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Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


One of the joys of working at the Food Bank is that we get mail - lots of the old-fashioned kind as well as e-mail.  The mail often has a check with a handwritten note.  It's almost always a word of encouragement; "Thanks for all that you do."  "Keep up the good work."  "Wish we could do more to help in your work."  Or, a simple, "We appreciate you."  They speak overtly what is implied in every gift we receive - "This is intended to bring encouragement to people whom we don't know but care about. 


We also get notes like this one in our newsletter today that tells us how important the food we provide really is, and how uplifted our recipients are when they receive it.  They speak for all of our recipients, I'm sure.  The food that donations provide for those in need is not the whole substance of your contributions; it is also the gift of yourself in a very personal, if anonymous way to those who need encouragement. 


   Dear Staff of the Food Bank,

My daughter, my sister and I feel deepest gratitude for your kindness towards us (and others in previous financial need). Frankly, we would not eat some basic nutritious food if it wasn't for you, and the generous folk who donate. Since my physical condition is exceedingly fragile, you are probably keeping me alive and I thank you! Thank you for your kindness,

 - Your appreciative neighbor"


Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

Hope for the Holidays Movie Night!

 Movie Night

The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more heartfelt warmth or observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad  and doting mom regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign. 


Join the Food Bank along with Park Cinemas of Paso Robles and Wilshire Health & Community Services, Inc. for the 1st annual Hope for the Holidays Movie Night - Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 PM. Ticket are $20 and include a raffle ticket, glass of wine (soda if under the age of 21), and a movie snack-pack. Seating is limited to 200 people so be sure to purchase your tickets before we sell out! They can be purchased at Park Cinemas, the Food Bank or over the phone at (805) 238-4664. 

Pizza is a Vegetable...
Pizza is a vegetableWith cuts to spending, Congress wants to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines.  The new bill reversed the standards proposed earlier this year by the Department of Agriculture. 
Specifically, the provisions would: 
  • Block the Agriculture Department from limiting starchy vegetables, including corn and peas, to two servings a week.
  • Allow USDA to count two tablespoons of tomato paste as a vegetable, as it does now.
  • Require further study on long-term sodium reduction requirements set forth by the USDA guidelines.
  • Require USDA to define "whole grains" before they regulate them. 

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Zurn Wilkins Zurn Wilkins


Zurn Wilkins was very proud and honored to participate in the November Food Drive for the SLO Food Bank.


 "We felt it very important to contribute to our community which we feel is part of our extended family. When I presented the Food Drive to the company, it was important to highlight what we could do as individuals and a company to make a difference. I hear and see on the media about countries or families that need assistance and I wanted to help but did not know what I could do. This was a way where we could all contribute and make a difference for a family or individuals. We gave ourselves a stretch goal of reaching 2000 pounds for our three week food drive. The previous year we raised 775 pounds so we wanted to really challenge ourselves. We gave ourselves weekly themes to make it fun." 


 - Marguerite Hull, Customer Service Process Engineer
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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. 


Thank you for supporting us during the KCOY Turkey Drive. We collected over 1,000 turkeys &  $10,938.  
Thank you to our sponsors:  
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
VS Marine
Morrison Food Group
Twin Cities Community Hospital
98.1 Kjug 
93.3 KZOZ 


TD 2011