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Food for Thought...



Welcome Friends & Supporters! 


Many of us in the Baby Boomer generation have parents who grew up on family farms.  Family farms were common then, sprinkled around the countryside like a patchwork quilt, even in areas that are largely paved now and populated by homes, factories, shopping malls, and theme parks.  Everyone on the farm got up early - no days off because cows need to be milked and animals need to be fed.  You still see some of the old farmhouses framed by the modern noise and speed of freeways, or expansive vineyards, orchards, and row crops.  They remind us of a time now pretty much gone.


A Food Bank is kind of like the old family farm.  While we don't grow the food, we harvest it from wherever we can, by gleaning, rescuing, accepting donations, and trying to raise the money that allows us to feed our family - not a family of four, but of 44,000 in our county. We don't sell our produce and goods, but make it available to those who cannot afford to provide it for themselves on a consistent basis.  It's a big job, and it takes lots of farmhands.  That would be our hundreds of volunteers and donors.  Every day you get up and have to do the chores - no rest for hunger.  We can't dabble in it, because people suffer and children are hurt by hunger and its affect on their developing minds and bodies.  We probably make our volunteers and donors groan - I know we do, sometimes.  But we proudly invite you to work with us, and certainly understand if you need to take a break once in a while.  Thank you for being there.  Maybe it helps to think back to a more pastoral time and know that you're helping our community to take care of themselves and their own.    


Carl Hansen, Executive Director 

Kitchen Angels
Kitchen Angels 
Bob & Linda Burke 
started making kitchen angels out of re-purposed kitchen utensils and vintage cans two years ago.  "We were looking for some way to give back to the community and needed an outlet for a quirky creative drive. Our love of garage sales keep our supply cost down." Kitchen angels can be purchased at the Hands Gallery in San Luis Obispo. 100% of the artists proceeds benefit the Food Bank. 
Have parts you would like to donate? They are especially in need of vintage cans. If you want to help let us know! 
2 BIG Events, 1 GREAT Day
September 22nd 
Hunger Walk 
It's time to put hunger to an end one step at a time. Make the commitment that everyone in our county will have access to the nutritious food they need to be healthy by registering today! It's easy, fun and a great way to get together with members of the community. 

It's kind of a big deal. Do you enjoy German style beer and a good time? The Food Bank is excited to announce that will be participating in the 2012 OkTapItFest at the SLO Mission Plaza. This 21 and over event is from 5 - 9 PM. For $25, your ticket includes admission, beer stein, 1st beer, a sausage and PLENTY of cheer! Get your tickets before they sell out.
Volunteers are NEEDED!! Please email Megan at if you are interested in helping. 
Agency Spotlight
Vintage Community Church     
Vintage Community Church 
The Templeton based church and a group of volunteers have a food give-a-way on the 4th Friday of the month from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The evening distribution serves 84 families. Ken Langworthy, site manager said, "it takes all of us to make a difference". Thank you Vintage Community church for adding adding a new opportunity for people to get nutritious food in our community. 
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Hunger Facts 

2011 need was the highest ever


1 in 6 reach out for help. 


400,000 incidents of service were reported in 2011. 


Every $1 donated provides $10 worth of food.


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?





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