… from Farm to Family
The decision to escape from her abusive husband left a young working mother with a reduced income and too many bills. And when “Susan’s” daughter became seriously ill, she began to look for ways to cut expenses so that she could pay for her care. Susan’s local Food Bank offered her one. And thanks to a program funded by The Community Foundation’s Feed the Hungry Endowment Fund, she and her daughter received plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in her weekly box.
“Farm to Family” is a program designed to connect growers, packers, and local grocery stores directly to food banks, adding crucially important fresh foods to the canned goods, breads and pastries that generally comprise the majority of food bank boxes.
“Our local grocery stores donate produce, dairy products, and fresh wrapped sandwiches,” said SLO Food Bank’s Carl Hansen, whose refrigerated trucks distribute to 140 sites and agencies county-wide.
“Food is a symbol of caring,” Hansen said. Volunteers who work at the sites are smiling and respectful to all their patrons. They are living reminders to people like Susan that her community cares, that she hasn’t been forgotten.
The SLO County Board of Supervisors created the Feed the Hungry Endowment fund.