The mission of the Food Bank Coalition is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.
The Vision of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County is that every person in the county has adequate access to nutritious food.
Every human being has the right to nutritious food, regardless of the reasons that they may not be able to obtain it for themselves.
The Food Bank’s intent is not only to help make nutritious food available through our programs and agencies, but also to encourage and support each person we serve, recognizing their possible vulnerabilities and sensitivities.
Everyone the Food Bank serves, whether individuals, families, or agencies deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, and dignity.
It is our privilege to serve without judgment.
The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo states within its values statement that “every human being has the right to nutritious food…” The purpose of the Nutrition Policy is to define what nutritious foods are and to establish guidelines for distribution of those foods. This Policy was developed using data from the 2012 Hunger Free Communities Survey conducted in conjunction with Cal Poly STRIDE as well as other information disseminated by various Health and Nutrition Organizations. To read our Nutrition Policy click here.
The video below is an excellent illustration of how charitable food assistance organizations like Food Banks work.
Frequently Asked Questions
How was the Food Bank Coalition started?
It was organized in 1988 and officially started as a legal non-profit in January of 1989 by local citizens, many of them from local churches who had been part of the founding of Loaves and Fishes.
Who started the Food Bank Coalition?
It was a community effort to bring to San Luis Obispo County a badly needed ability to efficiently coordinate efforts to rescue and provide as well as educate the public about hunger needs in the county. This was at a time when food banks were popping up around the country as a new level of meeting the challenge of hunger through greater cooperation and coordination.
Why was the Food Bank started?
Beginning with the city of Paso Robles, where it was founded, the Food Bank was started in order to increase the capacity of our county to:
Access and distribute USDA commodities from the federal government on a countywide basis
Network with other food banks who were members of Feeding America in order to increase our capacity in resourcing food
Provide free or low-cost food to other non-profits, including church pantries and other organizations with outreach to low-income persons.