Alleviating Hunger in Our Community

Jun 8, 2017

Broadcast date: 6/8/2017

In San Luis Obispo County more than 46,000 residents are food insecure, meaning they are unable to consistently access or afford adequate food. That means that 1 in 6 people face hunger. Of these at least 40% are children, and 20% are seniors.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County believes everyone has the right to nutritious food, regardless of the reason why they can’t always obtain food for themselves and makes it their mission to see that no one in SLO county goes hungry. They do this by partnering with more than 200 community and agency partners, with more than 130 food distribution sites. In 2016 they distributed nearly 6 million pounds of food, of this over 1.4 million pounds was rescued locally through programs like GleanSLO. They are able to do all of this while keeping their overhead under 6%.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, Kevin J. Drabinski, Chief Executive Officer and Wendy Lewis, Chief Operations Officer as they discuss how they work with a network of community partners in San Luis Obispo County to alleviate hunger and build a healthier community, as well as talk about their current programs, advocacy work, and ways to get involved in what they do.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.