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SLO Food Bank gears up for Hunger Awareness Day

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Jun 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 00:27:54-04

Friday, June 4 is Hunger Awareness Day in San Luis Obispo County.

The fundraiser supports the SLO Food Bank's hunger relief efforts.

"It's our biggest day of the year," explained Garret Olson, SLO Food Bank CEO. "It's vitally important to us because about three-fourths of our annual operating budget comes from local donors. Local donors leaning in and providing us support gives us the strength and stamina throughout the year. Hunger soared 54% during the pandemic and it has yet to come back down to what was already a tragic rate of 1-6 SLO County residents that are food insecure. We're hoping that our community will again lean in and support us."

The SLO Food Bank has a goal of raising $130,000 this year.

Olson says monetary donations go much further than donations of food because the food bank buys in bulk and can purchase roughly four times as much as you would be able to buy at a grocery store.

Donations can be made online by clicking here, or by visiting one of the following locations on Friday:

  • Pacific Premier Bank, 7480 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cambria Drug, 2222 Main St, Cambria, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Vons, 1758 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Ralph's, 1240 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Albertsons, 730 Quintana Rd, Morro Bay, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Vons, 520 W Tefft St, Nipomo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Albertsons, 189 Niblick Rd, Paso Robles, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Walmart, 180 Niblick Rd, Paso Robles, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • California Fresh Market, 555 5 Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • California Fresh Market, 771 Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • SLO Food Bank, 1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Union Bank, 995 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.