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Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County opens new facility

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The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County opened its brand new building on Thursday.

The 20,000 square foot facility is located on Kendall Road in San Luis Obispo.

"It's a huge day for us," said Food Bank CEO Carl Hansen.

On Thursday, local agencies were able to pick up food for those in need from the new warehouse.

"They are able to come to our warehouse facility and pick up orders that they have placed ahead of time, so it's creating a lot of efficiencies for them, saving time," said Food Bank Director of Community Relations Aracely Aceves Lozano. 

Over the past ten years, the SLO Food Bank has tripled its services.

In 2014, it distributed more than 6 million pounds of food. With the new location, it can distribute 12 to 15 million pounds if needed.

"Between our direct services around the county and the agencies that we serve, more and more people are able to have access to healthy food on a regular enough basis to really make a difference in their lives," said Hansen.

The Food Bank strives to provide healthy meals for those who could otherwise not afford them.

And since demand has grown, it's two previous facilities in Paso Robles and Oceano weren't big enough anymore.

"Overall, this new central facility in San Luis Obispo will allow us to store more cold product, so that's frozen and refrigerated goods," continued Lozano.

It can also store more fresh produce, which is now half of the food distributed around the county.

The opening could not have come at a better time with the Season of Hope underway.

"We're especially mindful of the importance in the midst of abundance to also be healthy and to share what we have with others," concluded Hansen.

SLO Food Bank estimates it serves 3,000 to 5,000 meals across the county, each day.

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