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The End Hunger Games: Businesses Competing for a Cause

Ameriprise BYB 2015

November 1st through December 23rd

The End Hunger Games (previously known as the Corporate Challenge) is a friendly competition among local companies of all sizes to encourage donations of dollars, food, and volunteer time to the Foodbank. In addition to fostering friendly rivalry and company spirit, the End Hunger Games are a fun way for company teams to learn about hunger in Santa Barbara County and become involved in building healthy communities.

Download the End Hunger Games Instructions to learn how to share the challenge with your company and get started, and check out the End Hunger Games online hub to donate today!

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Need more info?
 Contact Development Coordinator Leslie Velez or call (805) 967-5741.

Let the End Hunger Games begin!

From November 1st through December 23rd, groups participating in the End Hunger Games will compete to meet goals in at least two out of four following categories:

  • $2,000
  • 200 pounds of shelf-stable food
  • 20 volunteer hours
    and/or
  • 20 holiday turkeys

An employee-to-point ratio levels the playing field. Companies are encouraged to design their own dynamic Games strategy. Have fun and be creative! Provide donation incentives, host events (i.e. bake sales, happy hours, chili cook-offs), offer department challenges, or stage canned food sculpture contests.

Use your digital talents and custom End Hunger Games website page to share news about your business’s participation and ask friends and family to donate. Drum up additional support through email, social media, hashtags, and photos. A company match can also inspire individuals to give.

Each giving category has a points value:

FUNDS
$1 = 10 Points
Fundraise through your team’s webpage, hold an event, or offer company incentives. Earn double the points per dollar when team members join the Foodbank Harvest of the Month monthly giving club or when your company matches employee donations. Submit donations online, through the mail, or in person at Foodbank location near you.

FOOD
1 Pound = 5 Points
Drop off shelf-stable food items collected in your team’s Food Drive barrel or leave individual donations at the Foodbank Warehouse weekdays before 3 p.m. Inform a staff person that your donation is an End Hunger Games donation from your company. For a list of most needed items, check out our Food Drive Poster.

VOLUNTEER
1 Hour = 10 Points

From sorting food to harvesting produce, there are many ways to lend a hand. Explore volunteer activities here. For help finding a group event, contact Community Leadership Coordinator Caitlin Henry.

TURKEYS
1 Pound = 5 Points

From November 1st – 23rd, the Foodbank warmly welcomes holiday turkey donations at the warehouse. Inform a staffperson that your contribution is an End Hunger Games donation from your company.

Important Dates

Nov 1 Let the End Hunger Games begin!
Nov 1 – 23 Thanksgiving Drive
Nov 1 – Nov 30 Bank of America Give A Meal Matching Gift Challenge
Nov 12 Saturday Family Day at Santa Barbara Warehouse
Dec 1 – 23 Holiday Drive
Dec 10 Saturday Family Day at Santa Barbara Warehouse
Dec 23 The End Hunger Games Conclude
Jan 6 End Hunger Games Winners Announced

Awards

As all good friendly competitions should, there will be awards to honor the overall winners, as well as other award categories.

  • The Victors Most overall points (scaled based on the number of company employees)
  • The Dime and Dollar Most money raised
  • The Foodie Most pounds of food donated
  • The Helping Hand Most volunteer hours
  • The Rare Bird Most turkeys donated
  • The Social Butterfly Most social media activity
  • The Innovator Most original idea for raising funds and/or food
  • The Overachiever Individual who went above and beyond

For more information about the End Hunger Games and the Foodbank, contact Development Coordinator Leslie Velez at (805) 967-5741, ext. 110.

 

Many thanks to our 2015 End Hunger Games Competitors! In 2015, a total of 13 companies raised over $34,000 and collected more than 10,000 pounds of food. They provided an amazing 272,890 meals to those in need of food assistance.

Atlas Copco, AECOM Santa Maria Allstars, AECOM Santa Barbara Environment, AECOM Santa Barbara ARG Remediation, Brown & Brown Insurance, Curvature, Deckers Brands, Dignity Health, McDonald’s, RightScale, Smiles on Clark, Village Properties, Yardi Systems

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Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Bonipak Packaging Co.

Last year, Bonipak donated approximately 17,000 meals to the Foodbank, and their donations have supported partners like the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Shelter and Santa Ynez Elementary School. Bonipak’s donations have including popular items like Artichokes, Bok Choy, and Celery, and have added nutrition and variety to the menu of our County’s non-profit organizations. Bonipak has been growing and distributing fresh produce in the Santa Maria valley for almost 90 years, and their “seed to sale” program allows them to optimize quality, quantity, and timing within the produce market. The Foodbank is proud to have their support!

Tom Minetti, Alain Pincot, Jamie Nichols from Foodbank , Rob Ferini, Craig Reade and Mitch Ardantz

Donated Items: Assorted Cut Vegetables

Programs Supported: Kids Farmers Markets

Meals Donated: 16,678

For more information on Bonipak Packaging Co., head to their website here.

Hunger-Relief Champion 2015: Hollandia Produce

With generations of experience growing in greenhouses the Hollandia family of farms in Carpinteria are an amazing partner to the Foodbank. For over 15 years Hollandia has been donating beautiful living lettuce year round which helps us keep up with demand for fresh produce even in the winter. Hollandia has committed to providing lettuce to our Kids Farmers Market program which focuses on reaching families in low income areas. Kids and parents alike love getting a still living plant to take home and harvest themselves! We are thankful to have the support of a Hunger-Relief Champion like Hollandia.

