As we enter into the holiday season, we want to thank all of our community partners, volunteers and service providers who help us alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County.

We are working on ways to show our volunteers just how much we appreciate their hard work. This month we would like to highlight one of our distribution sites at Grace Baptist Church in Paso Robles.

This site runs on the third Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Pictured here are two of our dedicated volunteers who you can find there almost every month – Jennifer Bravo and Rosario Cano.

Volunteer2Jen Bravo has been volunteering at the Grace Baptist distribution for over 3 years. Her involvement with the Food Bank started when she was looking for ways to get her children engaged in community service. They began volunteering during our All-Ages Saturday Volunteering, and she continued with events like our Hunger Awareness Day. Eventually she was asked to be a site leader and has been working the Grace Baptist distribution ever since. She says that distribution day is one of her favorite days of the month; she loves interacting with the people, and being part of an organization that does so much for our community.

Rosario Cano had previously been a volunteer and a participant with the Food Bank about 20 years ago; she recalls being at sites at 5:00am to put together bags for participants. She took a break from volunteering with the Food Bank as she became busy with work and raising her family. Then about a year ago, an injury left her unable to return to work. She began looking for ways to use her time to give back to the community, and became involved with the Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo. The Promotores volunteer for the Food Bank throughout the county. Today, Rosario is not only a regular volunteer at our Grace Baptist distribution, but can be found working at Virginia Peterson, Paso Robles Senior Center, and many others.

Thank you Jen and Rosario for all you do!

If you have a site or volunteer you’d like to see featured in our next newsletter, please contact Emily Hansen at ehansen@slofoodbank.org or by phone at (805) 235-0919.