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Coronavirus has demanded more from the SLO Food Bank than ever before

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Posted at 7:32 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 10:35:23-04

The SLO Food Bank has seen drastic change in less than 10 weeks and the need for the community's help has never been greater.

On Friday, the food bank will hold one of its largest fundraisers of the year during Hunger Awareness Day. COVID-19 not only has changed the added need for the day this year, but also how it will be conducted.

To raise money, SLO Food Bank will be holding the fundraiser virtually with online activities and a virtual tour of the food bank on Friday.

People will also see floor stickers in grocery stores giving them the chance to text "FEED805" to 707070 through their phone.

To outline the need, it is worth noting the SLO Food Bank had six months of inventory at the start of the pandemic.

In just three weeks, that sunk to less than two months worth of inventory.

Need has tripled for food bank distribution and partners that will likely continue for years to come, according to newly appointed CEO Garret Olson.

"If you just gave us the amount of a Netflix subscription, $12 to $13 a month, you will feed 45 people a month," he said. "And that is such an incredible, incredible effort and partnership and we would love for people to consider being sustaining donors to the food bank."

Join us this week as we continue to highlight the SLO Food Bank's work during the pandemic from the people in the warehouse to the partnerships with small towns.

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