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Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Nutrition

Mission: The mission of the Food Bank Coalition is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.

Target demographics: We alleviate hunger for the 46,000 residents who are food insecure in San Luis Obispo County.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We distribute approximately 5. 4 million pounds of free and/or low-cost food to individuals and households directly and through redistributing agencies.

Geographic areas served: San Luis Obispo County

Programs: BRILLIANT BEGINNINGS Brilliant Beginnings provides universal meals to students in the classroom to ensure that no child goes without breakfast. DIRECT DISTRIBUTIONS The Food Bank coordinates more than 80 public food distribution sites throughout the county including the Emergency Food for Assistance Program, Healthy Food for Local Families Program, and Harvest Bag. SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET Senior Farmers’ Market delivers vegetables and fruits to low-income senior housing for those who are on a fixed income or unable to attend regular distributions due to a medical condition or lack of transportation. CHILDREN’S FARMERS’ MARKET At Children’s Farmers’ Market, students in need are given a reusable bag and mock money to “purchase” fruits and vegetables for their families. SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM This program provides children with the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school and don’t have access to school meals.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a great organization and a great cause! I recently took a tour of the new San Luis Obispo food distribution facility and offices. Everyone in San Luis Obispo county should be proud of such a first rate facility and staff. What better cause than to feed the hungry in our community. I would advocate for anyone wanting to make a difference in our community to contact the Food Bank. Joe Simonin

Board Member

Rating: 5

An essence of life is healthy food! The SLO County Food Bank provides such a commodity to the most vulnerable members of our community. A dollar donation is converted to over $ 10 dollars in healthy and nutritious food that helps alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer with 2 other Food Banks, one in San Jose, California and another in St George, Utah. As a volunteer, donor and board member of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County I am amazed at the breath and depth of its programs for children to seniors and geographically from San Miguel to Nipomo.

The Food Bank provides food to about 120 non profit agencies in the county in addition to direct distribution to children and seniors as well as direct distributions to areas of the county that are not covered by non profit agencies.

After significant growth under the direction of Carl Hansen for 11 years, Carl has retired and a new CEO has been hired. Kevin Drabinski will build on past success and lead the Food Bank into its exciting future.

I highly recommend the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and suggest that your donor dollars will make an impact on the lives of the needy of San Luis Obispo County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Paula and I am a Volunteer at the Food Bank. I work at the front desk, so there is filing, phone answering and just in general meet and greeting of other volunteers and employees. I work directly with Malinda...what a joy this gal is! The knowledge and compassion that she has of this organization is amazing, such a delight. Also working along side Caroline,our Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, watching and listening to her interact with the other volunteers face to face or setting up programs on the phone is truly a young women who enjoys what she does and smiles all the way thru it! This non-profit is more than I ever thought, this is a all round 'Community Gathering' of helping and being there for all people in San Luis Obispo County...BRAVO to this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and board member for almost 20 years I am always amazed at the efficient model of Food Banks...to collect and store food, to be a "supermarket" for local non profits who reach out to end local food insecurity. You should be assured that our local SLO Food Bank, now in its new warehouse, is one of the best rule organization I know of. You can trust that your donation will be used and leveraged to meet our mission to end local hunger. Come and see! Your welcome to come and carefully evaluate our programs as you decide where to volunteer or donate locally.

Wendy174

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to say I have been working at the Food Bank for over 9 years. It's an amazing organization with the most incredible team and volunteers. No one should go hungry and the SLO County Food Bank is working tirelessly to make sure everyone has access to nutritious food!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for the Food Bank Coalition for over a year and a half. I am so thankful to have a job that everyday is working to benefit children, seniors, families, and individuals, that are food insecure in our community. This is done by an incredible staff that make coming to work each day a joy, thousands of dedicated volunteers, and supportive community partners who believe in our organization's mission. Being able to say that you truly love what you do each day is something that I am so fortunate to be able to feel each and everyday. Our organization is a true non-profit, doing good honest work for others in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to work with and for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
My husband and I first began working with the Food Bank when we planted a few extra rows of produce indenting to donate the extra crop to the Food Bank. We loved knowing our produce was going to residents in our county who had a hard time putting food on the table. The Food Bank invited us to participate and witness a Children's Farmers Market, allowing us to see directly where the produce was going.

I have worked for the Food Bank for a little less than a year now and I am continuously impressed at the heart and soul this company has.
Every employee has the same committed to feeding our community, it is a wonderful and inspiring workplace.

1 Malinda3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working at the Food Bank for over 5 years now. From start to finish, even after all this time, I am amazed at the process of getting food in and out of our warehouse and to families that are in need.

2 Melissa352

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be part of such a wonderful cause. It is extremely rewarding to see the direct impact we have on those we serve. Also, it's great to see that nutrition is the top priority.