SLO Food Bank helped to feed more that 125,000 kids this summer
Food bank received $30,000 grant from Hunger Is
-One out of five children in San Luis Obispo County face hunger. Summer can be a difficult time for these children who rely on free or reduced price breakfast and lunch programs at school during the school year. A $30,000 grant to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County from the group Hunger Is provided healthy breakfasts to children facing hunger in San Luis Obispo County. Hunger Is is a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, two organizations that focus on health, human services and positive social change for local communities.
“Our families love that their children have access to free healthy meals as part of our summer program, it helps simplify their lives that much more so they can focus on providing for their families during the day, and spending quality time with their children at night,” said Meghan Harris, Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County.
The SLO Food Bank’s Summer Breakfast Bag program provides one month’s worth of healthy breakfast items, nutrition information and fun recipes in a reusable bag for each participating child. The breakfast bags were delivered to high need locations serving families with children. “Transportation is a real barrier for low-income families in rural areas without grocery stores nearby, especially during the summer when kids are home during the day. Breakfast Bags are a great way of getting a large volume of healthy food to children and teens in the more rural and remote areas of our County, said Jen Miller, Director of Programs at 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 its direct food programs and network of community partners. Their mission is to alleviate hunger in the county and build a healthier community. Last year they distributed nearly six million pounds of food to help county residents struggling with hunger. Nearly half of the food distributed was fresh produce, including over 200,000 pounds harvested locally by their GleanSLO program. They collaborate with the national network of food banks and effectively utilize their team of 1,800 volunteers. Learn more about the Food Bank Coalition on their website.
Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health related outcomes.