Hollandia 2015 Hunger Champion

Donor for 15 years

Programs Supported: Kids Farmers Markets

Meals Donated 38,995

For more information on Hollandia Produce, head to their website here.

Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Jordano’s

Jordano’s work has been selling food in Santa Barbara County for over 100 years and has become one of the largest distributors of food in community. We are very thankful for the decades of support from Jordano’s who has donated a wide range of high-quality produce, dairy products and frozen foods. We are so thankful for a partner like Jordano’s to help fight hunger in Santa Barbara County.

Jordanos 6-2016

Donor Since: Decades!

Donated Items: Assorted Produce, Dairy and Frozen Foods

Meals Donated 63,328

For more information on Jordano’s, head to their website here.

Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Innovative Produce

George and Debbie Adams (former Foodbank Board member) of Innovative Produce are hard working farmers and supporters of the Foodbank. Innovative Produce grows organic and conventional broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce in the Santa Maria Valley. They have also been instrumental in our Pick and Pack program, where their harvest crews field sort cosmetically damaged product into reusable produce totes supplied by the Foodbank. They have also donated two fields of romaine to our Backyard Bounty gleaning program. A Hunger Relief Champion that lives up to its name, Innovative Produce continues to work creatively to end hunger in our community.

 You can tell roots are deep in Santa Barbara County from the 120 year old wooden door behind Foodbank SBC COO Jamie Nichols and George receiving his Hunger Relief Champion certificate!

You can tell roots are deep in Santa Barbara County from the 120 year old wooden door behind Foodbank SBC COO Jamie Nichols and George receiving his Hunger Relief Champion certificate!

Donor Since: 2013

Donated Items: Broccoli, Lettuce, Cauliflower

Programs Supported: Former Board Member, Backyard Bounty, Food Action Plan, Pick & Pack

Meals Donated: 110,243

For more information on Innovative Produce sales, head to their website here.

Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Apio Produce Sales

Apio Produce was established in the Santa Maria Valley in 1979 and has grown to be a major grower, packer and distributer of vegetables. Their support of our Kids Farmer’s Markets program with seasonal produce has ensured that our kids grow up loving fresh vegetables. These nutrition education events are hosted at afterschool programs across the county, and they provide children with fresh, seasonal produce and healthy recipes. “Apio has a great passion for vegetables and the nutritional benefits they provide. At times we experience inventory surpluses or oversupply during the harvesting of crops. As it is our mission to ensure that nothing goes to waste, we are proud to be partners with the Foodbank. This relationship allows us to deliver fresh vegetables locally and a be a strong contributor to the health and wellness of the community.” Sparky Locke – Apio Vice President of Western Operations

Ron Midyett, Landec COO , Alexa Senter - Foodbank, Sparky Locke - Apio Vice President of Western Operations, Andrew Fernandez - Apio Vice President of Procurement

Ron Midyett, Landec COO , Alexa Senter – Foodbank, Sparky Locke – Apio Vice President of Western Operations, Andrew Fernandez – Apio Vice President of Procurement

Donor Since: Over 10 years

Donated Items: Assorted Cut Vegetables

Programs Supported: Apio Produce Sales’ contributions directly impact our Kids Farmers Markets Program.

Meals Donated: 134,680

For more information on Apio Produce sales, head to their website here.

Hunger Relief Champion 2015 – Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s has been farming in Santa Maria since the 1940’s and has been donating to the Foodbank for decades. They big beautiful strawberries are highlighted every spring throughout Kids Farmer’s Market program which encourages kids to love seasonal fruits and vegetables. Narded Eguiluz, District Manager for Driscoll’s, is a key member of the Foodbank Board and is part of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Advisory Committee. The support of Hunger Relief Champions like Driscoll’s is key to providing good nutrition for all in Santa Barbara County.

Donor Since: Over 20 years

Donated Items: Berries

Programs Supported: Driscoll’s supports our Kids Farmers Market and is a Current Board Member.

Meals Donated: 173,565

For more information on Driscoll’s, head to their website here.

Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Windset Farms

Windset Farms grows a wide variety of tomatoes and cucumbers at a state of the art greenhouse in the Santa Maria Valley. Windset Farms’ mandate is to provide reliable, healthy and nutritious food that meets the demands of an increasing population and a delicate planet. It’s a global, long-term vision that incorporates good economics, optimum yields and consumer health. Their colorful heirloom tomatoes have been distributed through the Foodbank’s Diabetes Impact Group and Kids Farmer’s Markets which both highlight the importance of fresh produce as part of a healthy diet. Windset Farms’ work as a Hunger Relief Champion has helped turn excess into access in Santa Barbara County.

Pablo Hernandez, Erika Perez, Jamie Nichols Foodbank SBC COO, Mason Duarte – Assistant Grower, Griselda Herrera, Tim de Kok – Senior Grower, and David Wesley – VP Construction & Development in the Windset Farms Greenhouse

Pablo Hernandez, Erika Perez, Jamie Nichols Foodbank SBC COO, Mason Duarte – Assistant Grower, Griselda Herrera, Tim de Kok – Senior Grower, and David Wesley – VP Construction & Development in the Windset Farms Greenhouse

Donor Since: 2011

Donated Items: Cucumbers and tomatoes

Programs Supported: Windset Farms’ contributions directly impact our Diabetes Impact Group & Kid’s Farmer’s Market Program

Meals Donated: 175,246

For more information on Windset Farms, head to their website here.