Category: Programs

Summer Hunger in San Luis Obispo County

By Andrea Keisler, Director of Programs In San Luis Obispo County 43% or 14,600 K-12 children, are eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Eligibility is determined by household size and income. In the 2018-19 school year children in a household of four can receive free meals at school if the… Read more »

Opportunities For Those Without Shelter Increase With Delivery Of No-Cook Bags

By Kevin Drabinski, Chief Executive Officer Food is and always has been the great connector. It is that which when placed between us brings us closer together and fosters community. But up until a few years ago, the Food Bank Coalition’s distributions of fresh produce and shelf-stable product prevented those without access to a kitchen… Read more »

Public Senior Farmers Market

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Most of our Senior Farmers Markets are located inside housing complexes or senior centers which makes them accessible to residents only. Every second and fourth Tuesday, however, we hold a Senior Farmers Market in Paso Robles that is open to the public. Despite its name, people of all… Read more »

2019 Summer Breakfast Program

By Andrea Keisler, Director of Programs A few months ago, we reported on handing out breakfast bags during the summer months to children from low-income areas across SLO County. The distribution of these bags belongs to our summer programs and is meant to fill the hunger gap when school meals are not available. This program… Read more »

Summer Breakfast Bags for Children

By Andrea Keisler, Director of Programs 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… Read more »

Welcome to GleanSLO

Have you ever noticed the abundance of fruit falling to the ground from the trees in your neighborhood?  Or the rows and rows of excess produce lining the fields of our county then being tilled under with ripe vegetables still on the ground?  Seeing this waste and knowing that 40,000 people in San Luis Obispo… Read more »

Why does a Food Bank have a Food Stamp Outreach Program?

Some years ago the Food Bank took on Food Stamp Outreach (now called CalFresh). This choice was controversial because many asked why a Food Bank should use its resources to help eligible individuals get food stamps.  Over the years we have helped hundreds of families take the steps to overcome the many obstacles they face… Read more »

Feed the Children of our Future

Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for proper nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act better and feel better. The Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP) helps children get the nutrition they need to learn, play… Read more »