Food Distributions

Everyone Deserves Access to Nutritious Food

We all need help sometimes, whether it’s paying for school, finding a job or putting food on the table. The SLO Food Bank is here to support people facing hunger in San Luis Obispo County. Our Neighborhood Food Distributions are free to income-eligible recipients and located in every community countywide.

What We Do

Our Neighborhood Food Distributions are free to income-eligible participants, open to the public and located in every community in San Luis Obispo County. With the help of many committed volunteers and community partners, we operate 80 distributions per month at 64 locations.

How do I get food?

Requirements

  • Recipients should live in the geographical area being served.
  • Recipients should meet established income guidelines.

No income documentation or identification is required. Participants certify they meet the posted California Department of Social Services (CDSS) 2019 Income Guidelines by providing their name, address and the total number of people in their household on a sign-in sheet at the distribution site. This information is used only to report the number of participants served.

Alternate Pick-Up Forms (English | Spanish) are available for those who are unable to attend a distribution and have a friend, neighbor or family member who can pick up food for them. Forms should be filled out ahead of time and must have an original signature from the person who will be receiving food. A new form should be filled out each time food is picked up.

Food Distribution Schedule

Our Distribution Calendar (English | Spanish) lists the locations and times of all our public distributions. A list of Pantry & Meal Sites is found on the back of our calendar. (All Pantry & Meal Sites are overseen by individual non-profit organizations; please contact them directly for information regarding their services.)

Date Changes

The dates of our neighborhood food distributions are subject to change to due to holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Please view any scheduled date changes by month by clicking on links below.

What Kind of Food is Available?

Each household receives one bag of shelf stable pantry food and one bag of fresh produce, totaling nearly 40 pounds of groceries.
Common items provided include: cereal, fresh and canned produce, dry beans, rice, juice and pasta.
Dependent on availability: bread, frozen meat, dairy, eggs and cold prepared foods.

Become a Distribution Volunteer

If you’d like to volunteer at a Neighborhood Food Distribution, please contact Community Food Programs Coordinator Emily Hansen via e-mail at ehansen@slofoodbank.org. If you’d like to volunteer at our warehouse to help pack orders for distribution, contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email at volunteer@slofoodbank.org. Read more about all volunteer opportunities.