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Food for Thought...



Valentine's Day is all about love. Legend has it that it started early in the life of Christianity when a priest named Valentinus secretly married persons who were not allowed to do so by the authorities or the customs of the day. Over the centuries it has flourished as a special day in many countries to tell someone they are special - usually with a Valentine's Card. A card can come in many forms. We get them all the time at the Food Bank. Every day is Valentine's Day for us. The Valentines take the form of someone making a donation of food or money to help someone unknown to them - a reminder to a hungry person that they are special and not forgotten. The Food Bank is the delivery system - a sort of Post Office - delivering messages of love throughout the county.


This newsletter is a Valentine back to you, our donors, who reach out in love and concern for your neighbors. Without you we could not remind those in need that
someone cares about them. 

Thank You For Your Support
The following are just some of the people and organizations we wish to thank for their recent support:  
United Way's Community Impact Grant of $5,000 for our Fresh Produce Program 
The S.L. Gimbel Foundation, a $10,000 grant for our Farm to Family Program 
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a $15,000 unrestricted grant in support of our varied nutrition and education efforts in the county
The Paso Wine Country Alliance for their $9,500 grant in support of our Healthy Food for Local Families Program
PG & E and its employees for their continuing support through their "Campaign for the Community" and their $10,000 gift during our Holiday Food Drive
Mr. B. Wayne Hughes, for his $20,000 challenge to the community during our Holiday Food Drive
Our local media for their generosity and cooperation with us to "tell the story" of those in need
Our participants in the Silver Legacy Campaign for a Healthier Community 
The USDA for the Food Commodities Program 
FEMA for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program 
Our local grocery stores which donate over 100,000 lbs of rescued food annually
The many non-profits that partner with us to serve those who are hungry 
The hundreds of volunteers who make Food Bank operations and our new GleanSLO Program possible
And a huge grateful heart to all of you, our friends and supporters, who make our community better and healthier because you care.
Will You Be My Valentine?
Have A Heart 2012
From February 1st - March 3rd Food 4 Less locations in Atascadero, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo are becoming collection sites for Valentines, as people respond to the Have A Heart Food & Funds Drive, donating Valentines to those in need. We'll deliver those Valentines in the form of nutritious food for the families who are not making ends meet, are homeless, or are seniors living on fixed incomes. In the past 2 years, together with our community we have raised $30,000 through this event. Customers can make a minimum donation of $1, symbolizing their commitment to help end hunger in our community. Although food donations are always appreciated, monetary donations are really the bread and butter that allow the Food Bank to maximize our effort.  
Thank you Food 4 Less for your support! 
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Thanks For Your Support
Have a Heart Food Drive
Quick Links
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

Hunger Facts 


1 in 6 reach out for help. 



of your neighbors are hungry. 


$1 donated provides


worth of food. 


Your donation


in SLO County. SFSP


40% of Food Bank recipients are under the age of

Produce at Distribution 

Did you know that 48% of what we distribute is fresh produce? 



Needed!  Hope for the Holidays

 Spring Food Drive 

 March 11th - 

April 11th  

Contact Jeanine at

(805) 235-1180