Monthly Archives: January 2014

May 10 Wine Country Half Marathon

Saturday May 10, 2014
Santa Ynez Valley

The Foodbank is the beneficiary of the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. Through this partnership, the Foodbank receives a financial contribution and the opportunity to connect with the local community.

The event sells out every year. Register today for a beneficiary spot only $100! The Foodbank receives a donation for each entry.

Charity MilesWant to give back while exercising? Load the Charity Miles app on your smart phone and start giving. Each mile you run, walk, swim, hike etc. turns into meals for the Foodbank. Select Feeding America, our national partner, and the funds will reach us locally. For questions, please contact Misha Karbelnig,

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Melissa Howard. We need 20 volunteers to staff the Recovery Tent at the finish line. Join in the fun by congratulating the runners and offering them water, fruit and other snacks .


Easy Split Pea Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

2.5 spicy Italian sausages, uncooked and removed from casing

1 large yellow onion

1 ¾ cups split peas

6 cups chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat, add the sausage, using a spatula to break apart the meat, brown on all sides. Meanwhile dice the onion, add to the browned meat, and cook until onion is soft about 6 to 8 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the split peas stirring to absorb the cooking liquid, then add the stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer soup for 60 minutes or until the peas are very soft and beginning to break apart.  Season soup with kosher salt and freshly ground salt and pepper to taste. Makes 3 hearty servings. 


May 10 Letter Carriers Food Drive

On Saturday, May 10th, the Foodbank will benefit from the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It’s simple. Leave your non-perishable goods by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10th and the Letter Carriers will collect them. In years past, the Foodbank has received as much as 12,000 pounds of food for its 300 nonprofit partners and programs.


We are grateful to the Letter Carriers and the community for supporting this drive.

For more information about our events, email




Veronica Sandoval Joins Board of Directors for CASA of Santa Barbara County


By Tara Gross for CASA of Santa BarbaraCounty | Published on 01.27.2014 8:45 a.m.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce the appointment of Veronica Sandoval to its Board of Directors.

“Veronica is a wonderful person with a clear commitment to the community,” said Anthony Papa, board president. “We are honored to have her join our Board of Directors and believe she will play an active role in shaping the future of our organization.”

Sandoval has a long history in the Santa Ynez Valley and descends from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She began her employment with the tribe in 1995 and has worked in various departments, including entertainment, marketing and public relations. Currently, she serves as administrator of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation. The foundation was established on a basic principle: to build partnerships and work collaboratively to make our community a better place to live and work.

As the administrator, Sandoval is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s giving programs and the development and implementation of foundation strategies while placing particular value on activities and programs that expand opportunities for the least advantaged, protect the environment, and enhance the lives of area youth.

Active in both her tribal community and the local community, Sandoval currently serves as a trustee for the College School District Board and volunteers for great organizations such as Junior Blind Olympics, People Helping People, and the Kids’ Farmers Market through the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“Veronica has a long history of supporting CASA of Santa Barbara County, and I am excited that she has decided to join the board of directors,” said Kim Colby Davis, executive director of CASA. “We are fortunate to have board members who are not only experts in various industries, but also who are dedicated to CASA’s mission and the children we serve.”

CASA of Santa Barbara County serves abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children who cannot depend on their parents to do what is in their best interests and are going through the foster care system. CASA volunteers are designated by the juvenile judge to advocate for these children during this confusing and traumatic time in their lives. CASA volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

CASA of Santa Barbara County is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.

If you would like more information, contact Tara Gross at 805.739.9102 x2595 or email

— Tara Gross is an outreach coordinator for CASA of Santa Barbara County.



Thanks to Renee Paul

Thanks to Renee Paul!!

Renee has been an incredible volunteer at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County! She is always willing to help, has a positive attitude, and loves to learn. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience her growth as a community outreach representative.

