Food Bank Coalition of SLO County
March 3, 2014

   Don and Carl
(From left to right: Don Jacobs, Food Bank Coalition's fist Executive Director with current Executive Director Carl Hansen)


        Twenty-five years of Food Bank history was celebrated at our 25th Birthday Party on February 25, 2014.  It was a very special moment to kick-off this year of celebration. If you missed the party, there will be many such moments throughout the year being woven into new programs to fight hunger, supporting the agencies we value as partners, and seeking to inspire the consumption of nutritious food (and limiting those that aren't). Of course, thanking the community for being so encouraging of our work was part of the celebration, and your continuing shoulder to shoulder support is critical to our goal of a healthier community.  So there's lots to come!  While we celebrate, we're on the move, and hope you will continue to walk and work with us on this journey into the future.


Carl Hansen, Chief Executive Officer 
Welcome Our New Staff
Jordan Cooper: Brilliant Beginnings Program Manager
As the new program manager for Brilliant Beginnings, I am thrilled to continue serving the youth of our community who need us most. I grew up in small, rural Kingsburg of the central valley, but have enjoyed living on the central coast for the past several years. I went to school at UC Santa Barbara and volunteered with local youth agencies prior to graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, I then attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where I graduated with a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration. I gained experience in nonprofit work from my role as Interim Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County. I am excited to now be a part of the Food Bank team being responsible for piloting our new breakfast in the classroom program, Brilliant Beginnings,  in hopes of assuring that every child receives a breakfast at the beginning of their school day.
Program updates
GleanSLO will be hosting its second annual Fruit Drive in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 8th from 9am-1pm. Drop off picked fruit at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2201 Laughton Ave, in SLO, across from Meadow Park. Or visit our website to register your fruit trees to be picked by trained volunteers. Together we can collect thousands of pounds of ripe fruit and deliver it to a hungry home.
Brilliant Beginnings is preparing to roll out our new breakfast pilot program to schools scattered though the county at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year. Our intention is to help provide all enrolled students with a free healthy breakfast to start their day. This program will provide a training to key staff as well as the needed kitchen equipment to aid the transition from a traditional cafeteria-style breakfast to the breakfast in the classroom model. Schools who adopt the alternative meal service have seen participation rates as high as 97%, with benefits ranging from increased test scores, decreased absences, fewer trips to the nurses office, as well as a reduction in obesity rates.
Check Presentations 
In lieu of receiving a holiday gift from the hospital, the Sierra Vista Governing Board and Medical Executive Committee requested the funds be donated. This $1,500 gift will provide $15,000 worth of nutritious food! Thank you Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for your continued support.
This is a picture from a fundraising event at the Price Barn in AG.  Steve and Dena Price, Eve Opinion (of SLO Sugar Rush), and George Karmitsos (Artist) all contributed to raise $1,000 for Food Bank as part of their "Collaboration for a Cause" event.


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2212 Golden Hill Rd.
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-2014 Facts- 
Last year, the Food Bank collected and distributed over 6 million pounds of food. 

1 in 6 reach out 
for help. 


44,000 of your neighbors are hungry. 

Every $1 donated provides $10
worth of food. 


Your donation stays 
in SLO County. 
40% of Food Bank recipients are under the age of 18.


Nutrition is TOP Priority, last year nearly 50% of what we distributed was fresh produce. Including over
200,000 lbs harvested by our GleanSLO Program.