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Mar 23 – Lompoc Empty Bowls

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The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce

Lompoc Empty Bowls on
Wednesday March 23rd
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dick Dewees Community and Senior Center
Check out the Facebook Event Page

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For a donation (ticket price: $25), attendees select a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose: to help feed hungry people wholesome and hearty food in our community.

There will also be a raffle extravaganza with many fantastic items!

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact
Development Manager Judith Monte 805-937-3422 x106 with questions.

Tickets available from:

Stillman Capital Group – 1201 East Ocean Ave #K
Chamber of Commerce – 111 South I Street
Rabobank – 828 North H Street
Pier Fitness – 803 East Walnut Ave
The Bookstore – 1137 North H Street, Suite Q
Committee Members
From the Foodbank – call 937-3422 x 104

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Foodbank Updates Website with Interactive Tools and Resources for Entire Community

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November 27th, 2014

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Foodbank Updates Website with Interactive Tools and Resources for Entire Community

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin enjoys a little fun with daughter Mia at the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse. The Foodbank’s latest post on its new blog, “The BEET,” speaks with Talkin about his family’s Thanksgiving traditions. (Foodbank of Santa Barbara County photo)

By Candice Tang Nyholt for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 11.27.2014 7:45 a.m

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved website, featuring a growing collection of interactive tools and resources for the entire community.

Highlights of the new website include the Foodbank’s new blog, “The BEET: All Things Nutrition,” making the Foodbank’s award-winning nutrition education approach accessible to the entire community, and the Foodbank Guide to Nutrition Programs in an interactive map of countywide hunger-relief and resources.

“Access to good nutrition is fundamental to making healthy food choices and to good health, and our goal is for our website now to become a key access point for these resources,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “While Foodbank is the hub for food assistance and for nutrition education for local working families and others in need, we are also the hub for nutrition resources for everyone in our community.”

‘The BEET: All Things Nutrition Blog’

Authored by Erin Hansen, RDN, the Foodbank’s community nutrition coordinator, “The BEET” provides readers with access to nutrition news, “Myth Busters,” healthy recipes, guest expert interviews and other tools to incorporate nutrition into their families’ daily lives.

With nutrition credentials, Hansen provides sound, science based nutrition information to the community in a fun and “digestible” way. The BEET publishes throughout the month and features interviews with restaurant chefs, farmers, nutrition professionals, and health and wellness innovators. The BEET Myth Busters combats nutrition fallacies; and The BEET Recipes shares healthy recipes from Foodbank programs that utilize our local bounty of fruits and vegetables.

This week’s blog includes an interview with Talkin about his own family’s Thanksgiving traditions. Click here to subscribe to The BEET.

Guide to Nutrition

Also new to the website is Foodbank’s Guide to Nutrition Programs. This interactive feature assists organizations countywide to assist those facing hunger and poor nutrition through interactive maps highlighting hunger-relief and nutrition resources throughout the county.

Community Partners

The Foodbank’s Community Partners section highlights the organization’s network of over 330 nonprofit partners throughout Santa Barbara County. With the structuring of Foodbank’s Community Impact Department, Foodbank has evolved from just supplying nonprofit partners with food for their programs and running direct-to-client programs to filling gaps in key unserved nutritional and educational needs.

Viewing food banks now as public health organizations working to keep people healthy and nutritionally independent, Foodbank is also using new public health evaluation tools to measure the effect of these interventions in the community. In 2013, 144,000 unduplicated individuals were provided with nourishment and education through Foodbank’s award-winning programs and its network of over 330 social service programs and agencies, churches and community groups from Carpinteria to Santa Maria.

About Foodbank Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 330 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.3 million pounds of food — half of which was fresh produce.

Click here for more information.

— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

First Cooperatives Festival draws 400

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Members of Garcia Dance Studio perform during the first Santa Barbara County Cooperatives Festival on Nov. 8 in Lompoc.

The first Santa Barbara County Cooperatives Festival was held this month in Lompoc, and organizers say the event was a spectacular success.

About 400 people attended the festival, which took place at the Northside Shopping Center on Nov. 8. The event, which was presented by eight local cooperatives, was vibrant with dance performances of varying flavors and joyous live music.

Raquel Gonzalez, president of Lompoc Cooperative Development Project Inc., said that many community partners are to thank for the event’s success. Among them are sponsors

In-Shape Health Clubs and Fund for Santa Barbara, the host Northside Shopping Center and Blanca Figueroa, who served as the event’s emcee.

Also contributing were: the DelaPalma family with its bounce house; Garcia Dance Studio; Danza Azteca Xochitl; Grupo Folklorico el Sabor de Mexico; Calah & Sergio and Bing Aradanas, who performed; Apostolic Assembly Church; Food Bank of Santa Barbara County; Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access; Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center; LUSD Dual Immersion Magnet Program; Nuestra Gente Pageants; Santa Barbara County Migrant Education Program; League of United Latin American Citizens; Lideres Campesinas; Santa Barbara County Action Network; Promotores de Salud; Lompoc G.I. Forum and G.I. Forum Youth; Santa Barbara Society of Friends; and Rosalba Bello, beauty consultant.

 

A patron browses an information booth during the first Santa Barbara County Cooperatives Festival on Nov. 8 in Lompoc.

A patron browses an information booth during the first Santa Barbara County Cooperatives Festival on Nov. 8 in Lompoc.

 

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Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for Sunday to Benefit Foodbank

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 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.