Community Foundation awards $15,800 grant to SLO County Food Bank
Funds helped launch a pilot “No-Cook Bags” program
—The Community Foundation SLO County recently awarded a $15,800 Grant To the SLO County Food Bank. This grant will help the SLO County Food Bank connect individuals living in homelessness in south San Luis Obispo County with “No-Cook bags”.
All food items are shelf stable, meaning they do not require refrigeration. The product being included is unique because it does not require cooking or a can opener. These bags also contain key protein items and are packed by dedicated volunteers each week at the Food Bank’s central warehouse facility.
Partner agencies from the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition pick-up and distribute around 300 bags each month to individuals and families without access to a kitchen.
“We have given a few to a homeless father who is in the SLO shelter. His kids go to our local schools, so he often comes to our office for services. He loved the bags, and right away the kids ate the fruit. He also said the pistachios are a favorite. I originally gave him one and then the next day he asked for more,” said Mary Squellati from the Oceano Family Resource Center.
The Hugo & Erna Klaproad Fund that is held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County provided this grant. The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County provides leadership and encourages charitable giving for the issues that improve and enhance lives in the county. In 19 years, the CFSLOCO has given out more than $28 million in grants to assist nonprofit agencies. For more information on the CFSLOCO or any funds, call 543-2323 or log onto www.cfsloco.org.
About the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
The Food Bank Coalition is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, serving all of San Luis Obispo County through food distribution programs and a network of community partners. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. Last year we distributed nearly 6 million pounds of food to help our neighbors facing with hunger. Nearly half of the food we distributed was fresh produce, To learn how to help, visit www.slofoodbank.org.