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Food for Thought...



Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


Have you ever noticed that when you have a huge meal you think it will keep you full for days, but when the next morning comes, your stomach is growling, hungrier than ever?  It happens to me every Thanksgiving.  I think of that at this time of year after the holidays when we have fed so many people, trying to make sure our recipients can have a holiday meal, too.  But then tomorrow comes - January.  Our cupboards have lots of empty spaces and people are still hungry.  

We all know that hunger is an everyday experience. Healthy bodies need sustenance daily, not irregularly, and certainly not just during the holidays.  Hunger is not something we can stop thinking about for another year. When you think about it, the holidays are not meant to be something we celebrate just once a year, but a reminder of what we could and should be experiencing all year round.  The joy of giving can permeate our lives, lifting us to a more satisfied, more peaceful, and more hopeful reality.  Giving makes every day a Thanksgiving Day, and we won't have to worry about being hungry again tomorrow.  Thank you for helping us help so many have a happier Holiday Season and all throughout the year. 

Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

A Year in Review 

With the beginning of the new year, we thought we would look back at the changes of hunger in 2011:


44,000 of Your Neighbors are Hungry    

  • 2011 Need was the Highest Ever
  • 1 in 6 were Hungry and Reached out for Help 
  • 400,000 incidents of Service were Reported 

The Season of Love 

 Have A Heart Food Drive

Contrary to popular belief, the hungry people in our community and across the nation are not just the homeless. Often those in need are employed, or live in a family with someone who is employed. These are the working poor, those who struggle to provide the daily essentials that so many of us take for granted. Your donation of $1 provides 7 nutritious meals to a neighbor in need.


Last year the Food Bank Coalition in partnership with Food 4 Less raised $10,000. This year they stretched the goal to $15,000. Food 4 Less locations in Atascadero, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo will be giving customers opportunities to donate by purchasing a pink heart. This paper heart symbolizes your commitment to help end hunger in your community. Although food donations are always appreciated, monetary donations are really the bread and butter that allow the Food Bank to maximize their effect.


Every little bit counts and no act of kindness is too small. Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." The Food Bank has made it their mission to give back to those in need making sure that no one goes hungry. If you would like to join them, stop by your local Food 4 Less and purchase a heart at the check stand or drop of your non-perishable items at one of the SLO county locations.

Harvest Bag
Harvest Bag
* Photo Courtesy of Steve Miller, New Times 


The program was started in South County by a group of women in 1979. In the early years, these tireless residents gleaned leftover produce from local farmers, and solicited food donations from local grocery stores and bakeries.  In 2003, Harvest Bag joined forces with the Food Bank and is now one of our most successful programs. 


The group established their first Wednesday morning food giveaway at Soto Field in Arroyo Grande that continues to this day. Now, 33 years later the group distributes food at 6 sites county-wide. Dozens of volunteers pack upwards of 700 bags of food for lines of people who show up each week.


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Over 150 volunteers throughout the county gathered together to serve for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. On Saturday, January 14th & Monday, January 16th volunteers distributed and collected bags of non-perishable food items. Together the ... Continue reading →...

Paso Warehouse
2212 Golden Hill Rd. 
(805) 238-4664 

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

2011 Need was the highest ever. 


1 in 6 Reached out for help. 


400,000 Incidents of Service were Reported. 


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


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

 Have a Heart

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MLK 2012


Thank you to AmeriCorps for partnering with the Food Bank for the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.