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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 »

Love and Laughter at the Community Church in Cayucos

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., volunteers and recipients get together for our Public Neighborhood Distribution at the Community Church in Cayucos where they share laughter, meet new people and talk about current events. Many of the visitors come on a regular basis. That includes grown-ups like Connie… Read more »

The Human Side of Our Public Neighborhood Food Distributions

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, residents of downtown SLO have the opportunity to visit our public Neighborhood Food Distribution at the senior center on Santa Rosa Street from 9:00 to 10:00am. In August 2019, I had a chance to visit and talk to both the volunteers and recipients. Since the first individuals on site… Read more »

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 »