Food Distributions

Everyone Deserves Access to Nutritious Food

With the help and support of our donors, volunteers, and the caring community, the SLO Food Bank distributes millions of meals to our neighbors in need through our distributions and agency partners. We are committed to providing food assistance to anyone who needs it and to help all SLO County residents thrive.

The SLO Food Bank strives to provide low barrier access to healthy food to anyone in need. We believe that there is no single solution to hunger. With a diversified response, our amazing volunteers, agency partners, and staff members can meet the unique challenges experienced by every person seeking our resources.

Neighborhood Food Distributions

Our Neighborhood Food Distributions are free to income-eligible recipients, open to the public, and strategically located in every community across SLO County. These distributions are held at a variety of sites including community centers, schools, and other public spaces and are run by SLO Food Bank staff, committed volunteers, and community partners.

At these distributions, recipients can obtain a variety of foods, including bags of fresh produce, bags of shelf-stable food and meat. Additional food such as dairy products or bread are available depending on availability.

Ride-On Transportation providing a grocery delivery out of their bus.

Senior Home Delivery

The Senior Home Delivery Program delivers groceries on a weekly basis directly to the homes of low-income older adults who are homebound due to medical barriers. This program is administered in partnership with Ride-On Transportation and Wilshire Community Services. 

Agency Partners

Every day, we work to nourish the needy, but we don’t do it alone. More than 70 Agency Partners regularly donate their resources, facilities, time, and energy to further the mission of the SLO Food Bank. Our Agency Partners are a collection of different nonprofits with different missions that all share the same guiding principle: everyone deserves access to nutritious food. From large-scale food pantries to children’s programs, we work with each nonprofit to provide them with the foods that best meet the needs of those they serve. Through their efforts, these community partnerships more than double the hunger-relief impact of the SLO Food Bank across the county.

Each Agency Partner receives access to nutritious foods such as locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat, and edible food rescued from local grocery stores and bakeries, plus pantry staples like rice, pasta, beans, and canned goods.

In conjunction with food resources, we support our Agency Partners through other resources, too. Our goal is to consistently support our Agency Partners through supply, support, and advocacy so they may focus on their core goal: feeding people.