FAIRFIELD — Take that, Contra Costa County.
Solano County won the annual “food fight” with its neighbor to the south. Solano County employees during the Christmas season donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at the clip of $10.38 per employee, compared to $9.68 per Contra Costa County employee.
That gave Solano County bragging rights and the “Big Apple” trophy. Food Bank officials presented the trophy – a golden trophy topped by a red apple that remains with the winner until the other county triumphs – at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
“The ‘Big Apple’ will reside in Solano County,” food bank Executive Director Larry Sly said. “The Contra Costa people are wanting to get it back next year.”
But the big winners of the contest were the needy served by the food bank. The two county governments raised $93,439, with $24,990 coming from Solano and $68,449 from Contra Costa. The competition is done on a per-capita basis because Contra Costa County has far more employees.
About 43,000 Solano County residents each month get served by the food bank. This compares to 30,000 residents in 2007, before the Great Recession began.
“The need is really great,” Sly said.
The two counties have held the annual food fight since 2004.
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