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Food banks and free pantries in San Luis Obispo County.

The San Luis Obispo County area is supported by a network of free food pantries as well as government programs that can help low income families or those living in poverty. Based on need and income (among other factors) applicants to the food banks may be given a few day supply of groceries, personal hygiene items, or even clothing. Some very low income residents of San Luis Obispo County may also be referred to CalFresh for assistance.

The food boxes provided to a family will also try to take into account special dietary needs, so this means that children, seniors, and even immigrants may receive support. Whether it is dairy items, baby formula for a kid, Ensure for the elderly, or even Meals on Wheels for the homebound, assistance is available in San Luis Obispo County. The leading charities and non-profit run food pantries are noted below.

Atascadero Loaves and Fishes
5411 El Camino Real
Atascadero, California, 93422
Dial 805-461-1504
Volunteers work to feed the needy, homeless, and struggling. The charity is made up of religious groups, churches and non-profit organizations. There may be free food boxes, clothing for work or school, and even propane.

Services Affirming Family Enrichment (SAFE) South County - Family Resource Center
1030 Southwood Drive
The agency is also known as Centro de Recursos Familiares. Social services help English and Spanish speakers in San Luis Obispo County. Free food, basic needs, holiday meals, and even cooking/parent classes are held. In Paso Robles dial 805-237-3470, Oceano call 805-473-4242, Nipomo (phone 805-473-5561) or dial 805-473-7023 in Arroyo Grande High School area.

Five Cities Christian Women
Main addressL 192 South 9th St, Unit B
Grover Beach, California, 93433




AIDS Support Network
1320 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
Up to 2000 families are helped monthly. Dry of canned food goods, toiletries, soup, detergent, and other goods are given out.

Mountianbrook Community Church
Dial the San Luis Obispo County food bank at 805-543-3162

Friends Outside Visiting Center
California Men's Colony, Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, California, 93405
Phone: 805-543-3888
Anyone visiting California Men's Colony can apply for emergency assistance. Food, transportation, clothing, and more is given out.

Grace San Luis Obispo - God's Storehouse
A farmers market style pantry is available. There are fruits, vegetables, dairy items, and other goods given.

Grass Roots II - San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, 93405
Helps people regardless of background. They partner with other agencies and local food pantries. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, groceries, and other food items are passed out.





Loaves and Fishes in Paso Robles
2650 Spring Street
Paso Robles, California, 93446
A food bank may have hot meals, prescription vouchers, household items, healthy food boxes, and more. Referrals are also given.

Saint Patrick's Church
Food bank location: 501 Fair Oaks Avenue
Arroyo Grande California 93421
Phone: 805-489-2680
The charity mostly has food from the pantry, but other emergency aid may be provided too. There is also a Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens and the disabled, clothing to keep people warm, and hot meals for the homeless. Small Christmas meals and toy programs are run too.

Salvation Army Extensions:
5411 El Camino Real
Atascadero, California, 93422
Free back to school supplies, food, and a thrift store are some key services. Also, small Christmas toys from Angel Tree or Thanksgiving turkeys may be available along with emergency financial aid.
San Luis Obispo families should dial 805-481-0278 or in the South County, phone 805-238-9591. Other phone number are:
Atascadero - 805-927-4044
Cambria Service - 805-772-7062
Morro Bay phone number is 805-544-2401

For more information or referrals to pantries, dial (805) 238-4664 in Paso Robles or (805) 481-4652 in Oceano. Clients can learn about places, such as a charity, that offers immediate access to free food, applications to CalFresh or USDA commodities such as WIC, and other benefits.

By Jon McNamara











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