Need Help Purchasing Food?
There Are Agencies That Will Assist You

A recent article on NBC news titled “Meet your new professor: Transient, poorly paid,” ( sheds more light not only the continued growth of the low-paid part-time college instructors, but also points out that more and more adjunct teachers are living in poverty.

If you are one of these folks—and we know this to be true of some of our members—there are local programs that can help.

The Food Bank Coalition of Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County are non-profit, non-governmental agencies that provide assistance to low-income individuals and families in obtaining food. They also work in partnership with other organizations such as homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers to bring help to those who need it.

The harsh reality of life in the early 21st century is that there are many people in need. One in six Americans lives with what is euphemistically called “food insecurity.” If you are one of those people, these agencies are there to help you.

In Santa Maria, the Food Bank Coalition is located at 490 Foster Road. Their number is 805-937-3422. In San Luis Obispo, call 805-238-4664, or email

Click the following buttons to get the forms associated with the Santa Barbara County Foodbank Programs.

[button link=""] SB County Brown Bag Agreement[/button]

[button link=""] SB County USDA Application[/button]

Mark James Miller, President, Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College, CFT Local 6185, Santa Maria, CA