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Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


One of the best things about our work in the county is that we have a lot of friends who make the fight against hunger possible.  When you add it all up, it's a huge sacrifice of time and resources.  That's the way it is with charitable works; you cannot give without sacrifice. Whatever you choose not to do, or not to spend money on for yourself, goes to someone who really needs a break and a helping hand.  Many of our donors and volunteers don't have a lot to give, so their time and donations are even more precious to them.  


Others have much, but nothing requires them to be charitable, either.  For example, one of our benefactors over the years has been Mr. Alan Feinstein of New York based Feinstein Foundation.  He matches donations nationwide with a portion of his annual gift of $1 million to help those in need.  It's nice to know your investment is matched by others, multiplied many-fold during the months of March and April. I hope to meet Mr. Feinstein face to face one day.  Meanwhile, let me introduce him to you in this year's Feinstein Letter sent through direct mail and our blog.     


Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

Hunger Hurts 

A campaign designed to educate community members about the reality of hunger in SLO County.


Three Cal Poly Public Relations students, Kelsey Hollenbeck, Chelsea Kitta and Laura Jacobson are interviewing food recipients and volunteers; recording their stories. A series of videos featuring Food Bank clients, volunteers and employees while also incorporating statistics will be launched in March.


The goal of the campaign is to use social media to reach a new audience, to increase awareness of food insecurity and educate people why hunger hurts everyone. We  hope that viewers will be inspired by these videos and make donations of time, money or food. 

... Happy Birthday ... 
Waibel Birthday! 
Susan and Keith Waibel of Morro Bay had a Hollywood inspired 60th birthday bash. The couple asked their friends and family to bring donations for the Food Bank in lieu of gifts. The couple raised over $1,200 and 60 lbs. of food. What a great way to bring in a new decade of life and celebrate what you can do for others. Thank you for thinking of those we help during your birthday celebration. 
Volunteers Needed
 Spring FD 2012


Can you believe that Spring is right around the corner? The first day of Spring, March 20th kicks off the10th annual KCOY Spring Food Drive. We have always greatly appreciated your participation and hope that you can find the same willingness and determination to volunteer. We are currently seeking volunteers in groups or as individuals to distribute "wish lists" at local grocery stores throughout the county.  Without volunteers we might collect a couple cans of food, but with a smiling face we can fill a barrel within a couple of hours. 


March 20th - April 10th

Saturday & Sunday 

10 AM - 6 PM


If you are interested in volunteering please contact: 


Megan Chicoine

(805) 835-6716

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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. 



Did you know that 47% of what we distribute is fresh produce?


Harvest Bag

Harvest Bag is one of our direct distribution programs. Weekly county-wide distributions serve over 9,600 meals.






Glean SLO 

GleanSLO is a new program under the Food Bank. Uniting farmers, health advocates, food providers, backyard gardeners and community volunteers together to harvest and donate produce gleanings 
into our local food system.