Over 150 volunteers throughout the county gathered together to serve for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. On Saturday, January 14th & Monday, January 16th volunteers distributed and collected bags of non-perishable food items. Together the volunteers collected 14,373 lbs. of food for those in need in SLO County.
This year the Food Bank marked a new partnership with AmeriCorps and Cal Poly’s Student Life and Leadership. The local AmeriCorps VIP’s assisted with volunteer recruitment and site management. Their passion for service shined during this event. Jim Rodger, Cambria Site Leader said, “we have a lot of old retired folks in Cambria who are tireless volunteers. But is very encouraging to see younger folks who are also directing their efforts to helping those amongst us who are less fortunate. I soaked up some of your enthusiasm…hope you still have some left.”
While volunteers were busy distributing bags, Harlan Hobgood and his friends of Avila Beach 55-and over Senior Community chose to circulate 200 envelopes to their friends and neighbors. Harlan and his team decided to gather money knowing that the Food Bank can stretch each dollar farther that we can by rummaging through our pantry. As Harlan stated, “we buy and bag the groceries, we will pay retail prices while the things we buy may or may not fit with the food most needed at the Food Bank. On the other hand, if you had the money instead then you could buy things wholesale (a lot more groceries for the buck) and make sure that they were the most needed items with highest demand”. The Avila Beach group collected $1,064, which will provide 10,640 lbs. of food or 7,448 nutritious meals.
After another successful year of service on MLK Day, the Food Bank looks forward to expanding the day of service and recruiting more volunteers next year. Thank you to all of our supporters, who made it a day on, not a day off!