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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s CEO Erik Talkin Talks Thanksgiving

Erik with Daughter Mia

Erik with Daughter Mia

The BEET Question 1

“Prior to working at the Foodbank, I worked in Community Soup Kitchens for 6 years and my view of the holidays and my approach to it has never been the same.  We recognize that Thanksgiving is usually a day to get together, share with one another and make sure everyone has enough to eat.  But we should not stop on this day.  We should be figuring out how to make this possible the other 364 days of the year. We want to encourage the idea of Thanksgiving traditions, people getting together and cooking together as a family as a model for all the other days.  We often don’t think we have the time to cook together, but we actually do if we count it as the time we spend together and relate with each other as a family.  It should be continued regularly as something healthy to do together.”

The BEET Question 2

“I was brought up in England where they didn’t have Thanksgiving, but because my father was in the US Navy and we were Americans we would have Thanksgiving even though other people didn’t.  We would have a pretty standard Thanksgiving meal, we liked to make different types of stuffing, like a pretzel stuffing or a buckwheat stuffing…”

The BEET Question 3

“Yes I do, but actually this year is the first year that my family will be going to my oldest son’s house in Oakland and he’s going to cook the meal for us, rather than have the meal cooked for him. So were looking forward to that…It’s a whole new chapter…”

The BEET Question 4

“The most important thing we can do is to not focus on Thanksgiving as a special day.  Yes we want to make sure that everyone has a turkey and enough to eat on Thanksgiving, but the main thing that we need to take from this is, what happens let’s say in February? People are still going to be hungry in February.  What’s going to happen in the summer when the sun’s beating down in Santa Barbara and we think everything is wonderful? Families are still very food insecure then, so security is about being fed throughout the year, not having a feast and famine situation which only plays into ill health that is related to nutrition.”

the BEET Quetion 5

“I like stuffing, good stuffing, stuffing with buckwheat or with large Dutch pretzels…I’m definitely a stuffing guy!”

The BEET Question 6

“I’m thankful that we have such a great group of employees, volunteers, and supporters at the Foodbank who really do bring the Thanksgiving spirit the whole year round rather than the energy only being around the one time of year.  I’m very thankful for that.”

The BEET Question 7

“We want to encourage people to eat responsibly and to remember that once the New Year comes, people are still hungry and food insecure then, so it’s all about spreading the love throughout the year.  We’d also love people to inspire those in their family to be more involved with cooking and more involved with food as a way of strengthening the family and strengthening everyone’s health.”

Interview By Erin Hansen, RDN

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Thanksgiving Drive-Through Attracts Donors with Street Rods

Santa Maria Times

November 15, 2014

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Thanksgiving Drive-Thru attracts donors with street rods

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Bent Axels president Larry Eskew hands Santa Barbara County Foodbanks Community Leadership Coordinator Darlene Chavez a check for five hundred dollars Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.

The Bent Axles Car Club teamed up with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Friday to bring in donations at a Thanksgiving Drive-Thru event.

“We support the foodbank, you bet,” club President Larry Eskew said.

Darlene Chavez, the foodbank’s community leadership coordinator, hoped that the Bent Axles’ street rods would attract the attention of potential donors in the parking lot of the Albertsons on Broadway.

“We want to make this not just a drop-off but an event,” Chavez said.

The Drive-Thru is in its third year, and Eskew said the club’s members have helped every year.

The event also included a free hot dog for donors, as well as music from 99.1 KXFM.

Eskew, who drove his beige 1933 Ford Tudor to the event, said he expected 20 to 25 of the club’s members to bring their cars out.

“We try to support the community however we can,” he said. “This is one of the ways.”

The foodbank’s goal for this year’s Thanksgiving Drive is to collect 4,500 turkeys or chickens by Nov. 22. Last year, 3,500 were donated.

The foodbank also hopes to raise $160,000 in cash donations, $15,000 of which will be matched by Wells Fargo.

Chavez hoped that 300 turkeys or chickens would be donated during the Drive-Thru on Friday. She said 150 to 200 birds have been donated in previous years.

“I donate every year,” Bill McKindley said after dropping a frozen turkey in a cooler.

Cash and nonperishable foods were also accepted at the Drive-Thru.

Eskew said that Bent Axles also made a $500 donation to the drive.

Chavez said that the location makes it easier than dropping of a donation at the foodbank’s facility.

“One of the big reasons that we do this is it’s next to a grocery store,” she said. “It’s just really convenient.”

Donors who missed the Drive-Thru can still donate to the Thanksgiving drive by dropping off contributions at the foodbank’s Santa Maria facility at 490 W. Foster Road from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours will be extended to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Foodbank staff will also accept donations Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit foodbanksbc.org or call 967-5741.

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Bob Viadella donates a turkey to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.