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SLO Food Bank

Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Get Help with Food Assistance

The Food Bank Coalition distributes food directly to people in need through the following programs:

CalFresh/ Food Stamps

A nutrition assistance program that allows low income families to purchase nutritious and healthy food. The Food Bank Coalition offers pre-screenings and application assistance so that families no longer have to choose between purchasing food to eat and paying for basic life necessities. Spanish speaking assistance is available.

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

Provides a bag of non-perishables along with nutritious produce to qualified individuals and families at our county-wide distribution sites.

Food for Children

Known as "BackPack Snack Pack", low income children under the age of 18, receive free nutritious snacks every day in after school programs to aid in their learning process.

Harvest Bag

Originated out of the tradition of gleaning. Weekly county-wide distributions serve over 9,600 families based out of our Oceano warehouse. 

Healthy Food For Local Families

In a partnership with county schools, qualified families are able to receive food assistance, nutrition education and other resources at 13 sites throughout the county.

Lovin' Lunchbox (SFSP)

A collaboration with Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP) and agencies that serve children, we provide nutritious meals during the summer months to children who receive free and reduced lunch during the school year. 

Senior Brown Bag

Seniors on a fixed income receive food assistance twice a month at sites throughout the county. 

Agency Distributions

Need food immediately or a hot meal? Find resources near you. 

Our Agency Partners

We also collaborate with other non-profit agencies; such as emergency food pantries, recovery programs, shelters, after school programs, and other local non-profits that work with people in need.


Unites farmers, community volunteers, backyard gardeners, health advocates and food providers to harvest and donate excess produce into our local food system.

Additional Resources

Department of Social Services
San Luis Obispo: 3433 S. Higuera St. (805) 781-1600
Arroyo Grande: 1086 E. Grand Ave. (805) 474-2000
Atascadero: 9415 El Camino Real (805) 461-6000
Nipomo: 681 W. Teft St. Ste. 1 (805) 931-1800
Paso Robles: 406 Spring St. (805) 237-3110

211 is the national, toll free phone number to call for information about local health and social services. It enables people to find out about vital resources in their community quickly and easily. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

Federal Women, Infants and Children Program, provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding/non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.