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This is an overview of the SLO Food Bank, what we do, who we serve and how you can help.

This is an overview of the SLO Food Bank, what we do, who we serve and how you can help.

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  • 1. +The Food Bank CoalitionSan Luis Obispo County Carl Hansen, Executive Director Wendy Lewis, Associate Director www.slofoodbank.org Follow us! (805) 238-4664
  • 2. + 23 Years & Counting… 1989: 2012: !  Two warehouses !  Small building, 2000 sq ft !  Paso Robles & Oceano !  One ice cream truck !  20,000+ square feet !  Handful of volunteers !  23 FT/PT staff !  40,000 pounds of food !  500+ volunteers !  5.5 million pounds of food !  13 trucks including 1 semi !  Our overhead is less than 5% !  Each $1 provides 7 nutritious meals
  • 3. + The Food Bank Operation!  The basic story – “food in, food out”!  Sources of food: !  Feeding America !  CAFB – Farm to Family !  Grocery store partnerships !  USDA !  Wholesale !  Donations !  Food Bank food drives !  Community food drives !  Farmers !  Backyard gardeners !  GleanSLO
  • 4. + Who We Served in 2011 !  44,000 of Your Neighbors are Hungry !  The highest number in our history !  1 in 6 Residents of SLO County (269,237) Reached Out For Help !  400,000 Incidents of Service Were Reported !  This is the largest number, it counts every nutritious meal & every healthy snack !  Direct Services only (Not including agency partnerships) !  Who is hungry !  40% are children !  Next largest group is seniors !  Many are low-income families !  Disabled, veterans !  Homeless !  Contrary to popular belief !  48% have at least one working adult
  • 5. + Agency Partners, Direct Distributions & Outreach Programs!  Agency Partners !  We provide food to over 225 non-profits !  Requirements: !  Serve low-income residents of SLO County !  501 (c) 3 & SafeServe Certified !  Monitored & Quarterly Reporting!  Direct Distributions !  EFAP !  Harvest Bag !  Healthy Food for Local Families !  Lovin’ Lunchbox (SFSP) !  Senior Brown Bag!  Outreach Programs !  CalFresh/Food Stamps !  GleanSLO
  • 6. + Agency Partners !  225 non-profit agency partners countywide !  Food pantries !  Salvation Army, King’s Cupboard !  Recovery programs !  Gryphon Society, Captive Hearts !  After school programs !  Boys & Girls Club, People’s Self-Help Housing, YMCA !  Kitchens !  People’s Kitchen, Senior Nutrition !  Shelters !  ECHO, Maxine Lewis, Prado Day Center
  • 7. + Direct Distribution Programs!  EFAP – Emergency Food Assistance Program !  USDA Commodities program !  Clients self-certify !  A family of 4 Annual income less than ~$33,525 !  !  44 sites county-wide !  Healthy Food for Local Families !  Food distributed in partnership with 11 local schools !  Senior Brown Bag !  Provides 111,684 lbs of food to low income seniors
  • 8. + Direct Distribution Programs !  Harvest Bag !  Originated out of the tradition of gleaning !  30+ year history !  Now under Food Bank umbrella !  5 sites county-wide !  Weekly distributions !  Serves ~9,600 families a month !  Based out of our Oceano Warehouse
  • 9. + Direct Distribution Programs!  Children’s Programs !  Over 16,000 of our clients are children!  Lovin’ Lunchbox Program !  Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP) !  Provides a nutritious meal during summer months !  Free & reduced lunch is not available when is school is not in session!  Back Pack Snack Pack !  Provides a nutritious snack to low income children in after-school programs !  Over 19,202 snacks were served in 2011. !  In 2012, the program will be expanded to 14 sites.
  • 10. + Outreach Programs!  Cal Fresh !  Formerly known as “Food Stamps” !  Nationally know as “SNAP” !  Most efficient way to help enroll eligible residents. !  Connecting qualified residents with Federally earmarked funds to stimulate our local economy. !  Collaboration with the Dept. of Social Services and our agency partners. !  Bilingual coordinator who outreaches to potential clients, while advocating on their behalf.
  • 11. + Outreach Programs!  GleanSLO !  Harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste. !  Creates a!community culture that utilizes healthy, locally grown food. !  Unites farmers, health advocates,!food providers,!backyard gardeners and! community volunteers together to harvest and!donate produce gleanings! into our local!food system !  Began in 2010 !  22,000 lbs. gleaned !  2011 !  Almost 40,00 lbs.
  • 12. + Fundraising & Events!  Food Drive Events !  Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service !  January !  Have A Heart Food Drive February !  !  KCOY Spring Food Drive !  March/April !  Stamp Out Hunger May !  !  Turkey Drive !  November !  Hope for the Holidays !  November/December
  • 13. + Fundraising & Events!  Main Events !  25th Anniversary Capital Campaign !  Feb./ March !  Hunger Awareness Day !  June 1st !  Hunger Hurts Everyone (Social Media Campaign) February !  !  Concert in Vineyard !  July !  Vinos de las Frutas !  August !  Hunger Walk !  Sept. 23rd !  Friends of the Food Bank !  TBA
  • 14. + Fundraising & Events !  Direct Mail Campaigns !  Feinstein Letter !  March/ April !  Board Chair Letter !  August !  Thanksgiving Letter !  November !  Holiday Letter !  December !  Tribune Envelope !  June & December
  • 15. + What Can You Do? !  Support for the Food Bank keeps SLO County strong !  Healthier people use fewer medical services !  Seniors can live more comfortably on fixed incomes !  Well fed workers are more productive !  Children can reach their full potential !  What you can do !  Create a business partnership with us !  Support events, food & donation drives !  Donate – money, food, supplies !  Donate online - www.slofoodbank.org $1 = 10lbs. of food or 7 nutritious meals
  • 16. + They’re Not Just Statistics! "!Dear Staff of the Food Bank, My daughter, my sister and I feel deepest gratitude for your kindness towards us (and others in previous financial need). Frankly, we would not eat some basic nutritious food if it wasnt for you, and the generous folk who donate. Since my physical condition is exceedingly fragile, you are probably keeping me alive and I thank you! Thank you for your kindness, !-!Your appreciative neighbor"