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Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


"It is our privilege to serve without judgment."


This is the final reflection on the four values upon which the Food Bank Coalition bases its service to the community.  Judgment can sneak upon us when we are giving food to others.  You might see them smoking in line, and think about how much money they're spending on cigarettes, or the newer car might trigger thoughts that they have been unwise and are therefore undeserving.  Some would say people shouldn't have so many children, and I often hear that some of our recipients look like they have plenty to eat.  These are the expressions of judgment, and they have no place in charitable works.  The goal of charity such as the Food Bank practices is to offer unconditional assistance - which is our privilege!  In other words, we are freed from having to worry about worthiness and empowered to treat recipients as friends in need.  Even if the suspicions that cause us to judge have some truth in them, no one is perfect.  Are we better than another human being? No we are all human. Can we say we know the whole story of another's life solely by our casual observance? Of course, we all have the ability to judge, but it is a privilege not to, and that is, as Robert Frost expressed it, the road less traveled.  

Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

 Gobble Gobble KCOY Turkey Drive!Gobble

Please join us and Gobble at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on Friday, November 18th for the KCOY Turkey Drive. We will be collecting turkeys, food and monetary donations from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM . The need has increased by 25% this year and our goal is to raise 1,000 turkeys and $10,000.This will provide over 300,000 meals this holiday season. KCOY will have  live coverage throughout the day and lot's of fun activities.  If you or your business would like to get involved please contact Wendy Lewis at (805) 235-0919 or  Help us make sure everyone has a special meal on their table!

How can you help this holiday season?Holiday Barrell 2011

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Are you wondering how you can help? 


Volunteer: We have several ways you can help. Our greatest need is for volunteers to hand out "wish lists" at local grocery stores to encourage shoppers to donate. This opportunity is available to volunteers of all ages. A second way to help would be to help sort donations at either of our warehouse locations in Paso Robles or Oceano. These are just a couple of the opportunities, please contact Megan Chicoine (805) 835-6716 or for more information. 


Donate: For every $1 you donate, the Food Bank can distribute 7 meals to those in need. Donate online or mail a check to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, P.O. Box 2070 Paso Robles, CA 93447. All donations to the Food Bank are tax deductible.


Host a food & funds drive: Want to get your community involved? Host a food & funds drive. We will make it easy for you by providing the barrel, money boxes and support! 


Sponsor an event:  Whether it is sponsoring our campaign, holding an event that spreads awareness, the Food Bank's partners are an essential part of our fight to end hunger in our community. To become a partner in hope please contact Wendy Lewis at (805) 235-0919.

Removing Hurdles for the Hungry...


Governor Brown signed a package of bills to improve food security and support for lower-income seniors and working families in California. On October 6th, the Governor signed Bill AB 152, sponsored by California Association of Food Banks, which creates income tax credits to growers for voluntary donations to food banks. Bill AB 6 has also been signed, eliminating finger imaging as a requirement in the CalFresh application process. California will be the last state to eliminate the requirement that food-stamp recipients get fingerprinted. The changes in food policy are a great cause for celebration as the need for Food Bank assistance continues to grow. This will allow families that qualify to use Federal dollars to support our local economy. 

From Your Friends,


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2212 Golden Hill Rd. 
(805) 238-4664 

Oceano Warehouse 
1820 Railroad Rd. 
(805) 481-4652 
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. 

 John & Eloise Kohal

 Happy 65th  Anniversary to John & Eloise Kohal.  Thank you for serving the hungry for over 30 years! 


John & Turkey

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