Category: Events

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for Sunday to Benefit Foodbank



 By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County |

Published on 10.29.2014 12:56 p.m.

One of Santa Barbara’s most beloved events, the annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowlsluncheon, returns on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara.

The unique fundraising event benefits the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which is celebrating over 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education and other resources through its own programs and to a network of over 330 member nonprofit partners in Santa Barbara County.

For a donation of $30 or more, participants choose a beautiful bowl handcrafted by local ceramic artists, enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread and water, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the meal’s purpose to feed the hungry in our community. There will also be exquisite silent auctions and great raffle items.

After the meal, attendees will have the opportunity to see what the Foodbank does firsthand through a visit to the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse facility right next door. Guests are invited to visit Foodbank’s Feed the Future program demonstration booths, blend a smoothie on the human-energy powered bike blender, and enjoy healthy savory sweets. Guests will also be able to see where fresh produce and nonperishable goods are stored.

“I am in awe of the impact this event has been able to make in our community and how beloved it has become,” said Danyel Dean, founder of Santa Barbara Empty Bowls. “This event offers people the chance to participate on so many levels, giving of their talents and resources and deepening the understanding of the work done by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

Tickets are still available and guests can choose between three seating times: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, please contact Diane Durst at 805.967.5741 x104, or click here. Online registration ends Friday, but tickets can be purchased at the door.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended Empty Bowls, which raised more than $146,000 for the Foodbank through corporate donations, ticket sales, a silent auction and a raffle. Empty Bowls has donated well more than $1 million to the Foodbank over the last 16 years to help alleviate hunger in Santa Barbara County and has provided huge community awareness for Foodbank’s mission and work.

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.


October 11 Celebration of Harvest

The Celebration of Harvest Weekend, held over Columbus Day Weekend, is Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association’s annual celebration of the year’s bounty. They have generously selected the Foodbank as the nonprofit beneficiary of their silent auction proceeds. We are grateful for their support!

Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00-4:00PM at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners, library tastings, new wine releases, and barrel tastings. Want to visit the tasting rooms on an all-inclusive tasting pass? Don’t forget your Vintners Visa for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve tasting rooms.

Click here to buy tickets and be sure to bid on silent auction items, all proceeds go to the Foodbank. Thanks!

Hunger Action Month

What is Hunger Action Month?

September is Hunger Action Month, when we ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, individuals can find the way that’s right for them to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

How will you get involved? Check out this calendar for some ideas. Our top 3 suggestions are:

  1. If you’re an Santa Barbara County resident, give to the Foodbank through the Bank of America Give A Meal Triple Match beginning September 8.
  2. Donate to the Foodbank monthly through our “Harvest of the Month” club for the greatest impact year-round and select “Monthly” for “How often do you want to make this donation?” Regular donations are greatly appreciated and make for easier budgeting and financial forecasting.
  3. Social media savvy? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and tell us what you’re doing this #hungeractionmonth and inspire your friends and followers to take action with these images. Thanks!

July 21 – Aug 1 Help us win $10,000. Vote once a day!

Are we your favorite cause?366We’re finalists in the KSBY and PG&E “Your Favorite Charity” contest! We could win $10,000 to move our community from hunger to health.

Will you vote for us? Please vote here.


Please vote every day now through August 1st and ask friends to vote, too. Use @FoodbankSB #KSBY and #PGE4ME on social media.

KSBY will announce the winner on August 7.  More details here.

Only YOU can decide: are we “Your Favorite Charity?”

You must be a resident of Santa Barbara County or San Luis Obispo County to participate in the voting contest. Only 1 vote per day per IP address (see contest rules).

Join Jacob

Now – September 30, 2015
Triathlon & Fundraising Team

…Feeding Santa Barbara County


Four years ago, Jacob Mansbach volunteered at the Foodbank and saw an opportunity to make a difference. Combining his love for triathlons with his desire to help kids in his community, Jacob has inspired all ages to donate, volunteer and get fit. Last summer, Jacob, now 11 years old, invited an entire team of kids to join him in completing the Santa Barbara Triathlon. The team (comprised of third to seventh graders from the Santa Barbara and Goleta School Districts) dedicated their summer break to volunteering for the Foodbank, raising money and awareness, and learning all about the sport of triathlon. Together, they raised over $20,000 to provide nutrition and education to kids and families in our community through the Foodbank. The team’s work also led $10,000 worth of milk coupons for the Foodbank network from Feeding America. To date, Jacob and his team have raised over $57,000 for the Foodbank.

To donate any amount, click here:


This summer, Jacob and the Join Jacob team are back! There are a few new kids on the team this year and the whole team is out raising awareness and $10,000 for the Foodbank. Your donations will provide healthy, nutritious food for kids across our county as well as provide them with nutrition education through the programs offered by the Foodbank. Thank you for supporting this team of kids by making a donation today!

In 2014, Jacob was selected by Disney to be featured in their online series “Disney Citizen Kid” focusing on ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. His Citizen Kid video focuses on his ability to get kids and families involved through activities like Saturday Family Day, a Foodbank volunteer program. On the second Saturday of every month (9:30 – 11 am) , the community is invited to come visit the facilities, tour, and take part in a volunteer project.

To donate any amount, click here:


Will you JOIN JACOB this summer? For information about Join Jacob, the triathlon team, and Saturday Family Day volunteer sessions, contact Jen Mansbach.

Thanks to our generous Community Sponsors!




A special thank you to Joe Coito, Race Director of Santa Barbara Triathlon, Inc., for supporting Join Jacob.



California Wine Festival July 17-19

Join our friends at the California Wine Festival for this exciting wine tasting event!

CWF.crowdWine, food, music, sun and sea. Experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of California’s finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples and lively music. Discover new wines at every Festival, find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisan breads, cheeses, olive oils and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited fun, food and music – at the biggest wine festival under the sun!

See the event schedule for details.

Who will be there? See the wineries list.

July 1 – 31 Fourth Annual Food from the Bar Food & Funds Drive

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Sets the Bar High

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Inspired by women lawyer organizations in other cities, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (SBWL) partnered with the Foodbank for the first annual Food from the Bar food and funds drive in 2011.

“The Foodbank has a proven track record of successfully providing nutritious food to families in Santa Barbara County. We are looking forward to our fourth drive in July, 2014 when we hope to make an even larger contribution to the Foodbank.”

– Santa Barbara Women Lawyers

This year, Food from the Bar will strive to raise $15,000 and collect 500 lbs. For the second year, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is the leadership sponsor. Food from the Bar provides the Foodbank with food and funds during the summer months when community giving is low but distribution levels remain high. Thank you to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck for making a leadership gift to inspire others.

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Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Board member and Drive co-organizer Jennifer Smith said “It has been another fantastic year. Everyone from the legal community really comes out in force to support the Foodbank. We can’t wait to celebrate with all our supporters once we reach our goal.”

All funds raised during the drive go directly to the Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program to feed children during the summer months. The Foodbank reports that a staggering 84% of children in our County who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year get nothing in the summer. Through Picnic in the Park, the Foodbank provides free nutritious meals to these children during the summer throughout the County as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  The healthy meals are served at various parks in the county – Monday through Friday from 11:00 – 12:30 for ten weeks during the summer.  The cost per meal is only approximately $3.50.XX

Thanks to our Community Partners for sponsoring Food from the Bar:

Premier Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

Law Office of Janean Acevedo Daniels

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle

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WZWLH logo

Silver Sponsors


Hager Dowling Logo

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Rogers Sheffield & Campbell LLP Tricounty Court Reporters logo Law Office of Saji D. Gunawardane
SBWL logo & Santa Barbara Women Lawyers’ Foundation


Legal Organization Co-Sponsors

SB County Bar Association Logo CWL Logo
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County logo DA logo2010 SB Public Defender logo
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