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Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


As we begin 2012, all of us at the Food Bank Coalition are full of gratitude.  While the need during 2011 was tremendous, there are signs that the economy is on a constant, if slower-than-we-would-like path to recovery.  


We are grateful for the generosity of our county residents, who when presented with the challenge of meeting the hunger needs during 2011, responded more generously than ever.  We will end the year financially healthy and ready to face the challenges of 2012! We are grateful for our hundreds of volunteers, who put a human face on the act of giving, whether in our warehouses, offices, distribution sites, driving a truck or fundraising events.  We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers who give of their time, talent, and heart to make our work not only possible, but bountiful.  


Finally, we are grateful for the people we serve.  They are neighbors with whom we share the task of building a compassionate community that recognizes the values of unity, sharing, and hope.  Our neighbors in need give all of us the wisdom to know that we can make a difference, and the courage to do it.  Their dignity is a reminder that life is more than never having to ask for help.  Thank you all for being with us in the journey of fighting hunger.  


Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

All aBoard!


With the beginning of the new year, the Food Bank Coalition Board welcomes four new members, and thanks those whose terms are ending.  Thank you to: 

  • Dr. Doug Major held the longest tenure, completing 16 years of service.  He provided excellent leadership skills as Board Chair, had a passion for our mission and worked hard to make the community aware of our good works. 
  • Carissa Nepstead, the most junior member of the board, completed four years of service, three of them as Secretary.  Coming from a marketing background, her helpful advice made a big impact.
  • John Harrison completed six years of service, having served as President and Treasurer. His leadership and financial background were instrumental in our budgeting process. 
  • Susan Stenovec served her 3-year term having been active in GleanSlo and the Governance Committee. She brought her passion for nutrition, ensuring the Food Bank provides the healthiest food possible. 

In 2012 we welcome our newest members: 

  • Tony Bianco is a retired consultant with an interest in helping with development.  
  • Ellen Curtis is one of the principals in the Recipe/Whizbang Marketing, whose firm has donated web development and promotions.  
  • Tom Stenovec is a business consultant, with a strong business background in financial and strategic planning, 
  • Stewart Ehrhardt is IT Manager locally for PG&E. He brings corporate knowledge along with his IT strengths. 

MLK Day 

Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service

 "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" 


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Food Bank Coalition is conducting a bag drop for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Every year hundreds of volunteers gather to distribute bags at neighborhoods throughout the county. 


Join us this year on Saturday, January 14th at 8:30 AM and on Monday, January 16th at 8:30 AM. We will be dropping bags in Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Morro Bay/ Los Osos, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, & Templeton.  Register today on our website


Make It A Day On. Not A Day Off.  

Lovin Lunchbox


Central Coast Funds for Children 

 The Food Bank was awarded a $3,000 grant to expand our Lovin' Lunchbox program to eight sites in 2012 by the members of Central Coast Funds for Children. The lunchbox program which began in 2011, provides children who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year with free, nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months. Thank you for helping us provide food to SLO County's struggling children.

 Lovin' Lunchbox

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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 2011, we distributed 5.5 million pounds of food. 


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


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