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本周的特色食品银行是 SLO食物银行, serving the County of San Luis Obispo since 1988.
For one client, SLO食物银行 literally changed their life. 一位两岁孩子的母亲说，
“Being able to get those foods that we needed here to get us back on our feet, 从无家可归到我们现在的处境, 我们在哪里 实际上买了 一套房子, 是惊人的. We never thought a year ago that we were going to be able to live and take care of ourselves and have a job – none of those things would happen because we would’ve been scrambling and struggling just to feed ourselves… We were able to do the other things that we needed to better ourselves in a permanent situation. We will soon be in a position to be able to give back to the community to help others in similar situations.”
For Volunteers, helping out at the food bank gives them a sense of purpose. 马克Z表示,
“I volunteered last year at the beginning of the pandemic. 我开始时每隔几天就断断续续几个小时. 它变成了每天都来. 为什么? Because there was such a need to get food to the people in our community. 我痴迷于帮助别人. It fulfilled me and made me feel wonderful to give back.”
有, 现在仍然是, such a need to get food to the community — and SLO食物银行 has stepped up to the plate with such dedication, they were honored as one of California’s 2020 Nonprofits of the Year.
For SLO食物银行’s partner organization, the Arroyo Grande Lions Club,
“Our volunteer crew had a fun time assembling Breakfast Bags as part of our We Serve credo. It was very impressive when we learned how the Food Bank is quick to respond to a new need as soon as it is learned. A good example is how they went and got a commercial grade refrigerator to help meet walk-up requests on the part of the hungry,” 比尔Cockshott共享.
Some exciting news: the SLO食物银行 underwent a re-brand in the end of 2019 and they are now excited to wrap their truck fleet! They engaged their entire team in the creative process and decided to feature five different produce types for their five large box trucks: citrus, 绿色, 核果, 浆果, 和根的蔬菜. And they invited volunteers and farmers to be their hand models! Their two 22’ trucks will be ready to go at the end of August.
For the staff at SLO食物银行, their work at the food bank is more than just a job. 正如一名员工所说，
“It is a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated, 有爱心的, fun-loving staff with inspiring leadership that is unsurpassed in all my many years of work. We are also fortunate to have an amazingly supportive community whose gifts have enabled us to respond to emergency food needs in our county. Many who have never imagined they would seek the services of a food bank found the support they needed during these uncertain times.”
We at CAFB are proud to have SLO食物银行 as one of our member food banks who participates in our 农场家庭 program. As Branna Still, SLO食物银行’s Development Director shares,
“CAFB’s 农场家庭 program provides the backbone for much of the fresh produce we distribute to our clients. They have been a vital source of food for the SLO食物银行 since long before the pandemic. 自我们开始应对COVID-19以来, 他们已经更加主动了, providing us with additional supplies and guiding us through different channels of food advocacy; ensuring that we are supporting our clients at every level possible. We are also grateful for the sense of community that being part of CAFB provides—being part of CAFB means we are connected with like-minded hunger relief organizations throughout the state.“
“We also appreciate that the CAFB has a very strong Advocacy 团队. They have worked hard, especially during COVID, to check in with us about our needs. It is so important to have this support and to know that there is a very knowledgeable and experienced staff advocating for food access issues at the state level.”
We are grateful at CAFB that this work is done with the help of and collaboration with all our member food banks—including, 当然, SLO食物银行. Thank you for amplifying our voice throughout the state, working side-by-side with us towards our goal to ensure that each and every Californian has the food they need to live a healthy and hunger-free life!
All photos, stories, quotes courtesy SLO食物银行.