San Luis Obispo County

SLO County Food Bank warehouse forced to close doors

Food Bank failed to renew registration

SLO Food Bank shut down

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County's warehouse has been forced to shut its doors by the California Department of Health. 

Food Bank CEO Kevin Drabinski said the organization operates under a state-issued processed food registration and when they moved in to their new warehouse on Kendall Road in San Luis Obispo last year, they failed to renew that registration. 

No food can be moved in or out of the warehouse until further notice. 

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County serves the 1 in 6 San Luis Obispo County residents that are food insecure -- meaning they do not know where they are going to get their next meal. 

Drabinski says they take full responsibility for the paperwork issue, which could have happened during their move to the new facility last November. 

"We continue to work with the state on resolving that issue," Drabinski said. "We are working with our distribution partners in hopes that we can limit the changes that need to be made to our distribution schedule."

The Food Bank works with over 100 local partners to make sure food gets to those who need it.

Drabinski says the shutdown will not limit their ability to distribute much-needed food. 

"We'll be able to deliver the food to those who stand in need and we encourage the community to continue to donate," Drabinski said.

Food bank officials will meet with the California Department of Health next week and will have a better timeline of when they will be able to re-open the warehouse and resume normal operations. 

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