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Santa Maria Times: County food bank issues urgent call for turkey donations; 3,000 birds needed by Monday

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County needs about 3,000 turkeys by Monday. So far, it has only received about 200, which is less than 7 percent of its goal.

“We are looking at a paltry sum of the poultry that we need,” said Paul Wilkins, the new director of operations. “We are really feeling the crunch right now. We are hugely dependent on the community helping us out.”

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Noozhawk: Ticktockers, Food Bank Join Forces to Fight Hunger

Some 100 Ticktockers from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL), partnered with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to kick off the Foodbank’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive on Oct. 28.

Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank provided an overview of the Foodbank and shared a story about the new face of hunger, saying: “It’s not what you think it is”.

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Noozhawk: Rabobank Seeks Food Deposits to Fill Food Bank Coffers

Fighting local hunger, hundreds of Rabobank N.A. employees in the Santa Maria Valley and Lompoc have launched a two-week food drive to help replenish the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County’s inventory in time for the holiday season.

More than 200 employees from the bank’s area branches and operations center are inviting the community to help achieve the goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food.

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The Balance Sheet: Feeding SB County

Members of the Yardi Marketing team gathered for a two-day conference in sunny Santa Barbara. As the conference drew to a close, theteam celebrated with a volunteer service event at The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (Foodbank SBC).

Foodbank SBC is moving the community from hunger to health. The organization is “not only feeding but teaching how to fish.”

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Noozhawk: Help Feed Foodbank by Filling Empty Bowls

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will host the 20th Annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ben Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. Seatings begin at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

The annual event raises awareness about hunger and food insecurity throughout the community and raises funds to end hunger in Santa Barbara County.

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Noozhawk: Despite Hot Weather, Soup Still Proves Popular at Santa Maria Empty Bowls

A heat wave didn’t deter hundreds of Santa Maria Valley residents from devouring assorted gourmet soups Wednesday to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. 

The 16th annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls, with the theme “Turn Hunger Into Health,” occurred at the Santa Maria Fairpar, where the event’s popularity still meant two separate seatings to accommodate the crowd.

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Santa Maria Times:Soup’s on: Community gathers to give back at 20th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

Despite the heat wave Wednesday, hundreds gathered at the 20th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in Santa Maria to enjoy soup, take home a bowl and, most importantly, help end hunger in the community.

For Santa Maria couple Teri and Allan Hansen, who attend both the Santa Maria and Lompoc Empty Bowls events every chance they get, the heat didn’t bother them.

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Noozhawk: Community Asked to Consider Menu of Food Action Plan Projects

The Community Environmental Council, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara Foundation will hold Building Our Resilient Food System: Cultivating Connections, a free discussion to explore the vision, progress and next steps for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.

The open community session will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery.

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