SLO County residents unemployed because of drought may be eligible for free food

People who are unemployed or had their hours reduced due to the drought are eligible for free boxes of food through a new temporary state program starting in July.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County has received 70,000 pounds of food from the state Drought Food Assistance Program and will distribute the food boxes monthly while the assistance lasts. The food includes a 25-pound box of nonperishables and a 20-pound bag of produce, the Food Bank said. Individuals will be asked to "self-certify" that they are underemployment or unemployment due to the drought.

The Food Bank also will assist people in applying for CalFresh, formerly called the Food Stamp program.

For more information, and to make sure the drought assistance is still available at each location, call 238-4664 or visit http://www.slofoodbank.org/events/drought-food-assistance-program.

Distributions are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. at the following locations and days, starting in July:

  • San Miguel: Lillian Larsen Elementary School, 1601 L St., on the third Tuesday of each month
  • Shandon: Shandon High School, 151 S. First St., on the fourth Friday of each month
  • Oceano: Oceano Family Resource Center, 1511 19th St., on the second Friday of each month
  • Nipomo: Nipomo St. Joseph’s Church, 298 Thompson Ave., on the third Monday of each month

  • Paso Robles: Food Bank Coalition, 2212 Golden Hill Road, on the third Friday of each month