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Expanding Food Bank Service Capabilities in Contra Costa/Solano and Beyond

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross toured the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties in Fairfield today. Joel Sjostrom (foreground), the food bank’s president and CEO, invited Secretary to get a closer look at their new warehouse facility – the largest expansion in their history – featuring a brand new, 104,000 sq. ft. building. Sjoestrom conducted the tour along with Operations Director Hisham Hamdy (second from right) and Steve Brazeel (left), founder of SunTerra Produce, a longtime donor. They have just completed work on the 8600 sq. ft. cold box (704 pallet positions) that will enable them to triple their produce, dairy, and protein inventory. The site serves half a million clients a month between the two counties as well as 16 other counties across Northern California.
Food Bank Operations Director Hisham Hamdy talks distribution with Secretary Ross
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