To support the SLO Food Bank's pandemic relief efforts, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) donated $2,500 to the food bank, matching CoastHills Credit Union's recent donation.
According to a news release from the SLO Food Bank, this matching grant will help provide nutritious meals to 17,500 children, seniors and families in San Luis Obispo County during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The safety net that SLO Food Bank provides is essential for people in the area who are struggling financially because of this pandemic," said Marietta Núñez, senior vice president and community investment officer at FHLBank San Francisco.
A spokesperson for the SLO Food Bank said these donations come at a time when the local community is experiencing a 254 percent increase in hunger since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are approximately 117,000 San Luis Obispo County residents experiencing food insecurity, which researchers said is a staggering 41 percent of the countywide population.