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Check out this video from Hunger Action Day 2012! And join us on Thursday night for our Advocacy Open House -- email knzewi@accfb.org for details.
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Stories from people using food stamps in America: a single dad who pawned his small business to make rent; a couple with low-paying, temporary work that doesn't go far enough; and a mother of two--who works full-time screening others for SNAP.
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"A lot of political figures think food banks are strong, they can fill the gap, but we can't. There's a limit to how far we can stretch." Read on and see what we'll be thinking about during tomorrow night's State of the Union--and the rest of 2012.
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Take a look at our quick video from Monday's volunteer event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service --- check out what 186 volunteers can do in just three hours.
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Though we were all surprised by yesterday’s release of Gov. Brown's budget proposal, we weren’t surprised by how he proposes to eliminate a $9.2 billion deficit -- more devastating cuts to our safety net. Cuts like these force families to make impossible choices -- rent or food, medicine or a meal.

Our advocates are more important than ever. We need your voice! Sign up now for advocacy alerts -- and +1 if you'll stand with us to protect the most vulnerable Californians.
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41% of food stamp recipients receive a paycheck. Many who don't -- like John Manton in Philadelphia -- are looking for work. Half are children. We must stand strong to protect this vital program from cuts and changes that would devastate our most vulnerable and make lines at food pantries even longer. http://accfb.org/advocacy.html
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Finding the help you need to put food on the table can be confusing, intimidating, frustrating and scary. But we're here to help. If you live in Alameda County, your friends at the Food Bank can help you navigate this process! Call 800-870-3663.
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In 2011, more than 45 million people - about one in seven Americans - received benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the most ever. Fewer than 31 million people collected the benefits about three years earlier. "It's either that or I die," said Christopher Jenks, who grew up in a white, middle-class family and lost his job in the recession. "I want a job. So do a lot of other Americans that have been caught up in this tragedy."
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The Food Bank was honored to receive a special visit on January 12 from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The Congresswoman — who represents California’s 9th district and chairs the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus — sat down with Executive Director Suzan Bateson, Board President Mike Moye and members of our Advocacy Team for a productive conversation about combating hunger in our community. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Congresswoman Lee and her staff for making the issues of hunger and poverty priorities – and for being forceful advocates for our cause on Capitol Hill.
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"Cooking at home is still much cheaper than eating out, but the higher costs still sting, particularly when the items with the biggest price increases are the budget picks for lean times. Ground beef prices rose 10 percent, and pork prices were almost 7 percent above a year ago. Eggs were up 10 percent."

Imagine the impact on a family already facing a choice between rent and food. We saw a 10% increase in Emergency Food Helpline calls in 2010. This is just one factor.
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Feeding 1 in 6 in Alameda County -- Berkeley to Fremont, Oakland to Livermore
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The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985 ... with a vision toward a day when we can go out of business. We are the hub of a vast collection and distribution network that provides food for 275 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2010, the Food Bank distributed 20.1 million pounds of food – 52% of it fresh fruits and vegetables.

Since moving into our permanent facility near the Oakland Airport in 2005 and leading the national food bank movement for a ban on the distribution of carbonated beverages, the Food Bank has ramped up distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables by 845%.