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Imagine!

Have you ever imagined how much better the future will be because of the good you do?  Imagine the difference a healthy meal makes in a day, compared to no meal at all.  Imagine how providing 3,850,000 healthy meals a year affects the future.  That’s what we and our agency partners provide to people struggling… Read more »

Collaboration with Public Health

Compared to large metropolitan areas, our Food Bank is considered small do to the size of our county. This results in many staff members wearing multiple hats, not allowing us to have paid staff in some of the positions that would provide professional expertise in areas of great need.  For example, we don’t have a nutritionist on staff to lead our nutrition outreach…. Read more »

What Can You Do For Others?

Over 150 volunteers throughout the county gathered together to serve for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. On Saturday, January 14th & Monday, January 16th volunteers distributed and collected bags of non-perishable food items. Together the volunteers collected 14,373 lbs. of food for those in need in SLO County. This year… Read more »

Celebrating Dr. Kings dream by serving those in our community!

Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Food Drive  AmeriCorps, Cal Poly Student Life and Leadership, and the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County are teaming up to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in 2012. Volunteers throughout the county will go door-to-door delivering 10,000 bags asking for… Read more »

How does social media help the Food Bank?

Recipe, a local food and beverage marketing company, is holding a Facebook promotion to raise money for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.  They plan to donate one dollar for every Facebook Like they receive during the holiday season. “We wanted to support the local food bank and all the work they… Read more »

Does a $100,000 survey really payoff?

You may have seen on the front page of The Tribune last week a story about the Hunger Free Communities Grant the Food Bank Coalition received from the USDA.  The grant was $99, 561.  That’s a lot of money for a survey.  I knew when I read the article that people would have the same… Read more »

It’s Time to Eat Real, America!

Celebrate Food Day on Monday, October 24th! We can do a lot as donors to help those in need, but sometimes we can do even more as voters! There are proposals leading up to the election year and the renewal of the Farm Bill, some want to cut USDA Commodities to Food Banks by as much… Read more »

Welcome to GleanSLO

Have you ever noticed the abundance of fruit falling to the ground from the trees in your neighborhood?  Or the rows and rows of excess produce lining the fields of our county then being tilled under with ripe vegetables still on the ground?  Seeing this waste and knowing that 40,000 people in San Luis Obispo… Read more »

The Value of Interns

The Food Bank takes great pride in the fact that we have less than a 5 percent overhead. We could not do this without our extensive volunteer core of 400 to 500 hundred putting in thousands of hours each month.  This past summer we had the opportunity to host a different type of volunteer, an… Read more »

Why does a Food Bank have a Food Stamp Outreach Program?

Some years ago the Food Bank took on Food Stamp Outreach (now called CalFresh). This choice was controversial because many asked why a Food Bank should use its resources to help eligible individuals get food stamps.  Over the years we have helped hundreds of families take the steps to overcome the many obstacles they face… Read more »