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Food Bank plans to change its structure for serving SLO County

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One of the largest organizations to provide much needed meals to hungry people along the Central Coast, confirmed plans Thursday for a major change to its operation.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County wants to shut down its facilities in Paso Robles and Oceano so that it can consolidate those operations into one larger warehouse that's centrally located.

Carl Hansen is the Coalition's CEO and says the move would make the organization more efficient. He says it is the Food Bank's hope that one central and larger facility will better serve its mission and the changing needs of the community.

"We figure that the new facility will save about 20 percent of our overall costs," said Hansen. "That 20 percent will go into being able to provide more food."

The Food Bank says its meeting with its partner agencies to help make the transition as effective as possible.

Hansen says the process will likely take a 18 months or longer.