Month: January 2019

Farewell Haley Trengove

We are saying goodbye to our Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, to most of you known as Haley Trengove. Haley will be pursuing a new opportunity within the area. We will miss her dearly, but we wish her lots of luck on her new adventure! Read her little interview to find out what she has to say about her time here at the SLO Food Bank.

1. What were your responsibilities as Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator?

As the volunteer coordinator I got to work alongside some of the kindest souls in our community. My responsibilities involved recruiting, training, and instructing a diverse volunteer core! We worked to accomplish many tasks that help with the operations of the SLO Food Bank!

2. Could you describe what a typical day looked like for you?

I started each day by visiting my buddies in the warehouse. We spent the first part of the morning talking over volunteer needs for the day and brainstorming different projects that volunteers could be set up on. After that I would work on responding to volunteer related emails, requests, and phone calls. My mornings were spent greeting volunteers as they arrived for their volunteer shift, training new volunteers on the Do’s and Don’t’s of the warehouse, and making sure every individual felt welcome and comfortable while volunteering.

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Nipomo Elementary Food Distribution

The food distribution at Nipomo Elementary is one of our most attended sites. Every second Tuesday of the month, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, a group of dedicated volunteers work to feed SLO County’s food insecure. Marla Eaton, Mary Anne Morgan, Janice Chagoya, and Rosemary Cleaves manage the distribution, and coordinate the approximately 50 volunteers that donate their time each month.

Their mission began years ago when they saw a need for a food distribution in San Luis Obispo’s South County; there were no other food distributions in the area at the time. Janice was working at Nipomo Elementary, along with a few other schools in the area. They knew an elementary school was a good place to start, as their main goal was to reach children and families in need. They started their first distribution at Nipomo Elementary over 7 years ago packing food for 96 households. Within the first two years numbers gradually reached a peak of 228 households.  As the Food Bank expanded, more distributions were established in the South County, easing some of the pressure on the Nipomo Elementary distribution.

The volunteers at Nipomo Elementary go above and beyond in their service to the community. While the distribution time is from 4:00 to 6:00pm, volunteers get there as early as 1:30pm to start preparations. A volunteer is always available to help participants walk food to their car. They make efforts towards sustainability, using donated, reusable bags at their distribution. Participants are encouraged to bring the bags back the next time they attend the distribution; the returned bags are then cleaned and packed the following month. They provide more than just food too; a local thrift store donates clothes that participants can choose from after they’ve picked up their food.

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In Memory of Will Moreland

It is with heavy hearts that we share that our own Will Moreland passed away on December 30.

Will was the longest serving member on staff and served as USDA Warehouse Clerk. But he added so much to the Food Bank than the performance of his job duties. He was just as renowned for being a memorable character who spoke with credible authenticity about work and life.

Will had his finger on a community in need. His interactions in the field at distributions, with agency partners, and in the warehouse with volunteers, displayed a consummate respect for those in need and those who were willing to help.

Will served his country and this Food Bank honorably. In many ways he will always be a part of our efforts.

We will pass along news about service arrangements as they become known. Rest in peace good man!

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