County organizations to get $50,000 in grants from Phillips 66 for COVID-19 response
Funding supports alternate care site and food distribution to those in need
–Local organizations addressing community needs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will get a total of $50,000 in grants from the Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery. The County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services and the SLO Food Bank were both notified that they each will receive $25,000 in grant funding.
“We certainly appreciate Phillips 66 contribution to help us take care of our community,” said Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director. “We are all in this together, and these donations will help provide for community health and put food on peoples’ tables.”
The county will use the funds to support efforts to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of the community by transforming Cal Poly Recreation Center into an alternate care site for COVID-19 patients whose needs are between hospitalization and home care. The site can currently provide a phase-1 surge capacity of 165 beds for patients with COVID-19. The SLO Food Bank will use the funds to distribute food to those in need due to COVID-19.
The county and the SLO Food Bank have also partnered on a program that delivers free food to SLO County residents in need due to COVID-19. Walk-in emergency assistance requests at the food bank have increased dramatically from January to April due to the economic impact of the pandemic and the SLO Food Bank currently needs $93,000 per week to meet the local increase in demand.
“We greatly appreciate this donation to address the explosion of need in our community,” said Garret Olson, COVID Emergency Operations Manager for SLO Food Bank. “We are able to turn every dollar of donated funds into four dollars of food buying power. We encourage those who are able to consider a monthly gift at whatever level you can afford by visiting www.slofoodbank.org. For about the cost of a standard monthly Netflix subscription, you can provide 45 meals to someone in need. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.
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