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Food for Thought...



Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


We all know what's good for us, but that doesn't mean we always act accordingly. Nowhere is this more true than with our eating habits. We seem to be driven by forces beyond our control, and feel we have to tame those urges to eat a juicy cheeseburger with fries and a soda instead of the healthy salad. The obesity problems we face as a society prove that we're not alone. 


The Food Bank seeks to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem in the quality of the food we distribute. We're now up to 45% produce on average in the quantity of food we provide.  We have stricter standards in the kinds of shelf-stable food we handle. We collaborate with organizations such as HEAL SLO, STRIDE of Cal Poly, The University of California Cooperative Extension, SLO County Public Health and others to help educate and inspire people to eat and live healthier. We are also the lead agency in GleanSLO and the San Luis Obispo County Food System Coalition, collaborative organizations dedicated to creating a healthier food culture in our county, from grower to consumer. 


The Food Bank's primary focus is providing healthy food to low-income families and persons. We recognize that we are all part of a culture that isn't usually consistent with what's good for us.  What would it be like if the culture were consistent with what's good for us?  I'll bet we'd all be a lot healthier.  That's a goal worth striving for!  


Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

Nutrition Education 
It's our mission to see that no one in SLO County goes hungry and also to provide nutritious food to those in need. We are excited to announce, that through a partnership with CalFresh Nutrition Education Program and SLO Co. Public Health that we are now able to provide nutrition education. 
Their teams of staff and volunteers will create and teach recipes with produce available at our distributions. In one of the first demos in held at Virginia Peterson Elementary in Paso Robles, 50 clients participated in the fruits and vegetable workshop. recipient stated, "I would never have thought to make this (fruit and vegetable salad, with lime and chile), but it is delicious!" "I'm going to make this when I get home". The goal of the collaboration is to increase the consumption of produce and encourage healthy eating habits.  
Concert in the Vineyard 
 CNV 2012
|July 14th from 1 PM to 4 PM|
Join the Food Bank at the 2nd Annual Concert in the Vineyard at Chamisal Vineyards. This event will feature live music from Dan Curcio of Still Time with special guest Bare Feet. 
Tickets are $25 and include admission, water, glass or flight of wine. Lunch, Gelato, and additional wine available for purchase. Bring a blanket, low back chair or an umbrella. For more information or to purchases tickets, visit or by calling 866.808.WINE (9463). Net proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank and our programs
|Chamisal Vineyards - 7767 Orcutt Rd., SLO|
Taco Bell Makes a Donation
Carl & Taco Bell 

Julie Scott pictured above is the local manager of 5 Taco Bell franchises owned by Engen Enterprises. Julie and her team selected the Food Bank to be a recipient of their non-profit giving program for the second year in a row. 


This year they donated $4,000 to our Hunger Awareness Day fundraiser. This generous donation will provide 28,000 meals to those in need in our community. 


There is still time to donate! All donations during the month of June will be count towards our Hunger Awareness Day goal. 

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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 food or nutritious meals.


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


Produce at Distribution 

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



Concert in the vineyard 2012 



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