With increased need during the summer months we want to remind you that the Food Bank provides 49 direct distribution sites throughout the county. We keep our website updated every month, with locations, date and time. Our distributions are subject to change. Be sure to keep these in mind when referring clients. Agency distributions that are open to the public can also be found in the agency section of our website.
During the summer months we also introduce a special program, the Lovin' Lunchbox to assist children 18 and younger. The program provides free nutritious lunches and snacks to children. For times & locations, please refer to our website.
| Agency Spotlight
We would like to give a special THANK YOU to the 14 agencies that partnered with us for the 2012 Hunger Awareness Day.
Aids Support Network, Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, Atascadero Community Link, Captive Hearts, Casa Solano, El Camino Homeless Shelter, Gryphon Society, Kings Cupboard, North County Women's Shelter, Oceano/Nipomo Family Resources Center, Paso Robles Loaves & Fishes, Victory Outreach & Vintage Community Church
Together these agencies collected over $22,000. A percentage of those funds are allocated to their shopping account. For most of the agencies the amount of credit earned during Hunger Awareness Day will supply them with enough money to purchase food for the entire year!
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of the Food Bank. However, harmful bacteria may contaminate fruits and vegetables. Produce that needs refrigeration should be stored below 40˚F within two hours of pickup.
- Throw away leftover, cut produce that has been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours, or one hour if in weather above 90˚F.
- Discard cooked vegetables after three to four days.
- It is best to freeze raw, unwashed fruits and cooked
vegetables. Always wash fruits when ready to eat.