For Immediate Release: November 19, 2021
San Luis Obispo: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic hardship has exacerbated the struggle for thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents who confront food insecurity on a daily basis. As we approach the holidays, the need for hunger relief is tragically high. This year, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg joins the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 639, and the Labor Management Cooperative Committee – which is comprised of local businesses – to ask for the community’s assistance in raising essential funds to strengthen the SLO Food Bank’s hunger relief network and further this mission to help as many children, seniors and adults as possible.
Supervisor Ortiz-Legg and IBEW Local 639 are joining forces to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of our community. During this time, Ortiz-Legg and IBEW Local 639 will match donations to the SLO Food Bank, dollar for dollar up to $20,000. When that goal is met, this effort will provide funds sufficient to nourish 280,000 empty tummies in SLO County.
“Too many local working families and individuals struggle with hunger daily in SLO County,” stated Ortiz-Legg. “The SLO Food Bank provides critical support to our neighbors who are desperately trying to keep food on the table. I’m grateful for the dedication of our electrical workers to go above and beyond to make sure the most challenged in our community will have a resource for support when in difficult times.”
“The need for assistance, particularly over the past two years, is overwhelming, and we depend on the kindness of our local neighbors and businesses to help provide a healthy bridge to a better life for as many families as possible,” said SLO Food Bank CEO Garret Olson. “For working families, many of whom are living paycheck to paycheck, the economic toll of the pandemic is still being felt, and it’s gratifying to work with compassionate community leaders, like Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg, to acknowledge and assist our neighbors in need.”
Donations up to $20,000 will be matched through December 31, 2021. Through operational efficiencies like bulk purchasing agreements, gleaning operations, in-kind donations, grants, and other food relief and rescue programs, the SLO Food Bank turns every dollar donated into seven nutritious meals for those struggling to put food on the table. Supporting the SLO Food Bank offers more than just food. It also provides peace of mind to those grappling with food insecurity. To learn more and to donate, please visit: give.idonate.com/slo-food-bank/match-campaign.
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About the SLO Food Bank: The SLO Food Bank is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, serving all of San Luis Obispo County through its direct food programs and network of agency partners. The SLO Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. In 2020, the SLO Food Bank distributed over 5 million pounds of food to help our neighbors struggling with hunger. Nearly half of the distributed food is fresh produce, including produce harvested locally by the GleanSLO program. Prior to the pandemic, one in six SLO County residents was food insecure. Since the pandemic, hunger in SLO County has more than doubled, and the SLO Food Bank remains in front of this accelerating and tragic reality. To learn more about the work done by the SLO Food Bank throughout San Luis Obispo County, please visit www.slofoodbank.org.
About Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg: Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg is a practical problem solver. Ortiz-Legg uses her experience from careers in energy generation, project development, land use planning and public service to effectively advocate on behalf of the residents of our Central Coast communities.
Her priorities as Supervisor include adapting to a changing climate, developing a robust local economy, providing access to top-quality health care services — including preventative and mental health care — and protecting and enhancing the quality and character of our neighborhoods. In her first term, Ortiz-Legg led efforts to develop an environmentally-friendly offshore wind farm to expand renewable energy solutions, worked to create the Cuesta Aviation Technical Training program, spearheaded the development of the commercial aerospace oriented business incubator in Grover Beach, and coalesced resources for the local business and residents to recover from the economic impacts of Covid into what is now Recover SLO. To learn more about Supervisor Ortiz-Legg, visit www.dawnortizlegg.org
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