The SLO Food Bank is the 35th Assembly District's nonprofit of the year, as named by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.
Cunningham presented the award to the food bank Wednesday at a brief ceremony.
A large celebration is usually held in Sacramento upon receiving this honor, but a smaller event was organized with covid-19 safety guidelines in mind.
The CEO of the food bank says being recognized shines a light on the mission the organization serves.
“The face of hunger changed during the coronavirus. It’s your neighbors, it’s friends, it’s family members, it’s children. About a quarter of the people we serve are children. Another quarter of them are seniors,” said Garret Olson with the food bank.
Seventy percent of funding for the food bank comes from local donors.
Every dollar donated to the food bank provides seven meals for those in need.