Children’s Emergency Council
The Children’s Emergency Council began operation in 1966. The founders came from The Dublin Junior Women’s Club, Valley Christian Church, Murray Elementary School, Nielsen Elementary School and John Knox Presbyterian Church. Some early participants included; Joan Judd, Virginia Woy, Carol Lopez, Donna Miller, Arlene Dow and Berna Linneman.
In the beginning, volunteers gathered and distributed food baskets at Christmas. This tradition continues today with clients receiving two large boxes of food plus a frozen turkey, or two frozen chickens. This has become a big event with volunteers from the organizations mentioned above plus members of a large number of Boy and Girl Scout Troops and several local area schools. Each year over 120 families are served. Additional distributions are made to families through the Dublin Unified School District, City Serve of the Tri-Valley and the Dublin YMCA.
During the 1970’s the Children’s Emergency Council was incorporated and received tax exempt status as a 501c3 organization. The name changed in 2009 to the Children’s Emergency Food Bank. Since 1969 the Food Bank has distributed food to clients Monday through Friday. Clients call our answering service requesting food. The service then calls our volunteer who contacts the client, discusses our eligibility requirements, and sets an appointment for a food distribution.
There has always been and continues to be a large group of dedicated volunteers who make this ministry possible. Our thanks go out to all of them. We have no paid staff. We rely on contributions from individuals and corporations and are not supported by Contra Costa or Alameda Counties.