San Luis Obispo County

President Obama Pledges Aid to California Food Banks

President Obama Pledges Aid to California Food Banks

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Officials at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County said they're seeing the affects of the drought on the food bank.

On Friday, President Obama pledged $60 million of aid to food banks for the state of California. Carl Hansen, CEO of the SLO County food bank said the funds may help keep their shelves stocked.

Hansen said  "This is a huge increase in government funding in our local area."

Hansen has worked at the SLO  County food bank during several natural disasters and knows first hand how quickly their  shelves run low on food.

Hansen said food banks almost immediately see the affect of the drought. "Pople get laid off work earlier, some  of the farm labor jobs that are available when there is an abundance of water aren't available this year; that has an immediate impact on those who go to the food bank and our need for food."

Fresh produce becomes harder to find during a drought Hansen said.

Last year the SLO County food bank distributed 48 percent of their product; That is six million pounds of food, three million is fresh produce.

"This will be a wonderful  relief for us, doesn't solve the problems but  it'll help us get through some hard times that lay ahead in this year for sure," Hansen said.

SLO County food bank feeds 15 percent of the county's population.

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