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Summer Breakfast Bags for Children

Summer vacation is no fun when you are hungry! Fortunately, we have enjoyed broad success this summer in closing the hunger gap for children. We were able to combine community donations with a Hunger Is grant from the Albertson’s Foundation to secure our Summer Breakfast Bags. Each of these bags are packed with 3 weeks’… Read more »

Our Roots in Paso Robles

Every corner of our county has its story to tell, its claim to some extraordinary event or movement. Paso Robles has many highlights from its historic past, but one that it can certainly be proud of is its distinction as our birthplace – The Food Bank Coalition which serves San Luis Obispo County. Inspired in… Read more »

Kevin Drabinski Becomes New CEO

The Board of Directors of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County today announced that they have selected Kevin Drabinski to be their new Chief Executive Officer. In making the announcement, Board Chair Jeff Mercer said, “During a competitive search, Kevin emerged as the candidate we felt was uniquely well qualified to set… Read more »

Farewell Laura Reinacher: Q & A

What was your role at the Food Bank the past two years? I served as an AmeriCorps Fellow with AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program). Through the supervising agency of Cal Poly, I was placed at the SLO County Food Bank, and took on the position of Volunteer Coordinator. Throughout my time, I have recruited and… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Knoll

Name: Jennifer Knoll Program: Neighborhood Site Distributions & Special Events Please share your name, and a bit about yourself and your background. My name is Jennifer Knoll. I have been on the Central Coast for 30+ years, a Paso Robles Bearcat Graduate of 1996.  I moved away after high school and returned after a few… Read more »

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 »