Make a Statement. Feed the Hungry.
Financial support is critical to the SLO Food Bank’s ability to acquire, transport, store, and distribute millions of pounds of food. By making a substantial financial donation to the SLO Food Bank, you make a strong statement about your organization’s commitment to social responsibility and the Central Coast community.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SLO Food Bank has gone virtual with all fundraising and awareness-raising events. We value engaging our community and will continue to do so to the best of our ability during these unprecedented times as we continue to work tirelessly to provide nutritious food to our neighbors in need.
14th Annual Hunger Awareness Day (June 5th, 2020)
This year, in lieu of sending volunteer groups to 40 public sites throughout the County to collect money and share hunger facts with passers-by, SLO Food Bank launched a large digital campaign. The campaign included: digital fundraising pages hosted by SLO Food Bank and several generous local businesses, an extensive social media campaign, a text fundraising campaign promoted by grocery stores, live-stream tours and program overviews presented by SLO Food Bank and several of our hunger-fighting non-profit Agency Partners, and a single drive-through donation site.
Each year, we are overwhelmed by the positive response we receive from this event. Despite the myriad of changes amidst the pandemic, this year was no different. Our fundraising goal was $100,000, and our community stepped up to help us raise an astounding total of $178,000!
The amount of gratitude we have for all the individuals and businesses involved is inexplicable. Their support gave us hope and excitement for all the virtual events to come.
Turkey Drive (November 2020)
Stay tuned! A contact-free Turkey Drive fundraiser is in the works.
In previous years, SLO Food Bank staff and volunteers were stationed alongside a refrigerated truck outside three grocery stores across the County to collect turkeys from patrons as they shopped.
Turkey Trot (November 26, 2020)
Historically, the SLO Food Bank has hosted 2-mile walks and 5-mile runs in Avila Beach and in Pismo Beach. As many as 1,500 people gathered to inspire one another to be grateful for the meal they would enjoy later in the day and to raise money for those who are not as fortunate.
This year, participants can still register for a trot on Thanksgiving morning, but will complete the walk, run or hike on their own or with family and closest friends at a location of their choice. Every participants will receive one event t-shirt and one pair of Drymax socks. All proceeds raised will provide holiday meals to families in need.
Season of Hope
This is a large-scale County-wide food drive that takes place during the holiday season. In partnership with KSBY, SLO Food Bank has placed 80 food barrels at food collection sites.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please ask your Human Resources Department.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to SLO Food Bank may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
Payroll deductions are one of the easiest ways to support the SLO Food Bank. Simply ask your Human Resources Department to automatically deduct your donation from your paycheck. Gifts can be either one-time or recurring.
Payroll deductions are a convenient, affordable and tax-deductible way to support our community. Just $2 every other week for a year will provide more than 120 meals, while $5 will provide more than 300 meals. Employee giving provides year-round support, which is critical to sustaining our efforts when donations may be down but need remains high. The more you can give, the more food we are able provide to families throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Create a Cause Marketing campaign through which your customers can support a cause they love! These campaigns generate awareness and funds for our mission to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. Participating in these events also has the potential to increase sales for your company. These days, consumers expect businesses to conduct corporate giving activities, and they seek to make contributions that will positively impact their communities. A campaign with the SLO Food Bank can increase your profitability while making a positive impact in our community.
The SLO Food Bank has a strong and recognizable brand that’s specific to the Central Coast. A company can execute a marketing campaign at the grassroots level, directly connecting with customers and potential customers in our community. Potential donations include proceeds from product sales, point-of-sale promotional activities, or other ways to get involved in our mission to end hunger in San Luis Obispo County.