SLO Food Bank Launches $500,000 Matching Gift Campaign

San Luis Obispo County, CAStarting today, the SLO Food Bank is launching a matching gift campaign where new recurring donors will have a year’s worth of their support instantly doubled, thanks to a generous $500,000 match from The Balay Ko Foundation. 

This match is launching ahead of Hunger Awareness Day on June 7, the community’s annual campaign to alleviate hunger in our community.  

The need for unified action is urgent. In the past year, the SLO Food Bank has witnessed a significant increase in demand, serving 16% more individuals each month compared to the previous year. This matching gift campaign offers an exciting opportunity for SLO County community members to make a difference. 

“Hunger Awareness Day is not just about bringing awareness to food insecurity; it’s about taking tangible action to build a healthier community,” stated Molly Kern, CEO of the SLO Food Bank. “When you give to the SLO Food Bank, every dollar normally provides four meals. With the remarkable generosity of The Balay Ko Foundation, each dollar of your recurring donation will now deliver eight meals. It truly is a drastic amplification of the generosity of our Hunger Heroes.” 

In addition to the matching gift challenge, on June 7, the SLO Food Bank is hosting a dozen fundraising sites and six CalFresh application sites at public libraries across SLO County. 

Learn more or become a recurring donor at slofoodbank.org/HAD. 

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About the SLO Food Bank:  The SLO Food Bank’s mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. In 2023, the SLO Food Bank served over 36,500 neighbors on average per month through its Neighborhood Food Distributions, a network of over 70 nonprofit Agency Partners, its Senior Home Delivery Program, and Children’s and Seniors’ Farmer’s Markets. Additionally, food rescue programs of the SLO Food Bank, including GleanSLO, prevented over 1.83 million pounds of food from being wasted and instead nourished neighbors in need. All of this is made possible by volunteers’ time and donors’ support. To learn more about resources offered by the SLO Food Bank or ways to get involved, please visit www.slofoodbank.org.