Helping Residents of Vallejo and Surrounding Areas Feed Their Families
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
When Benjamin (a former professional basketball player) and Mary Ann Buggs first moved to Vallejo, they drove around the area to familiarize themselves with their new home. In that moment, based on what they saw – the housing crisis, the Mare Island closure, Vallejo’s budget crisis – Benjamin decided that “God’s telling me to feed these people.”
Together they started Faith Food Fridays in 2011, a community outreach ministry of Faith Bible Church of Vallejo (901 Solano Ave.). With assistance from?Safeway, Grocery Outlet, and the Church, and donations from the community, they are able to provide free banana boxes full of food and groceries (fresh and non-perishable) every?Tuesday from 11am-2pm, and Friday from 2-5pm, plus clothing, shoes, small household items, bedding, books, pet items, and toys for children. They average 300 boxes of food per week. Last year alone, Faith Food Fridays served 36,229 individuals.
According to Benjamin, the program’s director, and Mary Ann, “Our mission is to help our Vallejo area neighbors in need with not only free food boxes and clothing, but resource referrals and positive encouragement.”
At any one time, there are between 600-800 homeless people just in the Vallejo area alone. Unlike other pantries, Faith Food Fridays doesn’t care who you are or where you came from. You don’t need identification or proof of residence. Everyone is welcome, greeted with a smile and a helping hand – homeless, working poor, people with only part time jobs, students, families, and veterans.
The goal is to help people in Vallejo and the surrounding areas (from Sacramento to Oakland), to become productive members of society, or simply to provide them with basic needs: food and clothing.
There are other services available at Faith Food Fridays, including free men’s and boys haircuts (last Friday of each month), free flu shots a few times a year, and a speaker series. Call Faith Food Fridays for further information.
If you have a heart to help, volunteer opportunities are available Mondays through Fridays: (and sometimes special events on the
weekends): Mondays 9:00am-3:00pm (prepping for Tuesday distribution), Tuesdays from 9am-2pm (distribution from 11am-2pm), Wednesdays 9:00a-3:00pm, Thursdays 8:30am-5:00pm (Food Bank pick up and prep for Friday distribution), and Fridays 2:00pm-5:00pm (distribution from 2pm-5pm). Please join us for whatever your schedule allows or call us at (707) 557-7933 for more info!
– Joye Ogrodowski
826 Solano Ave., Vallejo | 707.557.7933
www.faithfoodfridays.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin & Mary Ann Buggs
You can now apply for Food Stamps at Faith Food Fridays!
“For those in need, we are here for you.”