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SLO Food Bank hosts countywide donation event in honor of Hunger Awareness Day

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In the last year, the Food Bank distributed more than five million pounds of food- a 54 percent increase over the previous year.

The San Luis Obispo County Food Bank honored Hunger Awareness Day June 4 by collecting donations across the county to support those in need.

This year is the 15th annual event held every year on the first Friday of June with donation booths at 12 different locations.

Branna Still is the development director at the SLO Food Bank. She said one in six people in San Luis Obispo County were experiencing food insecurity prior to the pandemic.

Still said this number has only increased. In the last year, the Food Bank distributed more than five million pounds of food — a 54 percent increase over the previous year.

“We noticed a lot of people were coming towards our warehouse at the height of COVID and had a trepidation in their voice,” Still said. “You could clearly tell they were asking for assistance for the first time in their lives.”

Still said this makes Hunger Awareness Day just that much more important this year. She said the Food Bank expects a long road to recovery after such widespread food insecurity.

“Economists are telling us that it’s not going to be measured in months, but more so in years, until we’ll see a hunger rate that is similar to pre-pandemic hunger rate,” Still said.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon spoke in support of the mission of the SLO Food Bank, asking community members to join her in becoming monthly donors.

Still said the Food Bank can provide seven meals with each dollar they receive.

If you missed the donation sites on Friday, you can donate online at any time.

The SLO Food Bank is also always looking for volunteers for help in the warehouse, distributing food or supporting special events.

Find more information about how to get involved at slofoodbank.org.

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.