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Food for Thought...

Greetings!

 

Welcome Friends & Supporters! 

 

At the Food Bank we follow a set of values that underlie all that we do. They define the way we think and act toward our recipients and those who partner with us in fighting hunger in our county.  There are four values adopted by our board in May of 2008.  We are highlighting #1: "Human beings have the right to nutritious food, regardless of the reasons that they may not be able to obtain it for themselves."

 

We believe that it is important that nutritious food be accessible to people in our county who cannot provide it for themselves or their families.  We are all better off when people are not starving, children are nourished properly, and the elderly have a well-balanced diet. Our mission is to see that no one goes without. Our recipients are not able to provide for themselves - at least some of the time - no matter how hard they try.   Some may have made mistakes in their lives that brought them to this place, while others suffer from mental or physical challenges and cannot provide for themselves adequately.  Any of us could be in the same situation, and I think most of us can say that we've made mistakes.  Perhaps we feel lucky that so far our right choices have kept us out of food lines.  Then there's the practical issue, too.  Even if we wanted to serve only "the worthy,"  what standard would we use and how would we enforce it. No, we opt for compassion, caring, and encouragement to those who are struggling, regardless of the cause.  We all know why the need has risen by 40% in the last three years.  We're so grateful that so many in our county care without judgment to help us match generosity with that need. 

 

Carl, Executive Director 

 

How One Person Can Make a Difference!

 Hunger Walk - Morro Bay

Everything starts with a single step. Unless one person starts to talk about hunger or homelessness or injustices of any kind, most of us are unaware of the needs or concerns of others. An example of volunteerism is Pastor Paula Hulet, who has a passion for making a difference. After receiving notice of the Hunger Walk she formed a small team that was very successful raising money in its first year. Her involvement as a walker three years ago, a team planning member last year, current team leader and site coordinator for Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo has opened up other avenues for her to serve the community.  Paula states, "the members of the Morro Bay/Cayucos/Los Osos and the San Luis Obispo walk planning teams are passionate and hardworking making planning fun and easy. " Without our network of volunteers the Food Bank Coalition could not serve the San Luis Obispo County community. 

Emergency Food Assistance Program (USDA)

The Food Bank Coalition administers EFAP, a federally funded program and supplies food once a month to low-income families and individuals of all ages through its USDA Commodities Program. These distributions are held at community centers, churches, senior centers and veteran's halls throughout the county. In July of 2009 this program provided 61,052 lbs. of food to local residents at 24 distribution sites. In July of 2011 we provided 115,182 lbs. of food to over 2,300 residents at 56 USDA distribution sites. 

 

Currently, we are working with community partners, identifying alternative locations and times to make these resources more accessible to working families who qualify. The economy has impacted our entire county, some more than others. Many are struggling to put a healthy meal on their table, which is why we continually assess the program to ensure that everyone has accessibility.  

Charity Movie Night - YPNG Fundraiser

 

                  YPNG Movie

On Friday, August 19th the Young Professional Networking Group held their annual Charity Movie Night featuring the Indian Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark". The third annual event brought together 150 supporters of YPNG and the Food Bank. The annual event raised over $1,500 to benefit the Food Bank Coalition. A big thank you to YPNG for their support! 
From Your Friends,

 

Food Bank Coalition of SLO County

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 Hunger Facts 

Every $1 donated provides 10 lbs. of nutritious food or 7 meals

 

In 2010, the we distributed 5.5 million pounds of food 

 

40% of Food Bank recipients are under the age of 18. 

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