Our Story In March 2018, the Estero Bay Kindness Coalition started Got Your Back, a program that feeds kids over the weekends. The kids in this program rely on “hot/reduced lunch” at school to eat during the week and are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. By June 2018, the Estero Bay Kindness Coalition was serving 48 students. The following school year, it jumped to 8 schools and over 200 students in the SLO Unified School District.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and schools closed their doors in March 2020, the Estero Bay Kindness Coalition started Bags of Love, a program that delivers 3 bags of groceries per week to over 130 food insecure families in the Estero Bay community: 2 bags of protein-rich meals and snacks and 1 bag of fresh produce.
During this time, they also created Sunshine and Seed, a new and gently used kids clothing store that offers quality, seasonal clothing where kids can shop for free, by appointment.
The Estero Bay Kindness Coalition has built a team of over 60+ volunteers, 2 team leaders, and 2 food pantries. They’re currently partnered with 8 schools, 31 for-profits, 21 nonprofits, and 10 churches.