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Celebrating 30 Years of Our County’s Response to Hunger Relief

When the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County opened on Valentine’s Day in 1989, it consisted of a 4,000 square foot warehouse space in Paso Robles with a Knudsen ice cream truck in back acting as its only cold storage and a second truck to use for deliveries. By the end of that… Read more »

Public Food Distribution at 2nd Baptist Church in Paso Robles

All of our Public Neighborhood Food Distributions are well attended and received within each community. 2nd Baptist Church in Paso Robles is no exception. Every 1st Thursday of the month, people from all different walks of life make their way to the site between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Of course, the volunteers always arrive long… Read more »

The Connection between Summer Hunger and Health

When I think back to the summers of my childhood, I fondly remember days spent outside playing with my friends. I remember going to the pool, summer camp, and the excitement I felt when I heard the sound of the ice cream truck. I also remember returning home for lunch and dinner to a home-cooked… Read more »

Extending Hospitality and Feeding Neighbors

Hunger relief is an ancient feature of humans helping out their neighbor. If it’s not the oldest game in town it’s close to it. All the early texts of wisdom literature recorded ideas about how to treat those who were the most vulnerable in society. Special care was suggested for older citizens, babies and the… Read more »

Summer Hunger in San Luis Obispo County

In San Luis Obispo County 43% or 14,600 K-12 children, are eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Eligibility is determined by household size and income. In the 2018-19 school year children in a household of four can receive free meals at school if the household’s annual income is less than… Read more »

Hunger Awareness Day Recap

On Friday, June 7th, the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition hosted its 13th annual Hunger Awareness Day event. The goal of Hunger Awareness Day is to raise awareness for food insecurity in SLO county and money to provide healthy food to the 1 in 6 in our community who may struggle with access to… Read more »

Hunger Relief From a Place of Hope

There’s nothing subtle about being hungry. The need for food is part of the human condition. Everyone knows how it feels when you don’t eat for 10 or 14 or 20 hours. You may get impatient, anxious, or distressed, or a combination of all these things. And so, 1 in 6 people in our county… Read more »

The Hope That’s Needed to Meet a Real and Dire Need

It’s a challenge at times to find the right words to describe conditions surrounding hunger relief in our county. The other day I reached out for advice to Terry Vail of Atascadero Loaves and Fishes (ALF). He’s a man of few words, a knowing smile, and someone I deeply respect. Terry helps operate an exceptionally… Read more »

Nutrition Education: Support for Seniors in SLO County

A few months back, I had the opportunity to sit-in on a nutrition education class led by one of our dietetic interns, Sharmin. The class was hosted in Morro Bay at Ocean View Manor, a non-profit housing community for those 62 years of age or older. The topic of Sharmin’s class was “What to Eat… Read more »

Senior Farmers Markets: Opening Access to Precious Produce

It’s always been a fair measure of a community to see how we care for our most vulnerable among us. Seniors all face a decline in some aspect of their independence as years go by. For many seniors in San Luis Obispo County the advance of years can lead to a growing sense of isolation,… Read more »