“Our Hunger Relief Champions are local farms and distributors who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to their local community by donating more than 30,000 pounds to the Foodbank in a single year,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “The tremendous contributions from these partners enable us to build a food secure community; reaching youth, families and the community at large, and we honor them for their support.”
Donations from the Foodbank’s Hunger Relief Champions account for nearly 25% of all donations annually, and allow the organization to serve an additional 800,000 meals to 300 local nonprofit organizations and programs countywide every year. The food received from these farms and distributors support many of Foodbank’s critical programs, including Feed the Future programs like the Kids Farmer’s Markets, Healthy Community Pantry, and many more.
“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 of Santa Barbara County. This relationship allows us to deliver fresh vegetables locally and be a strong contributor to the health and wellness of the community.” Sparky Locke, Apio Vice President of Western Operations
The Foodbank would like to honor these businesses for investing in the health of their communities and working as true partners to end hunger.
2016 Hunger Relief Champions (to be announced)