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Food for Thought

There's a lot of buzz in the community about the new capacity we have at the Food Bank to provide summer meals and snacks to our children in north county because of the Must! Charities grant we recently received.  We are very grateful for the generous support of Must! Charities. 


This grant is representative of most grants that the Food Bank and other non-profits receive.  They provide help to expand current programs, and they require local partners working together to provide the programs.  They also expect the programs to continue indefinitely after the time period of the grant has passed.  With creative planning, lots of collaboration, and no small amount of courage, non-profits move forward into the future, grateful for the help of the government, foundations, and thousands of local residents and business people to provide the funds that keep us going in the service of those in need. 

Carl Hansen 

Chief Executive Officer 

Real Food for Real Children  
Must! Charities a local North County nonprofit has made a commitment to the Food Bank's Real Food For Real Children program. The program currently feeds 500 children in the North County during the summer months, when free or reduced lunch is no longer available.  Throughout the county, there are 16,000 children receiving free or reduced lunch. 
It's a two-year, $220,000 grant to provide the capacity to serve 1,500 children by the end of the first year of the grant, and grow to 2,500 children by the end of the second year of the grant.  After that, because of the size of the number of meals, and the reimbursements we receive from the California Department of Education through the Summer Food Service Program (Using USDA funds in the Farm Bill), we hope to continue to grow the program until all 5,000 or so children in north county who suffer from low or very low food security are being served. So many thanks to Must! Charities, and all of the north county wine industry for their support for non-profits that serve the needs of our communities. 
Hunger Awareness Day 
The 2013 Hunger Awareness Day was held throughout the County on Friday, June 7th. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and our generous sponsors were able to raise $106,536.96!
We Are Hiring! 
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Have you heard about GleanSLO program? We are currently hiring for a new GleanSLO Program Manager. For more information about the duties and responsibilities please visit our website. To apply, send a cover letter and resume along with three letters of recommendation to Wendy Lewis at Please no phone calls. 
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Blog for Thought


There is a lot of time and money spent by non-profits like the Food Bank in the process of writing grants. There's also a lot of competition, which requires non-profits to do their homework, use discretion, and make sure that ... Continue reading →...


Hunger Facts 


Last year, the Food Bank collected and distributed
5.4 million pounds of food. 

1 in 
6 reach out for help. 



of your neighbors are hungry. 


 donated provides


worth of food. 


Your donation


in SLO County. 


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? 




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