Monthly Archives: August 2015

SB Seasons: FOODBANK RAISES $75K TO END SUMMER HUNGER

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Without the access to free and reduced school lunches, summer is the hungriest time of year for many children. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County set out to end this with its monthlong campaign, End Summer Hunger. The goal was to raise $50,000 to go towards the Picnic in the Park Program, a country-wide program that provides children under 18 with free, nutritious meals when school is not in session, regardless of their parents’ income. Thanks to a generous anonymous pledge, Picnic in the Park surpassed its goal by $25,000, raising a grand total of $75,000.

Picnic in the Park was a huge success this summer, providing 23,000 lunches so far, and continuing to do so through the end of August. “When school lets out for the summer, children still have a need for good nutrition,” says Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “In fact, only 16% of children in our county, who receive free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year, receive any meal assistance during the summer.”

To donate and get involved, visit the End Summer Hunger website or to find locations where lunches will be served text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877. For more information, visit the Santa Barbara County Foodbank website.

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Noozhawk: With $75,000 in Donations, Foodbank Aims to Close Summer Hunger Gap

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County raised $75,000 during “End Summer Hunger,” its month-long campaign to raise $50,000 to help feed the most at-risk school-age children during the summer months.

Thanks to a generous anonymous pledge, the community responded and the campaign surpassed its goal by $25,000.

Campaign funding will support the Foodbank’s county-wide Picnic in the Park program, which provides free, healthy lunches to ensure that all children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

There are no income requirements and any child 18 and under is welcome to receive lunch. Picnic in the Park to date for summer 2015 has served 23,000 lunches and will continue until the end of August.

For many children who receive free and reduced-priced meals at school, summer can mean hunger. The “End Summer Hunger” campaign, which ran June 1–30, is crucial in both closing the summer hunger gap in Santa Barbara County and promoting wellness and healthy eating during summer months.

“When school lets out for the summer, children still have a need for good nutrition,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “In fact, only 16 percent of children in our County, who receive free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year receive any meal assistance during the summer.”

Children comprise 35 percent of the people the Foodbank serves. In our County, 34,000 children who receive free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year don’t receive any meal assistance during the summer, a time of critical brain development.

To support these children, the Picnic in the Park program provides over 35,000 nutritious meals for 2,500 local low-income children during the summer (over 900 meals per day throughout Santa Barbara County).

On a typical day, Picnic in the Park serves children from many diverse backgrounds including five-year-old David, who loves spiderman and comes to have lunch with his babysitter, Carmela, who takes care of more than six kids everyday from different working families.

And Maria, a soon-to-be fifth grader, says her favorite part of Picnic in the Park is playing with her friends—she also loves when the lunches include Goldfish crackers.

To donate and get involved, visit endsummerhunger.org or to find locations where lunches will be served text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877 or visit Find a Lunch.

End Summer Hunger leadership-level sponsors include: Aera Energy and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers’ Food from the Bar Drive, as well as generous support from Citrix, Chevron, Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage, Mentor, Oniracom, Sodexo, KCRW, Subway, Vita Travel Store and FLIR Systems.

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KEYT: Local Foodbank Launches Campaign to End Summer Hunger

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School is almost out for the summer. For many kids that means, vacations and time at the beach. For some children, summer means hunger pains from lack of food.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has launched a new campaign to end summer hunger.

One in five kids are at risk of hunger in Santa Barbara. Foodbank volunteer Jennifer Mansbach says summer months are critical for thousands of children. She said, “84% of children who receive food assistance during the school year will not be getting that assistance over the summer. So there is a really big need.”

Mansbach organizes a monthly “Family Philanthropy Volunteer Day” at the Foodbank where volunteers sort fresh produce and put together community food donations.

The volunteers are also supporting the Foodbank’s launch of the “Share Your Lunch” campaign. Throughout the month of May, people are urged to share their lunch with a child, or a senior, in the community. Mansbach said, “You can make a donation of the amount of one day’s lunch, one week’s lunch or any amount that you want to make. The idea is to raise 50 thousand dollars to help deliver the food to the kids in need here in Santa Barbara.”

There’s also a big social media push to raise awareness. Foodbank encourages anyone who wants to help inspire others to make a difference to take a photo of their own lunch at home, work or a local restaurant, then share it on Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #ShareYourLunch.

Mansbach says she hopes people can help spread the message about childhood hunger in the community. Mansbach says she can’t imagine her own children having to skip a meal. She said, “I actually tear up.  I think it’s just absolutely unacceptable. I think that in an intelligent society and a caring society, everybody should be able to have food. That is just a simple, simple rule.”

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