Author: Luise Gleason

Mental Health Nutrition

Are you feeling more anxious, stressed or depressed recently? Do you find yourself reaching for comfort foods just to ease some of the tension you feel? While comfort foods provide a coping mechanism for many, they can also increase rather than alleviate some of your anxiety and depressive emotions. Truth is, what you eat can… Read more »

Serving Our Community

 On March 13, when the shelter-at-home order went into effect, everybody’s daily life changed drastically. But for the employees of San Luis Obispo County, that day also marked the start of a journey most of them had never done before: to respond in times of need as disaster service workers. As set forth in… Read more »

Working Together To Feed SLO County

Based out of San Luis Obispo, California Food Trading, Inc. has over 35 years of experience selling beans, rice and other commodity food items. The SLO Food Bank works with their team to order bulk food items like oats, rice, beans, and canned items. During the COVID-19 health crisis that is also impacting the availability… Read more »

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

*In the time since these photographs were taken, all volunteers have received and are now wearing masks As part of our community partnership, we have always been working closely with our nonprofit agency partners to relieve hunger in SLO County. During the COVID-19 health crisis, we are now providing more than twice as much food… Read more »

Feeding People in the Northernmost Corner of SLO County

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County (SLO Food Bank) is the only countywide source of nutritious food for people in need, providing services from San Miguel to Nipomo and every community in between. Five times per month, a loaded SLO Food Bank truck makes its long trek to San Miguel to supply… Read more »

A Life Filled With Love, Animals And Unforeseen Circumstances

Food insecurity can hit people from all different walks of life. It often only takes one unforeseen incident to throw our well established rhythm off its course and into a downward spiral. That’s when the support from family and friends but also from the community a person lives in can make all the difference. Our… Read more »

Unsung Hero Highlight: Ruby Red

Whenever we tell stories about the impact of our work here at the Food Bank Coalition, we focus on our recipients, volunteers and donors. But there is actually one additional group of people that often goes unnoticed. It’s the silent helpers that come to pick up food, not for themselves but for someone else. Some… Read more »

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration

People are in need for two reasons: Either decisions they’ve made or circumstances beyond their control. In either instance, hunger should not be the price they have to pay. That’s why the Food Bank Coalition, it’s non-profit agency partners, donors, volunteers and advocates have been working relentlessly for 30 years to alleviate hunger in SLO… Read more »

A Community Takes Care of Its Own at Judson Terrace Homes

Once a month, the residents at Judson Terrace Homes, a living complex for low-income seniors, get together for our Senior Food Distribution. This event does not only supply them with the food they need but also offers a great way to socialize and talk to each other. Many are thankful for the support they receive… Read more »

A Center for Hope: The Grange Hall in Atascadero

Every first Wednesday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Grange Hall in Atascadero, which is mostly a place for dancing sessions, is used for another purpose: to support those in need with healthy, nutritious food. Volunteers divide the available food items into individual boxes so it is easier for participants to receive… Read more »