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SLO Food Bank

Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Harvest Bag

Harvest Bag has a rich history of feeding people in need through a dedicated network of volunteers. The program was started in South County by a group of women in 1979. In the early years, these tireless residents gathered leftover produce from local farmers, even harvesting the food themselves when needed. They also solicited food donations from local grocery stores and bakeries as well as contributions of food and monetary donations from local residents. 

The group established a Wednesday morning food giveaway at Soto Field in Arroyo Grande that continues to this day. There, dozens of volunteers pack several hundred bags of food for lines of people who show up each week. 

What do you receive?

Generally, we provide the following types of food:

  • Breads, cereals, canned goods, snack foods, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Each household will receive a bag of shelf stable food items, as well as a bag of healthy produce

How do I qualify?

1. Must attend the distribution held within your local community
2. Must self-certify that you meet the income guidelines

What do you need to provide?

No income documentation is required, but recipients are asked to bring proof of address in the form of a driver’s license, bill or other piece of mail.

Distribution Locations & Times

Arroyo Grande Soto Park – 1275 Ash St.
Every Wednesday/ Month
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Los Osos South Bay Community Center – 2160 Palisades Ave.
1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday/ Month
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Morro Bay VFW Hall – 209 Surf St. 
1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday/ Month
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Nipomo Senior Center – 200 East Dana
Every Wednesday/ Month
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

San Luis Obispo Zion Church – 1010 E. Foothill Blvd.
Every Wednesday/ Month
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Cayucos Community Church - 60 South 3rd St.
1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday/ Month
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM