Author Archives: Calia Minassian

Santa Barbara Independent: Welcome to the Department of Food Security

What Does the Term ‘Food Insecurity’ Really Mean?

Food insecurity. It’s a confusing term, and one that I’ve never liked. Yet it’s the term that best describes what the Foodbank faces from many thousands of seniors and families in the County. We are not facing starvation, and hunger is not the right word either. Hunger just describes a symptom. We are hungry, and if we solve the problem today, we will still be hungry tomorrow.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Food Security Challenge – Kids Helping Seniors

Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin is in the midst of the month-long Food Security Challenge to find out if it’s possible to eat healthy on a food stamp budget. He’s restricted to spending $6.46 a day, the equivalent of what he would receive in food stamps if he were in need of assistance and classified as a single, unemployed, non-dependent person.

February 13

On Day 11 of my Food Security Challenge, I got the opportunity to spend Saturday with my five year old daughter Mia and sixty other parents and kids at the Foodbank’s monthly Family Day.

This is an opportunity for families to find out more about the Foodbank, do some volunteer labor and to encourage the philanthropic bent amongst their offspring.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Food Security Challenge – Hitting My Stride

Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin is in the midst of the month-long Food Security Challenge to find out if it’s possible to eat healthy on a food stamp budget. He’s restricted to spending $6.46 a day, the equivalent of what he would receive in food stamps if he were in need of assistance and classified as a single, unemployed, non-dependent person.

February 9

I am into a routine now, where my meals are very controlled. Here is my daily menu:

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Noozhawk: Pledge by Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Puts Focus on Seniors’ Food Insecurity

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin is planning to spend $6.46 per day for food during February to demonstrate the hardships of food insecurity.

By keeping to a food budget of $194 for the month, Talkin hopes to draw attention to the 23,918 food-insecure seniors the Foodbank serves. That fixed-income amount is what he would receive if he were on food stamps.

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Santa Maria Times: Foodbank hoping for cash donations for Christmas

As Central Coast residents finish their last-minute Christmas shopping, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County staff hope people will consider gifting cash to the organization so it can continue feeding thousands countywide.

The Foodbank recently announced it has reached the halfway point of serving 1.25 million meals this holiday season by providing healthy food and produce, as well as critical support to 300 hunger-relief nonprofits and programs the agency partners with across Santa Barbara County.

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Lompoc Record: Foodbank hoping for cash donations for Christmas

As Central Coast residents finish their last-minute Christmas shopping, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County staff hope people will consider gifting cash to the organization so it can continue feeding thousands countywide.

The Foodbank recently announced it has reached the halfway point of serving 1.25 million meals this holiday season by providing healthy food and produce, as well as critical support to 300 hunger-relief nonprofits and programs the agency partners with across Santa Barbara County.

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KCOY: Santa Barbara County Foodbank seeking community support

As the year draws to a close, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is winding down a major fundraising campaign currently being held to help sustain operations into 2017.

“The goal is $888,000, so we can support our 300 nonprofit agencies and the goal is not quite reached,” said Foodbank Development Coordinator Darlene Chavez. “We’ve managed to to raise $550,000, but we still need $338,000.”

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KEYT: Santa Barbara County Foodbank seeking community support

As the year draws to a close, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is winding down a major fundraising campaign currently being held to help sustain operations into 2017.

“The goal is $888,000, so we can support our 300 nonprofit agencies and the goal is not quite reached,” said Foodbank Development Coordinator Darlene Chavez. “We’ve managed to to raise $550,000, but we still need $338,000.”

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