Calpine Contributes $10,000 to Food Bank

Power Plant Company Responds to Supervisor Glover’s Request

In a time of need, Calpine donates $10,000 to Food Bank Calpine acted on Supervisor Federal Glover’s appeal for donations to the Contra Costa Food Bank during these tough economic times.

“Calpine, as a member of the East County community is always generous when it comes to helping our residents,” said Glover. “Calpine is a prime example of a responsible business giving back to the community it serves.”

He points out that the energy producer, which has a plant in Pittsburg, also pays for the supervisor’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Last year, the supervisor was able to give away 600 free turkeys through the courtesy of Calpine.

Calpine officials will hand over the $10,000 check to Supervisor Glover at the food bank headquarters in Concord on Wednesday (Jan. 5) at 1 p.m.

Supervisor Glover wrote in an oped last month in another newspaper about the food drive and competition between Contra Costa and Solano county employees to raise funds for the food bank. In the column, he wrote: “Our Food Bank has clearly seen the impact of the recession …Over 89,000 Contra Costa residents a month must now use the Food Bank — an increase of 63 percent in 3 years, and 28 percent of those being helped are children.”

Several years ago, Solano and Contra Costa counties entered into an annual competition called, “County Cares Food Fight” in which each county’s workers try to outdo each other by raising money for the food bank. The supervisor’s office and other departments also compete among themselves to see which office can raise the most funds.

“In the end, the competition benefits the food bank so they can continue to distribute groceries to the needy,” said Glover. “We’re grateful to Calpine for stepping up to the plate once again.”

For more information, contact Supervisor Glover’s office at 925-427-8138 or  Lisa Sherrill of the Food Bank at 925-676-7543.

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