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.


The SLO Food Bank believes in the power of community and is committed to engaging and connecting with those across all SLO County to lift up their community members in need. We host annual community events that bring together individuals, families, businesses, service organizations, and clubs to support our mission of providing nutritious meals to those in need.

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please download our Sponsorship Opportunities and Sponsorship Commitment Form.

Hunger Awareness Day

On the first Friday in June, staff and volunteers heroically rise to the occasion to raise awareness about hunger in our community and collect funds to make a difference. Leading up to the big day, we encourage our community to set up fundraising campaigns to reinforce our countywide food safety net. This event is a unique opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and share a common goal: to feed SLO County.   

During Hunger Awareness Day, we also partner with our local Department of Social Services to provide CalFresh application assistance at sites such as libraries across SLO County. CalFresh is a program that offers a monthly stipend to individuals that can be used at participating grocery stores and farmers markets.  

The day transitions to night with the Good Fruit Benefit Concert where live music, tasty libations, and a silent auction provide the backdrop for our supporters to become more acquainted with our mission.  

Every year, our community steps up to raise an astounding amount of funds to strengthen our food safety net. We are eternally grateful for all the hunger heroes who unite for those grappling with food insecurity.

Turkey Drive

News Channel 12’s annual Turkey Drive is a month-long event that concludes a week before Thanksgiving. SLO Food Bank staff and volunteers collect turkeys and donations from the community at participating stores throughout the County. During the month leading up to the Turkey Drive, participating Grocery Outlet and California Fresh Market stores also collect donations by selling “Turkey Bucks” to customers at their registers. Funds raised at this event help provide holiday proteins to those in need.  

Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving Day, the SLO Food Bank hosts a Turkey Trot.  Supporters can choose to trot in-person at Avila Beach or Pismo Beach, or trotters can participate “virtually” from wherever they like. A hybrid of in-person and virtual trots allows thousands of people to come together to celebrate the joy of food, express gratitude for what they have, and raise money to provide holidays meals for those less fortunate. Whether they are walking, trotting, or riding, everyone who participates is part of a community that is working to make the world a better place. 

Every participant receives an event t-shirt along with the opportunity to raise funds for unique prizes. All proceeds raised provide holiday meals for families in need.  

Season of Hope

As a nonprofit partner of KSBY’s Season of Hope, the SLO Food Bank collects monetary donations and nonperishable food items with collection barrels placed at various locations across the County during the holiday season. The KSBY team invites viewers and community members to donate toys, food, and money during live remotes on evening news shows throughout the campaign and invite beneficiary nonprofits and business sponsors to join in on the festivities  

Matching Gifts

​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.


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Payroll Deduction

A popular method of employee giving is a payroll deduction program. Some employers additionally offer a match opportunity to double the positive impact in the community. Your HR department can set up a system where your employees can choose to designate a specific amount from their paycheck to support the nonprofits of their choice. Employees may opt to do so as a one-time gift or on a recurring basis!

Through employee payroll deductions, every dollar contributed not only helps alleviate hunger through SLO Food Bank but also enhances your company’s goodwill and employee retention. Engaged employees involved in corporate philanthropy are 32% less likely to leave the company compared to their unengaged counterparts. 

Cause Marketing

Create a Cause Marketing campaign for your customers to support a cause they love! Partnering with the SLO Food Bank can help your business grow and make a difference in our community. 

The SLO Food Bank is a respected and well-known organization that provides healthy and nutritious food to people in need. When you partner with the SLO Food Bank, you can tap into our network of supporters and volunteers to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and provide a way to be a part of the solution. 

You can also highlight your partnership with the SLO Food Bank in your communication and marketing efforts, which can help you to attract new customers and grow your business.  

Potential campaigns include hosting a fundraiser event, offering proceeds from product or service sales, implementing a point-of-sale promotional, or other creative ways to get involved. These campaigns generate awareness and funds for our mission to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.

If you’d like to launch a Cause Marketing Campaign, have questions, or a creative idea, please email our Marketing & Communications Manager, or call (805) 835-5275.