Major Heidi Harmon and Union’s United Raise Funds for the SLO Food Bank

SLO City Major Heidi Harmon and Union’s United Raise More Than $71,000 for the SLO Food Bank in Combined Matching Campaign

San Luis Obispo, February 4, 2021 – With hunger at historic levels in SLO County since the onset of the global pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout, thousands of SLO County residents are struggling to put food on their tables, many for the first time in their lives. Thankfully, many members of our community have stepped up to help their neighbors get through these challenging times. In December 2020, SLO City Mayor Heidi Harmon brought together several of our regional trade labor organizations to fund a matching gift to benefit the SLO Food Bank, resulting in hunger relief for many thousands of SLO County residents.

Participating in this compassionate effort are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 639 and 952, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 403, Operating Engineers Local 12, Tri-Counties Building Trades, Central Coast Labor Council, Local Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA), Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Workers Local 104, and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 5. In all, these professional trade unions joined forces to fund a $22,500 matching gift fund.

SLO Food Bank CEO Garret Olson said, “These amazing trades professionals are not only building a beautiful and safe community with their skill, they are also building a healthy and hopeful community with their heart.” Many of the Union leaders shared they felt honored and compelled to lean in to support hunger relief during these unprecedented times.

SLO City Mayor Heidi Harmon brought this group together to benefit struggling SLO County residents, and she shared,

“I am so grateful to the working men and women of the Central Coast who have shared so generously with those who need it most. And thank you to the larger community who stepped up and matched the unions’ generosity to ensure that no one will go hungry during this challenging time.”

The SLO Food Bank distributes food to those in need through its 60 monthly neighborhood distribution sites and through over 80 other nonprofit organizations on the front lines of hunger relieve across the entire County.