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SLO County Food Bank building new warehouse

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The San Luis Obispo County Food Bank announced Friday that it bought property to build a new warehouse. They said the new facility on Kendall road in San Luis Obispo is a huge step forward in their growth. But, it does mean that the two other warehouses will be closed. Some volunteers said that will make it difficult for them to get food to those in need.

Food bank officials said they've outgrown their spaces, "Operating two warehouses creates a lot of redundancy, inefficiencies and communication and monitoring controls." So, they said building one centrally located warehouse to operate more efficiently and save money. "We know that the people we serve throughout the county will be served better," said Carl Hansen, Chief Executive Officer for the Food Bank Coalition.

But, one facility means the other locations in Oceano and Paso Robles will be closed for good.

Betty Ashton is a volunteer for two agencies that work with the food bank location in Oceano. She said most of the volunteers are older and the commute may stop some from helping. "A lot of them are seniors, and putting the gas in their cars out of their own pockets. to take the extra time and the extra gas money to go to San Luis," Ashton said.

Food bank officials said they will do an online and delivery service, but Ashton thinks the need is just too high. "I just don't see how it's going to work, there's a lot of issues. If the agencies can't do it, then what are the people going to do, where they going to go?"

Food bank officials said they are breaking ground on the site either this June or July and hope to be moved in by summer of 2016.

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