Food Bank Coalition set to break ground on new warehouse in San Luis Obispo

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Monday for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County’s new central facility in San Luis Obispo.

With the new facility, the Food Bank Coalition will consolidate its warehouses in the northern and southern parts of the county. The new building will be designed to hold a larger volume of food and meet the food bank’s needs for the next 25 years, Food Bank Coalition officials told The Tribune in an interview earlier this year.

The facility, at 1180 Kendall Road near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, will include loading docks, increased storage space and refrigeration capabilities for fresh produce. The Food Bank expects to see significant cost savings in overhead expenses, according to a news release, allowing it to provide more healthy food to its clients.

The Food Bank warehouses in Paso Robles and Oceano would close after the new facility opens next summer so there wouldn’t be any lapse in service.

The groundbreaking event will start at 10 a.m. with Food Bank staff, board members, agency partners and several elected officials or their representatives expected: San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx, San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill, Annie Aguinga from Sen. Bill Monning’s office, and Betsey Umhofer and Whitney Gordan from Congresswoman Lois Capps’ office.

In 2014, the Food Bank Coalition distributed 6.1 million pounds of food and administered 10 food assistance programs including Lovin’ Lunchbox, Senior Farmers Market, and GleanSLO. For more information go to http://www.slofoodbank.org/.

Cynthia Lambert: 805-781-7929, @ClambertSLO