Solano County

Food bank warns residents of donation calls

By From page A5 | January 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano says that phone calls from a so-called Northwest Food Bank asking for donations has nothing to do with the local operation.

Local food bank officials said they’ve had reports of the solicitation calls from residents in both Solano and Contra Costa counties, including in Fairfield. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is not soliciting donations by phone.

There is a Northwest Harvest food bank in Seattle. It released a statement saying that it, too, has received reports of unwanted phone calls. It doesn’t make phone solicitations, the statement said.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Operations Director Hisham Hamdy received two of the calls at home. He said it is an automated call that asks people who want to donate to enter a certain number. He didn’t take that step and didn’t know how the donation would be made. The caller identification showed the call originating from Washington, he said.

The food bank’s Fairfield office received one of the Northwest Food Bank donation calls, Hamdy said. Some people have called the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to complain of getting calls between 1  and 5 a.m., he said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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