The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County has raised more than $6,600 for its memorial fund honoring Edna Valley teen Christine Allen.
The money will go to processing meat so the food bank can distribute it to more than 44,000 county residents in need, according to Carl Hansen, chief executive officer of the Food Bank Coalition.
In addition to the money, the food bank also received a donation of several hundred animals at Saturday’s Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction, where the organization had a booth.
Two were from individuals; the rest were from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation of Santa Ynez, which bought several hundred animals that day. The foundation pays the cost of meat processing on its own, so its donation is separate from the Christine Allen fund, Hansen said. Hansen was not sure exactly how many animals were being donated.
“I’m not surprised at how overwhelming the response has been, but we are grateful for it,” Hansen said. “We are happy to see Christine’s spirit and her creativity live on.”
Allen, who was 19 when she died May 7 in a rockslide accident, left behind a legacy of volunteering; before her death, she had organized the donation of thousands of pounds of meat to the food bank, as well as raised money for the processing of donated animals.
She and her sister Mary, 17, were awarded Congressional Silver Medals for their work with the food bank and other achievements.
The Food Bank Coalition will continue to accept donations to the fund. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 2070, Paso Robles, CA 93447, or made online at www.slofoodbank.org.