No-Cook Bags for the Homeless

Those facing homelessness in San Luis Obispo County often do not have access to the tools and appliances needed to prepare or consume items such as dried rice, fresh produce, or raw meats. While these and other items are regularly available through our Partners and Neighborhood Food Distributions, many homeless are unable to use the majority of these items. After identifying this gap, the SLO Food Bank worked with different community partners and local sponsors to create the No-Cook Bags program. No-Cook Bags, or NCBs, are plastic bags of nutritious foods that require no heating, cool storage, or specialized tools to safely eat.

Due to the different sources that are used to fill a NCB, each NCB contains a different assortment of foods. Here is a collection of items that may be found in a NCB:

No-Cook Bags are available to non-profit organizations for distribution to those experiencing homelessness throughout the county thanks to grants from the Hugo and Erna Klaproad Homeless Fund and the S. L. Gimbel Foundation.

If you are a part of a non-profit or government organization that regularly interacts with the homeless or transient populations of SLO County and interested in distributing NCBs or have addition questions about the program, please contact Suzie Freeman at 805-835-9924 and


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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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