Local food banks helping East Bay families in need

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CONCORD (KRON) — No matter how much time and effort she puts into her work and then family when she gets home, Patricia Castellanos says it’s never enough.

“It’s not enough, you know, whatever we make and work to live,” she said.

Putting food on the table for her 11-year-old and 17-year-old daughter’s is a daily dilemma for single-mother Castellanos.

“We are so proud to have the food bank to help us, she said.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano partners with about 180 non-profit organizations throughout both counties.

During three days a month, food is trucked in at those locations and distributed to low-income families.

“The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano serves one in eight people living in Contra Costa and Solano counties each month,” said Lisa Sherrill, with the food bank.

Castellanos picks her food up from the Ambrose Community Center in Bay Point, where she also works and volunteers. “We always see the need of the people. The, the big lines to get food,” she said.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the items Castellanos values the most.

She says the food bank saves her about $60 a month.

“It’s really good quality,” she said.

Sherrill says some 60 percent of the households served through their programs include children and seniors.

“And, over 60-percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables,” Sherrill said.

“They help me alot, for me and my family and the community,” Castellanos said.

As the summer approaches and school is letting out, fewer families will have access to free or reduced lunch programs .

The food bank could be a resource, if you meet the household size and income requirements.

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