Category: Operations

Serving Our Community

 On March 13, when the shelter-at-home order went into effect, everybody’s daily life changed drastically. But for the employees of San Luis Obispo County, that day also marked the start of a journey most of them had never done before: to respond in times of need as disaster service workers. As set forth in… Read more »

Working Together To Feed SLO County

Based out of San Luis Obispo, California Food Trading, Inc. has over 35 years of experience selling beans, rice and other commodity food items. The SLO Food Bank works with their team to order bulk food items like oats, rice, beans, and canned items. During the COVID-19 health crisis that is also impacting the availability… 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 »

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 »

2018 Year in Review

Here is the year in the life of the Food Bank Coalition in two quick stories. Thanks to all who made it possible by their stewardship of time and talent and to our gracious donors who act in furtherance of our mission. One At a community leadership meeting this Fall, someone asked what would happen… Read more »

Our Contribution To Reducing Food Waste

Staying sustainable is a top priority here at the SLO Food Bank. We want to provide food to those in need while being aware of our impact on the environment. By taking steps to minimize that impact, we can collectively help our planet. How Does Food Waste Impact The Environment? What is the first thing… 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 »

Collaboration with Public Health

Compared to large metropolitan areas, our Food Bank is considered small do to the size of our county. This results in many staff members wearing multiple hats, not allowing us to have paid staff in some of the positions that would provide professional expertise in areas of great need.  For example, we don’t have a nutritionist on staff to lead our nutrition outreach…. Read more »

President’s Letter

Dear Neighbor, One of the Food Bank’s neighborhood distribution centers opened earlier this year at the Mission View Senior Residence in San Luis Obispo. As the current chairperson for the Food Bank, I wanted to stop by and congratulate them. This was very emotional and challenging for me since a few months earlier my Dad… Read more »