager!! (left)

Doug Duncan, Driver/Warehouseman!! (center)

Holly Hawkins, Assistant Volunteer/Client Coordinator!! (right)

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BOARD MEMBER!

Kristen Carr

Kristen's expertise is in fundraising events.

 

GOOD BYE AND BEST WISHES TO LANCE NELSON

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to Lance Nelson, our Warehouse Supervisor extraordinaire of the past five years.  Lance and his daughter, Mary, are moving to Washington State to be closer to family.  We wish Lance well and hope he keeps in touch. 

 

MAY 2011

FOOD BANK RECEIVES DONATED FORKLIFT

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Food Bank staff were thrilled to receive a forklift donated by Food Bank benefactor, Betty Stechmeyer.  The driver who delivered the used, in excellent condition, American-made Hyster forklift commented he had never before seen any group so excited to receive a forklift. 

 US POSTAL LETTER CARRIERS STAMP OUT HUNGER

Unloading donated food from the US Postal Service Letter Carriers Stamp Our Hunger food drive.

This year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, by the National Association of Letter Carriers, was a big success.  Your very own local mail carriers picked up over 2,000 pounds of food left by by generous Fort Bragg residents next to their mailboxes on Saturday.  After unloading a truck full of much-needed food, we realize the amount of extra effort made by our mail carriers to help their friends and neighbors in need!

 

APRIL 2011

JEAN JONES, the Heart and Soul of the Food Bank for many years, passed away early Easter morning.   Jean who retired in 2009, touched the hearts of many during her years at the Food Bank.  Her passing will be mourned by clients, volunteers and staff alike.  We love you Jean!

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Langley of the Chico Gleaners brings us surplus produce and bread from the central valley.  Here, Fort Bragg Food Bank volunteers hel...

WE RECEIVE GLEANED ORANGES FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY

Frank Langley of the Chico Gleaners has been bringing us surplus bread and gleaned produce  from the central valley.  Frank and his wife Peggy have taken it upon themselves to be sure that this valuable food does not go to waste.

 

 

 

 

MARCH 2011

 

FUNDING FROM THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT

We are fortunate and most grateful to have received an award of $7,500 from the California Endowment.  

 

BELOVED VOLUNTEER MARIE RUSERT PASSES

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our "Egg Lady", Marie Rusert.  Marie, whose preferred task was washing and repackaging donated eggs, volunteered up until age 94.  She will be dearly missed.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2011

 

SECOND ANNUAL ICE BOWL CHARITY DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS FOOD BANK

The Mendocino Coast Frolf Club held its Second Annual Cary Letsinger Memorial "Ice Bowl" Charity Disc Golf Tournament on Feb. 12th at the Fort Bragg College of the Redwoods.  Friend and fellow disc golfer, Cary Letsinger passed away five days before the event last year. He was the main fundraiser and the event could not have been as successful without his work.  Derrick Robbings, of the Frolf Club said ”We all knew that Cary would have wanted the event to go on.”  This year thirty seven people showed up to play, and  A.J Buhl, Derrick Robbings, and the whole Mendocino Coast Frolf Club stepped up to raise $1,434, and 800 pounds of food, all of which was donated to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. 

The Mendocino Coast Frolf club hopes to host the Cary Letsinger Memorial Fort Bragg Ice Bowl Charity Disc Golf Tournament every year. They would like to thank all of the generous sponsors who made this a wonderful event possible again this year. (Last year’s Ice Bowl on can be viewed on youtube under “Fort Bragg Icebowl”. This video was made by MCTV.) 

 

FOOD BANK TRUCK GETS STUCK IN THE SNOW

On our monthly delivery run to Leggett, Laytonville and Covelo food banks, the unexpected happened.  Our truck and driver, Joe, were briefly detained by snow on Highway 1 between Rockport and Leggett!   Joe made it to Leggett and Laytonville that day, but decided Covelo was too much of a gamble.

 

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