Food 4 Less raises $17,500 for Food Bank Coalition
During the entire month of February, Food 4 Less grocery stores in San Luis Obispo County partnered with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County for their 7th annual “Have A Heart” campaign. Generous community members purchased pink paper hearts at the check-out stands of Food 4 Less stores in Paso Robles, Atascadero, and San Luis Obispo to help support the Food Bank’s county-wide effort to end hunger.
The final count is in, and thanks to heartfelt contributions from community members, the 2015 Have A Heart fundraiser generated a total of $15,959 from heart sales. Food 4 Less is also charitably contributing to the total, bringing it to $17,500. Because the food bank is able to provide $10 worth of food for every $1 donated, this donation of $17,500 will be able to provide $175,000 worth of food. “A big thank you to Food 4 Less and community supporters for making the 2015 ‘Have A Heart’ campaign a huge success,” stated Director of Community Relations Arachely Aceves Lozano of the food bank.
More about the Food Bank Coalition
The food bank has made it their mission to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. It distributed six million pounds of food in 2014. Throughout San Luis Obispo County, 44,000 residents rely on the food bank and its network of community partners for supplemental food assistance. To alleviate hunger and meet this need, the food bank coordinates 52 public food distribution sites and works with over 200 non-profit partners to distribute food directly to the community. Thanks to the help of over 1,200 dedicated volunteers the food bank’s overhead is kept at a low six percent.
In addition to their three public food distribution programs, the food bank administers seven other food assistance programs including: Summer Feeding Service Program (Lovin’ Lunchbox), Senior Farmers Market, and GleanSLO. To learn more about the work done by the Food Bank Coalition throughout San Luis Obispo County, go to www.slofoodbank.org.