SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A Cal Poly fraternity is holding a canned food drive today to benefit the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

The members of Lamba Chi Alpha are collecting food and cash donations as part of an annual international food drive organized by the fraternity.

Lamba Chi Alpha hopes to collect half a million pounds of food this year, fraternity member James Cameron said, including 20,000 pounds in this county alone.

Fraternity members dropped off donation bags on Wednesday at San Luis Obispo homes.

They’ll be picking up those bags this morning and collecting them at the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter house, 1292 E. Foothill Ave. in San Luis Obispo.

Donations will be taken to the San Luis Obispo food bank between 1 and 5 p.m.

To participate, either leave a bag of canned goods on your doorstep or bring it directly to the Lamba Chi Alpha chapter house at 1292 Foothill Blvd.

For information, contact Philanthropy Chairman Andy Gabele at bwsf34@gmail.com.

— Sarah Linn

SLO County

The county Sheriff’s Department is seeking donations of bicycles for its Christmas Bike Program.

The 20-year-old program gives away refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children in need all over San Luis Obispo County.

Donated bicycles and those in need of repair are taken to the department’s Honor Farm, where inmates housed there make repairs.

Individuals and businesses wanting to donate bicycles can bring them to any of the department’s patrol stations or to the Honor Farm, located on Kansas Avenue off Highway 1.

Those who are unable to drop a bike off can call the Honor Farm at 781-4643 to have it picked up.

Monetary donations toward the purchase of bicycle parts or helmets can be sent to the Sheriff’s Advisory Council, attention “bicycle fund,” P.O. Box 3752, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club also helps supply helmets for the donated bikes. For more information, call Sgt. Michelle Voisenat at 781-4637.

— Cynthia Lambert