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Food for Thought...



Have you noticed that zombies have become very popular lately?  I first noticed when my grandchildren introduced me to a video game called Plants & Zombies (or something like that).  I even ran across a Food Bank somewhere having a ZombieFest.  What is this fascination with something so creepy?  Why don't we focus on the really scary things in life, like going hungry, living on the streets, or no access to medical care?  Maybe those things are too close to home for us.  They actually could happen so let's forget about those, and play with zombies.  My blog this week is a reflection on observance of Halloween.  It's traditionally a Christian observance, you know, the Eve of All Saints Day.  It's roots go much deeper, and it holds some wonderful lessons about how to respond to the things that really scare us.  

Ending Hunger One Step at a Time
Hunger Walk 3 Photos

The 4th annual Hunger Walk took place on Saturday, September 22nd at 7 sites throughout the county. This years walk brought together 750 walker and raised over $50,000. Thank you to our sponsors and supporters who made this event possible. The overall TOP WALKER for 2012, by .50 cents is Pat Mangione


 Top Walker by City: 

Atascadero                                                                5-Cities

1. Grace Emanuelson $655                    1. Betsy Erhler $527

2. Rob McNerlin $560                              2. Kush Family $361

3. Larry Caris $437                 3. Consella, Cox & Hilton $355


Cambria                                                                 Morro Bay 

1. Consuelo Macedo $1,350      1. Pat Mangione $1,350.5

2. Doreen Slezak $205                             2. Paula Hulet $838

3. Ehrler & Perez $150                          3. Judith Schloss $434


Nipomo                                                                Paso Robles

1. Barbara Owens $377                       1. Jackie Sebro $350

2. Gail Winn-Jones $225                    2. Irene St. Onge $160

3. Greg Dutra $175                                   3. Lee Perkins $155



1. Andrew Reis $1,035              

2. Richard Mortensen $645  

3. Janine Rands $637             


Top Teams by City

Morro Bay - Team Trinity $3,071

Atascadero - 1st Assembly of God $2,025

Cambria - Santa Rosa Church $1,570

5-Cities - South County People's Kitchen $1,555

SLOAtheists United $1,190 

Paso Robles - Loaves & Fishes $863

Nipomo - Nipomo Presbetyerian Church $377  

Munchkin March
MarchHundreds of tiny tots will hit the streets of San Luis Obispo on Thursday, October 25th for the 4th annual Munchkin March. The annual event is hosted by the Mindful Mothers who's mission is to teach little ones the importance of giving back and volunteering. The group will be kicking off the parade with a gathering at the SLO Mission Plaza. The little ones are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or monetary donations for the Food Bank. 
Music for the Soul
Music for the Soul
"Help us feed the hungry in our Community" 

Hosted by St. James' Church on  Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Paso Robles. Join us at 5 PM Wine & hors d'oeuvres, 6 PM concert with Pianist Rudolf Budginas


Concert with Dinner at one of our four sponsor restaurants - $125 pp. *Price includes concert ticket, multi-course dinner,wine and tax. Gratuity not included.

  • Il Cortile 
  • Chico's Seafood Café 
  • Robert's Restaurant 
  • Estrella

OR concert tickets $50 pp

*A portion of the proceeds to benefit Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo and Loaves & Fishes of Paso Robles.


For tickets: Visa or MasterCard by phone call St. James Church at (805) 238-0819 or Pacifica Realty (805) 237-4040. Checks payable to St. James mail to St. James - 514 14th St. Paso Robles, CA 93446 (indicate restaurant choice). 

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In This Issue
Hunger Walk Recap
Munchkin March
Music for the Soul
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Turkey Drive 

The annual KCOY Turkey Drive will take place on Friday, November 16th at Sierra Vista Medical Center from 6 AM to 6:30 PM. For every $10 donation to the Food Bank we can provide a holiday meal to our neighbors in need. You can also drop off a frozen turkey to our warehouses. 



Paso Warehouse
2212 Golden Hill Rd. 
P: (805) 238-4664 
F: (805) 238-6956

Oceano Warehouse 
1820 Railroad Rd. 
P: (805) 481-4652 
F: (805) 481-4698

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Isn't it interesting that the holiday season of November and December each year actually begins with Halloween? The ghosts and goblins, witches and black cats, monsters and lots of zombies, will come knocking to welcome us into the holiday spirit ... Continue reading →...»

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?