Author Archives: Kate Avila

Coastal View News: LoBue adds another volunteer award to the long list

Does 92-year-old Charles LoBue plan on retiring from his 35-hour-a-week volunteer commitments any time soon? “No way,” he said. The hard-working community servant just received an award honoring him for 20 years as a volunteer for the Foodbank Santa Barbara County’s Brown Bag program, which supplies free groceries to seniors in need twice a month. But that’s the tip of the iceberg for LoBue. He also gives his time, energy and financial support to a variety of other local causes. He serves on several committees for the Carpinteria Arts Center, whose campaign to create a new home for the arts has reaped the benefit of LoBue’s giving. The main gallery will be named after LoBue.

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Coastal View News: Brown Bag Program feeds local seniors

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s free Brown Bag Program supplies local low-income seniors with a bounty of fresh groceries twice a month. Single seniors over the age of 60 whose household income is less than $1,507 qualify for the program, as well as seniors in larger households with low incomes. Participants can pick up three bags filled with fresh produce and protein-rich, shelf-stable foods on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Carpinteria Veterans Hall, 941 Walnut Ave. Coordinator Pat Beals said that people in need who have trouble picking up food, should contact her at 807-7337 to discuss delivery.

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Santa Maria Sun: Spotlight on: Santa Barbara County Food Bank

The holiday season is in full swing, and the Santa Barbara County Food Bank will be accepting turkey donations for its entire duration.

However, this year’s annual drive for Thanksgiving dinner’s most popular centerpiece has thus far fallen short of expectations, by a couple thousand turkeys.

“We have just under 10 percent of what we need for what we were aiming for in terms of donations,” Operations Director Paul Wilkins told the Sun. “At the moment, we are just now at over 300 donated out of 3,000.”

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