When we set up our table to promote the Foodbank in the community the first time, Renee was shy and reserved. After watching my presentation once, Renee mustered up the courage and started talking to people herself! Soon enough, she was the one engaging everyone who walked by! After that first “training session,” Renee built up the confidence to man the booth herself and has been doing so ever since! This is extremely helpful for the Foodbank!

Having multiple successful community outreach representatives enables the Foodbank to educate more people about what we do and get more people excited to get involved. I believe in capitalizing upon people’s strengths, but sometimes people do not realize what their strengths are until they step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. I’m extremely proud of Renee’s accomplishments and it is such an honor to be a mentor in her life.


20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips we put together with our dietitian Sally Aquire, to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day.
1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.
2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.
3. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla.
4. Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
5. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions.
6. Add color to salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves or mandarin oranges.*
7. Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Ready-to-eat favorites: red, green or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes.
20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
Eat Right
Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
8. Place colorful fruit where everyone can easily grab something for a snack-on-the-run. Keep a bowl of fresh, just ripe whole fruit in the center of your kitchen or dining table.
9. Get saucy with fruit. Puree apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood (the hight quality seafood you can find at Harbour House Crabs) or poultry, or on pancakes, French toast or waffles.
10. Stuff an omelet with vegetables. Turn any omelet into a hearty meal with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes or onions with low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.
11. “Sandwich” in fruits and vegetables. Add pizzazz to sandwiches with sliced pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumber and tomato as fillings.
12. Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
13. Top a baked potato with beans and salsa or broccoli and low-fat cheese.
14. Microwave a cup of vegetable soup as a snack or with a sandwich for lunch.
15. Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce and rice dishes.
16. Make fruit your dessert: Slice a banana lengthwise and top with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped nuts.
17. Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables to steam or stir-fry for a quick side dish.
18. Make your main dish a salad of dark, leafy greens and other colorful vegetables. Add chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans). Top with low-fat dressing.*
19. Fruit on the grill: Make kabobs with pineapple, peaches and banana. Grill on low heat until fruit is hot and slightly golden.
20. Dip: Whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, or graham crackers in applesauce.
*See “Color Your Plate with Salad” at for more tips on creating healthy salads
Authored by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics staff registered dietitians.
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Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

Get fit! Here are 5 steps to get you motivated to move.

WebMD Feature

By Linda Wasmer Andrews

Reviewed By Roy Benaroch, MD

You know you should do it. And you know why: Exercising — simply put, moving instead of sitting — is critical for safeguarding your health and setting a good example for your kids. So why does it seem so hard to get yourself moving?

The truth is: You can. But knowing how and why to exercise isn’t enough. You need to develop the right mind-set to get and stay motivated.

“Change is hard!” says certified health behavior coach Shelly Hoefs, fitness supervisor at the Mutch Women’s Center for Health Enrichment in Sioux Falls, S.D. “When we try to start exercising, we think of all the excuses for not doing it and all the things that have gotten in the way before. If you are looking for a great gym check out this fitness review. Getting fit starts to seem overwhelming. And that makes it feel stressful. Before long, we don’t want to do it anymore.”

Here are five steps to get you moving in the right direction — and keep you going.

1. Find Personal Motivation to Exercise

What you need to get you up off the couch is a reason that’s important to you. At first, that may be some external factor, says Cal Hanson, director of the Sanford Wellness Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. It could be a number on the scale that surprises you or your doctor’s recommendation that you need to move more to stay healthy.

There are all kinds of benefits to getting fit. Which matters most to you? Something as simple as taking a walk after dinner every night helps to:

  • control your weight
  • strengthen your bones
  • enhance your muscles
  • reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer

Plus, by becoming active, you’re being a good role model for your children.

These benefits may get you started, but they may not cut it when it comes to keeping you moving day after day, Hanson says. To keep up your motivation to exercise over time, you also need to link your internal motivators to your perceived future. Maybe taking a yoga class leaves you feeling more energized or less stressed. Maybe a run or walk every day helps you let go of stress. Hanson says these are the kind of rewards that are meaningful to you on a personal level and that can help keep you motivated.

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