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Hunger Is Scary

Isn’t it interesting that the holiday season of November and December each year actually begins with Halloween? The ghosts and goblins, witches and black cats, monsters and lots of zombies, will come knocking to welcome us into the holiday spirit with a warning, “Trick or treat!” By the way, you’re supposed to act scared, but… Read more »

Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001 many of us were getting ready for work when the images came over the news. I was getting ready for work. I was a parish pastor then, with a full day of teaching, pastoral calls, and mid-week worship ahead. That day ended so many lives, and forever changed the lives of… Read more »

Everyday People

Have you ever heard the song, “Everyday People” by Reba McIntyre? The lyrics were written by Carol King. I have it on a CD and listen to it often. While I do, I think of and give thanks for the hundreds of volunteers that make our work possible in SLO Co. This is the chorus:… Read more »

It’s time for the audit…again!

You may be surprised to learn that we can have as many as four audits per year at the Food Bank. This year we got lucky; we only had three! They are the regular financial audits we are all personally familiar with. Non-profits should have an audit every year, usually by a specialized CPA, if… Read more »

California Mid State Fair

July is Mid-State Fair time in SLO County. So I have to ask, “What is your favorite thing about the Fair?” If you’d like to make your response on our blog, you can share your thoughts with thousands who receive our newsletter! As for me, the best part of the Fair is the people. It’s… Read more »

Reflections on Independence Day

One of the sources of funding for the Food Bank, as with so many non-profits, is grants from the government and private foundations. Without such grants, we would not be able to operate because the 5.5 million pounds of food that we provide to recipients is completely free. Whether directly in our distributions or through… Read more »

Believing

Recently I happened to see a documentary about a millionaire businessman who decided to live for a month as a poor person in the most impoverished area of Los Angeles. His intent was to find the agencies that truly helped people. When the month was over, he surprised those few agencies with sizable financial gifts…. Read more »

The high price of fuel…

Have you ever had to make the unhappy choice of whether to put gas in your car to go to work or feed your child a healthy breakfast? It never occurred to me when I was raising my children. It wasn’t easy financially raising my kids, but as parents we never had to make that… Read more »

Hunger Free Communities

We’re in another election year, and the gloves are off.  Negativity and demonetization are the order of the day.  It’s contagious.  It demeans us.  It makes politics a dirty word.  But politics is not just about winning.  Groups of people don’t have to make decisions through a process that hurts and inflames.  Why not unite… Read more »

St. Barnabas Advocates for the Homeless

If you’re homeless and living in a vehicle, there is no safe and legal place to park in our county to rest for the night. That was until St. Barnabas Episcopal Church of Arroyo Grande characteristically opened their arms and parking lot to welcome them.  (They’re known for their charitable outreach, including to the Food Bank.)  St…. Read more »