Mexican restaurant Old Juan’s Cantina in Oceano recently donated $2,000 to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County from a fundraising promotion held during the holiday season.
Old Juan’s raised the funds by donating $1 for every item ordered off the restaurant’s Specials Menu during the month of December.
The benefit provided by the donation is amplified through the Food Bank’s purchasing efficiencies, which turn $1 into $10 worth of food, a coalition spokeswoman said.
In 2015, the Food Bank distributed 6.3 million pounds of food through its network of more than 200 community partners and administered 10 food assistance programs.
This is the sixth consecutive year the restaurant has organized the annual fundraiser, which has generated more than $12,000 in donations to date.
“The Food Bank Coalition meets a basic, essential need,” said Old Juan’s Cantina owner Eva Verdin. “A lot of us take food for granted, but the Food Bank spends every day working with people who are hungry, or unsure about where their next meal will come from.”