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.
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:
- 200 pounds of shelf-stable food
- 20 volunteer hours
- 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:
$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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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