Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mission Solano short on food

Mission Solano pantries

A shipping container for food storage remains relatively bare at Mission Solano Community Outreach, July 20, 2014, in Fairfield. (Steve Reczkowski/Daliy Republic)

From page A1 | July 21, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano’s food supply is running low.

The nonprofit that offers meals and shelter for the area’s homeless at its two Fairfield locations is seeking donations during what’s considered the slow season.

“This is the summer slump time for Mission Solano,” said Ron Marlette, executive director.

He said 50 to 60 percent of food comes in donations and the rest is bought from the local food bank and grocery stores.

“When money’s short, it lessens the amount we can buy, and we rely on donated food,” he said.

Mission Solano currently cares for 150 people who get three meals a day, Marlette said. That’s 450 meals per day and doesn’t include the grocery bags that are given away to the area’s impoverished three days a week.

“That’s a lot of meals, that’s a lot of cooking, that’s a lot of feeding,” he said.

When the shelter does its food bag giveaways with Fairfield and Rockville Presbyterian churches, recipients are encouraged to spend their money instead on rent or utility bills, Marlette said.

“So we can help them stay in their apartments,” he said.

Mission Solano has been committed to serving the area’s homeless for 15 years. The Community Outreach Center, 740 Travis Blvd., offers shower facilities and meals, and buses take guests to different churches in the area as part of the nomadic sheltering program. The Bridge to Life Center, 310 Beck Ave., houses homeless veterans, single women, women with children and intact families, and it can potentially house up to 200 people.

“As we move the Bridge to Life Center up to capacity, everthing’s going to grow,” Marlette said.

Mission Solano is about to break ground on a $1 million culinary kitchen at Bridge to Life, Marlette said. The state-of-the-art facility will help provide vocational training in the culinary arts and offer more storage space for large pallets of food that could potentially arrive.

“This time next year, (we’ll be) actually feeding our guests in our commercial kitchen at the Bridge to Life Center,” said Marlette. “It’s going to be fabulous.”

The shelter is accepting donations of non-perishable canned goods such as meat and juice. Marlette said Mission Solano trucks will pick up large amounts of food from local businesses that want to donate.

Community groups that provide a meal at the Community Outreach Center can alleviate the situation as well. Churches and other organizations are welcome to provide a meal to the more than 60 individuals that fill the building every evening.

“We want the churches and the businesses and the civic clubs to be hands on, more involved,” Marlette said. “Once people get hands on . . . they leave their heart there . . . they physically see the lives that they’re changing.”

To donate a bag of canned goods, visit the Community Outreach Center, 740 Travis Blvd. To donate funds, visit For information about hosting a meal at the Community Outreach Center, contact Nick Fisher at [email protected]

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Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • cantfixlazyJuly 21, 2014 - 6:00 am

    You gotta be kidding me there high priced store they have almost robbing folks of there money is running low looks like new people are needed to run a fair program I was pregnant n mission solano did jack squat to help me because I didn't have mental nor substance abuse issues

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  • GinaJuly 21, 2014 - 7:00 am

    I agree, the prices in their thrift center are higher then new prices in the store. That place would do a lot better if they cut prices on items by75%. way to high for second, and third hand used items. the furniture alone is so over priced that I have seen the same items trying to be sold for over a year with no movement. wake up Solano mission and see the only problem is you, not the publics lack of support. you have out priced yourself. ask anyone in Fairfield, your 75% over priced for FREE items given to you.

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  • just sayin'July 21, 2014 - 6:07 am

    Obama told me all this is free and I do not have to work. What ya say that ain't the truth?

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  • mikeJuly 21, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Now they will move on there's nothing left. They ate it all.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 21, 2014 - 7:43 am

    As Johnnie would say "If the cupboard is bare they won't be there." Maybe this experiment is what you've been looking for. People here believe this problem and overwhelming number of homeless needs to go away. Here's your chance to back it up. Fairfield could become the model for taking care of their own first. Maybe the rest of the country and our politicians will catch up. Is that PC? Nope, but it'll probably get the job done.

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  • Sammy JJuly 21, 2014 - 9:33 am

    It's amazing how the Daily Republic a medis source is suppressing comments. My friend has been trying to post this because its how many of us feel but the "news" media seems to want to deny free speech. Scripture has been abused to suppress many people. Slavery and prejudice has been justified using the Bible and Jesus, woman's rights would be denied if left to some. Here is what my friend wrote to CD but I doubt these right winged suppressive people will allow it because it speaks truth in a manner that would cut down on media drama. Please don't mistake God loving and in some instances fearing Christians who believe we are to stand up for ALL SINNERS as Jesus did for the woman in the well with those who would have women bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen against their desire to do more. The KKK abused and still misinterprets or distorts scripture for their own agenda of hate too. Jesus was clear in a few things - Don't Judge, Let the person with NO, Zilch, Zero, Nada sin in their own lives cast the first stone, Love God before other Gods, Love others as you want to be loved and for God's sake worry about the sin in your own darn lives. If society would simply focus on Seeking Peace and Pursuing it and perfecting the aforementioned list we wouldn't have one tenth of the issues we do in this world. I believe Jesus would protect and stand for homosexuals in the same manner He did the woman at the well. I will live my life accordingly. ** What someone else does is a reflection of them, how I react to them or treat others is a reflection of me. This article reflects poorly on Christians everywhere and on a God who loved us enough to pay to cover sin with the blood of His only child."

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  • Tough BreakJuly 21, 2014 - 9:37 am

    The republic isn't allowing any true comments suprised you all were allowed to speak out on their prices or the very greed of Christian organizations that if left to their own devices would have everyone but white men without rights and now they are cheating people with their prices. Great BOOKS those man written Bibles. What happen to the fish and bread?

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  • boomJuly 21, 2014 - 9:48 am

    We're breaking ground on a new million dollar kitchen, but we're running short on food. Greed and the chance to push their religious theology on people with mental issues, who only listen to their sermon to gain a bite to eat. Anybody notice that until we had the mission, the homeless problem was under control?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 21, 2014 - 10:03 am

    There are plenty of homeless folks and certain undesirables that would not stick around if they weren't being fed clothed and housed. The folks doing the feeding, clothing and housing cannot do so without your help. There are a few things you can control this is one of them and very simple. If you want the “problem” to go to Vallejo and Vacaville or points elsewhere stop giving, it will only take a couple of weeks. Voila.

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  • Dexter FowlerJuly 21, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Maybe there will be a break in and the food will be stolen just like the turkeys at Thanksgivng. That worked out well for them!

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  • General Fadi BasemJuly 21, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Perhaps they could spend their last few dollars on bus tickets for their ever-expanding poverty empire clients. San Francisco would be a good welcoming destination.

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  • SickofenablingmoneypitsJuly 21, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Kevin Costner said it best in "Field of Dreams". If you build it, they will come. And come they have from all over the Bay Area. Thank for Fairfield City Council for approving this disaster. And now a million dollar kitchen. How about Ron Marlette do 10 fewer commercials on KUIC and spend that money on food- what the donors intended when they gave in the first place.

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  • MEJuly 21, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    Lower the prices at the mission thrift store. I saw a table and chair set for 200 dollars. For a thrift store that is ridiculous. A pair of jeans was 15 dollars that is also ridiculous at a thrift store. they would still be making money if they lowered the prices they get tons of donations daily. the higher prices keeps customers away. look at the dollar store they make so much money everything there's a dollar.

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