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Volunteer Spotlight: Mikaela Curtis

We interviewed Mikaela to learn more about her experience in helping the SLO Food Bank. Name: Mikaela Curtis Program: Nutrition Education & Special Events Number of Volunteer Hours: 40+ Please share your name, and a bit about yourself and your background. My name is Mikaela Curtis and I am a 4th year nutrition student at Cal… Read more »

Dealing With The Drought

The drought in California increasingly appears to be an introduction to a new way of life. Personally, I’ve shifted from hope and trust for lots of rain this winter (with rumors of El Niño on its way), to the numbing realization that this is likely to be the foretaste of much worse to come. While… Read more »

What Comes To Mind When You Think Of The Month Of May?

What comes to mind when you think of the month of May? Is it the image of children dancing around the Maypole and flowers everywhere such as the one you see here? Is it Cinco de Mayo? Mother’s Day? Memorial Day? Indy 500? Or how about the phrase Mayday! Mayday! (If I wrote it three… Read more »

Obesity Kills

Obesity kills, it steals from our quality of life and the quantity of our years. It leads to other serious illnesses – the ones we dread the most: diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It hits hardest with our children because they are in their formative years, establishing habits and lifestyles that will imprint the rest… Read more »

To Alleviate or to End, That is the Question.

Our mission statement at the Food Bank Coalition includes the words, “to alleviate hunger.” The question of whether we should change our mission from alleviating hunger to ending hunger comes up for us from time to time. Is alleviate a lofty enough goal? Why not end hunger? Many other food banks strive for that. Another… Read more »

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nation paused for an official holiday last Monday to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. We remember him for his vision of a time when all men and women will be treated equally, where all have opportunities to achieve the promise of freedom – and the pursuit of happiness. We remember him for his articulate… Read more »

Real Hope Doesn’t Wait

As mild as the weather in our county is, we do have our seasons, especially in north county. We have been in the midst of a cold spell recently. It makes us think of those in our midst who have no warm space to lay their head at night. But of course, shelter is not… Read more »

The Eagle

I learned something about Ben Franklin the other day listening to the Dave Congalton show on KVEC. I usually learn a lot from Dave and his guests, because if it’s interesting and worth knowing, Dave will air it if he gets the chance. This was the day he had the Bald Eagle on the program… Read more »

Where is all the income going?

The Business Page of the Tribune on 9/11/13 carried this headline: “Rich-poor divide widest since 1920s.” The Associated Press article revealed that in 2012, 48.2 percent of total earnings went to only 10% of the population, and since the Great Recession ended in June of 2009, 95% of the income gains have gone to the… Read more »

I have a dream…

50 years ago, I was 19 and a sophomore at Santa Clara University, aware of but not involved in the Civil Rights movement and the struggles of the poor and minorities in our country. As a young man who could be drafted, I was more concerned about Vietnam. There were very few black families in… Read more »