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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 »

16 Reasons Why We Feed SLO County

Because we are a county community who believes that each day everyone should have something healthy to eat. This is why we feed SLO County. Because we respect our elders by making sure seniors have enough food to eat. This is why we feed SLO County. Because we care for our youth by giving kids… Read more »

The Farm Bill: What Does It Mean To The Food Bank Coalition?

Our mission here at the SLO Food Bank Coalition is to alleviate hunger and build a healthier community. 46,000 residents in the San Luis Obispo County struggle with hunger and everyday make the difficult choice between buying food or other necessities. 1 in 6 households are food insecure, including children, home-bound individuals, senior citizens and… Read more »

Our Teen Farmers Market Helps Feed Food Insecure Youth

Teen food insecurity is on the rise and threatening American youth and their well-being. According to a report by the Urban Institute research group in collaboration with Feeding America, a nonprofit hunger organization, an estimated 6.8 million youth between the ages of 10-17 years are facing food insecurity. Teenage years are vulnerable and critical in… Read more »

The Roots of GleanSLO Are Nurtured By SLO County Growers

Many of our farmers and growers enjoy the relationship with GleanSLO because it allows them to connect and help their community. Without these relationships, the variety of our produce would be limited. Now we are able to glean a wide range – from citrus over bok choy to sweet potatoes and many other fruits and… Read more »

Rescuing Nature’s Bounty For The Benefit Of Our Community

San Luis Obispo County is a region of vast abundance, yet only a portion of the population has consistent access to a wide-range of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. In San Luis Obispo County, over 800 million pounds of produce are grown annually. About 7% of these planted crops go unharvested, which translates to more… Read more »

GleanSLO Co-Founder Carolyn Eicher on Food Rescue: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Carolyn Eicher is the heart, soul and co-founding innovator of a community movement that led to the creation of GleanSLO. She would be the first to describe it as a team effort that took advantage of dozens of creative women and men who wanted to rise to the challenge of rescuing food in a community… Read more »

Nutrition Education Classes for Older Adults

The Food Bank Coalition offers community cooking and food literacy classes at Ocean View Manor Apartments for older adults since the addition of a Senior Farmers Market program in 2017. The goals for the classes are to teach basic cooking skills and educate around various health topics relevant to the participants. Live, interactive food demonstrations… Read more »