The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo

On this week's Issues & Ideas, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, by speaking to its organizer, Denis Hayes, in a wide-ranging and in-depth conversation. Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to Camp San Luis Obispo to find out what the National Guard are doing there. To see how virtual learning is faring during pandemic school closures, we check in with school districts in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. We also learn how Santa Barbara teenagers are helping seniors during the pandemic through a program called 'Zoomers to Boomers.' All that and more on this episode of Issues & Ideas.

There are 46,000 residents in San Luis Obispo County who are struggling with hunger. Unfortunately, the majority of them are those who are most vulnerable: children and seniors. Forty percent are children and teens, 18 years and younger, 20% are seniors, often on a fixed income, and many are working parents who are faced with choosing to pay for utility bills or buy groceries for their families.

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In San Luis Obispo County, one in six people go to bed hungry most nights, according to the county’s Food Bank Coalition. That equates to over 46,000 people that are considered food insecure.