Rebuild Together Solano County (RTSC) has re-opened their food distribution program at CPC. The program, whose primary goal is to serve low-income seniors, military, and families, began on May 20, 2019 and successfully served 70 plus families and individuals on Wednesday and Thursday. RTSC volunteers wore masks and gloves and worked by observing social distancing. Food was delivered to the cars of our clients. Most of the food is donated by Costco, with supplemental purchases thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo Bank. Click here to learn more.
- Grocery bags
- Ziploc bags (quart or gallon size)
Items can be dropped off at the church at the following times when people are at the church building:
Mondays 10:00 am - NOON
Wednesdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am
RTSC is providing a once-a-month food box to any families who have
children attending Steffan Manor Elementary. These boxes include meat, dairy and vegetables.
Rebuilding Together Solano County continues to serve low income Veterans, people with disabilities and citizens of Vallejo and Solano County. The Food Bank of Solano County is now partnering with RTSC to donate food each week (sometimes over 1,200 pounds each week) that we include in the giveaway. In addition, Costco continues to donate food twice a week. Food distribution occurs each Wednesday and Thursday out of the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot and fellowship hall.
To learn more bout RTSC and Community Presbyterian Church continue reading below.
As COVID 19 has been very challenging to everyone, RTSC food pantry has expanded to help meet the growing needs in our community. The number of food pantry clients per month has risen from 150 (pre-COVID-19) to more than 1,200 households as well as the amount of food distributed has increased from 500 lbs to 12,000 lbs per week.
Out of COVID-19 concerns for both our food volunteers and food clients our food Pantry was closed from March 15th to May 15th, 2020. Then, following new COVID-19 protocols from the CDC, Food Bank and RT National, RTSC re-established the weekly food distribution at CPC on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Costco, who donates food was not donating enough food so we now get food from the Food Bank on Mondays and Tuesdays to meet the rising needs.
In addition, RTSC noticed that the food insecurity was so great in Solano County due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent job loss. As such, RTSC expanded our food pantry distributions to 30 homebound seniors and 11 additional mobile sites. This includes:
- Steffan Manor Elementary (5 times a month)
- Carquinez Highland Mobile Homes
- Olympia Mobile Home Park
- Vallejo Broadway Mobile Homes
- Vallejo Mobile Home Estates
Fairfield Mobile Home Parks:
- Casa Nova Mobile Home Park
- Country Club Mobile Home Park
- Dover Mobile Home Park
- Fairfield RV and Mobile Home Park
CPC has been integral in this partnership both with volunteers and building space.
I wanted to thank each of you that volunteered on MLK 2022 to help Rebuilding Together Solano County (RTSC) organize and clean out space at Vallejo Community Presbyterian Church for our Food Pantry Program. Our accomplishments included:
- Room 6 Clean out (including removal of the carpet and cabinets)
- Room 3 Clean out
- Assembled new rolling cart
- Assembled new food pantry supply cart
- Prep Food Bags for delivery to Vallejo Mobile Home Park
- Debris Hauling
- Transport Food to Vallejo Mobile Home Park (for distribution on 1/18/22)
Special Thanks to RECOLOGY Vallejo for donating the debris box!!!!
MLK 2022 Volunteers included: Kevin Walker, George Yamada, Gloria Standafer, Dave Standafer, Craig Standafer, Ethan Standafer, Lucas Standafer, Bonnie Morgan, Tom Webb, Edie Parsons, Judy Sullivan, Mike Miller, Jeanie Kuta, Elizabeth Hoffman and Dave Hoffman.
Rebuilding Together Solano County (RTSC) and Vallejo Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) were pleased to donate the following to Steffan Manor Elementary School -
RTSC and CPC appreciates the partnership with Steffan Manor Elementary to assist the students and faculty of this school. We look forward to continuing this amazing partnership.
- Children Face Masks (qty: 1,000)
- Adult Face Masks (qty: 15,000)
- Drinking Cups (5 oz / qty: 5,000)
- Monthly Food Program Distribution (the 2nd Wednesday of each month) of 25 lb. non-perishable food boxes and bags of perishable food inc. produce, meats, etc.
Note From Elizabeth:
I wanted to send out a special thank you to each of you who assisted with the RTSC events for Veterans Week 2021.
Here is a recap -
15,000 pounds of food distributed
200 Safe At Home Kits distributed
30 Raley's $25 Grocery Gift Cards
20 Raised Garden Boxes
Thank you again to all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who came out to make our distributions during the week of Veterans Day a huge success and meaningful for our veterans who so graciously served our country.
Each Stay Safe at Home Kit included an Earthquake Tool (to turn off gas/water, pry bar and break glass), Fire Extinguisher, Smoke Alarm, CO Alarm, Flashlight, Nightlight, Gloves, Hand Soap, Face Masks and other safety items.
Corinne Quinn, Hunger Action Advocate for the The Presbytery of the Redwoods wrote a letter which included the following. “We applaud your organizations’ efforts to feed the hungry in your community. The funds for the grant originate with the Two Cents a Meal/Cents-Ability Fund. This Fund is the result of the generous giving by church members of Presbyterian Churches in the Presbytery. We appreciate the church’s long standing participation in the program. May God continue to bless your efforts as you feed the hungry and act at Christ’s hand and feed in the world.”
RTSC Food Pantry Drive-Thru for Veteran, Senior and Disabled residents of Solano County offered a special Easter Perishable Food Box April 1st to the community!
RTSC spent approximately $150 on cleaning supplies and equipment, donating it to help us prepare for hosting the Nomadic Shelter.