About Hunger

Hunger Free Communities Grant

The Food Bank applied through the USDA for a Hunger Free Communities Grant to help us access more local produce to feed our local food insecure persons and families. Only nine of these grants were issued in 2011 throughout the United States. The USDA responded by offering a Planning Grant that would allow us to:

  1. Conduct research necessary to utilize local produce effectively, support local agriculture, and understand hunger better in our county;
  2. Form an ongoing Food Policy Council which we are calling the SLO County Food System Coalition, to continue to monitor food needs in the county and help plan strategically for the future; and
  3. Develop a plan to fight hunger in SLO County, which is now completed and called Paradox of Plenty (PDF).

SLO County Food System Coalition

The San Luis Obispo Food System Coalition is a collaborative organization bringing together stakeholders from broad and often conflicting perspectives for the purpose of discovering shared interests, common goals, and mutually agreed action plans that serve the common good and provide for low-income persons who do not have access on a regular basis to nutritious food. To learn more click here.

If you belong to an organization that you believe should be represented in the Food System Coalition, please contact us. Meetings are held quarterly, with the Administrative Committee meeting one additional time each quarter and work groups based upon our goals meeting as necessary.

Hunger in San Luis Obispo County

There are 46,000 San Luis Obispo County residents who struggle with hunger and unfortunately the majority are those who are most vulnerable: children and seniors.

Hunger in California

Hard choices must be made between buying food and meeting such basic needs as housing, medicine, transportation, or childcare. Food insecurity disproportionately affects children and seniors. While the impact of hunger is not always obvious, its effects are present in nearly all of our communities and classrooms.

Hunger in America

Hunger Has a Cure

Join the Food Bank in our mission to alleviate hunger by giving food, funds or time. No matter how you choose to get involved, your efforts make an impact. Everyone can do something to fight hunger in our community. Visit our Ways to Give page to learn how you can help.


*Food insecure: At times during the year, households are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food.

Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.

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