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Food For Thought

Our nation remembers today the "Dream Speech" by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago, August 28, 1963. I'm old enough to remember the speech, but it means so much more to me now.  I'd love to start a conversation around this anniversary with our newsletter readers, What does this speech and the civil rights movement mean to you?  How has the civil rights movement affected your life?  What remains of the promise of civil rights for all to be fulfilled in America?  I'll start by briefly sharing my experience then and now.  If you'd like to join me, just click on the Blog, and don't be shy about sharing. 


Carl Hansen, Chief Executive Officer 
Welcome Our New Staff 
GleanSLO Program Manager, Jen Miller 
Jen Miller


As the new Program Manager for GleanSLO, I am committed to preserving and strengthening that opportunity for connection. I am returning to the workforce after taking some time off to raise my two children and create a homestead with my family. Prior to my decision to stay home with my kids and farm, I enjoyed my role as the executive director of ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support, a local nonprofit family resource center. Healthy communities value fresh food. As we harvest together, sweat together and get to know each other, we will gain a stronger appreciation of fresh food and each other. In this way, we begin to change how our society values local, fresh food. 


Children's Programs Manager, Andrea Keisler  


I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. After graduating from San Luis Obispo High School in 1995 I went to college in Maine and lived in Vermont, Oregon, and New Mexico over the next fourteen years. I came back to the Central Coast four
years ago to be near family. I live in Los Osos with my husband, son, and daughter. My work experience is primarily in nutrition education and community outreach. I became interested in this field as an Americorps VISTA volunteer working with the Oregon Food Bank in Portland, OR in 2000. Since then, I have worked in schools and with organizations partnered with schools. I taught culinary arts and nutrition for Cooking with Kids in Santa Fe, NM, and most recently taught nutrition to elementary students from Santa Maria to Paso Robles for the UC Cooperative Extension CalFresh Nutrition Education Program. I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to manage
the Children's Meal Program and excited to expand it throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

Lovin' Lunchbox Update 
  Summer Feeding 2013

The Lovin' Lunchbox Summer Lunch Program had its biggest summer yet!  This summer the Food Bank sponsored 18 free lunch sites throughout San Luis Obispo County, from San Miguel in the north to Nipomo in the south.  Working closely with the Culinary Arts Academy in Paso Robles, San Luis Coastal Unified School Nutrition Services, and Lucia Mar Unified School Nutrition Services, we served 15,592 lunches to children in June, July and August.  With help from a $220,00 donation from Must! Charities in Templeton towards our North County Children's Programs, we plan on tripling the number of children served in our summer lunch program and after school snack program in the coming year.

Hunger Walk
HW 2013
Saturday, September 21st 
Check-in @ 1 PM 
Walk @ 2 PM 
Have you registered for the 2013 Hunger Walk? Register as an individual, a team or a business at 
NORTH COUNTY - Atascadero Lake Park

SAN LUIS OBISPO - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
SOUTH COUNTY- Elm St. Park, Arroyo Grande 
COASTAL COMMUNITIES - St. Timothy's, Morro Bay


Questions? Email: 


Can't join the walk? You can still make a donation to the Hunger Walk and help make a difference.


We are also excited to announce our new Friends Asking Friends Page. This new feature allows you to collect online donations from your Facebook friends and email contacts as well as friends and family. 

After you register, create your personalized fundraising page at: 

The walk will take place at four regional sites conveniently located across the county. All walk locations are approximately 1 mile. 


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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

Blog for Thought

50 years ago, I was 19 and a sophomore at Santa Clara University, aware of but not involved in the Civil Rights movement and the struggles of the poor and minorities in our country. As a young man who could ... 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? 

Coast Cares Coast Cares Radio-A-Thon 

Sept. 13th 

on Coast 101.3 

from 6 AM to 6 PM. Become a Friend of the Food Bank! We will have some great incentives! 


Register Today! 

Hunger Walk 

Sept. 21st 

Check-in @ 1 PM

Walk @ 2 PM 

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Joy & Joan

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