Santa Barbara News-Press
November 30th, 2014
Newspaper: pg. A5
November 27th, 2014
Foodbank Updates Website with Interactive Tools and Resources for Entire Community
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.
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.
— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
Nonprofit Resource Network
November 26th, 2014
Meet Amy, the Pear Princess
Santa Barbara’s youngest foodies “FLIP” for good nutrition in Foodbank’s
Food Literacy in Preschool Program at Storyteller Children’s Center
Four-year-old Amy is a self proclaimed fan of pears. She loves learning about fruits and vegetables, and especially enjoys participating in fun activities like making recipes with her family using fresh produce from Foodbank’s Food Literacy in Preschool (FLIP) program. FLIP serves a dual purpose: delivering short-term food assistance and providing nutrition education.
Amy is one of the 24 preschoolers (plus 20 toddlers) who attend Storyteller Children’s Center, a childcare center for homeless and at-risk children from 18 months to 5 years of age.
Every month, she looks forward to Foodbank’s FLIP program held at Storyteller.
“I liked making apple juice and apple spirals last time and today’s pear smoothie is yummy,” said Amy.
On a recent Thursday, as crisp fall fruits come into season, the kids at Storyteller received a hands-on lesson in crafting a healthy pear snack.
Gathered around a munchkin-sized table, the kids eagerly descended on the bounty of fresh, local Comice pears – sourced and delivered by Foodbank.
The boisterous class grew quiet in concentration as Amy and her classmates, with help from Storyteller teacher Maria Lopez and Foodbank’s Community Nutrition Program Coordinator Erin Hansen, began earnestly slicing the fruit using kid-friendly tools. The hubbub swelled again as the dozen Lilliputian chefs continued mixing and blending the ingredients – pears, bananas, orange juice, vanilla yogurt and ice cubes – to complete today’s recipe, joyfully dubbed “Pear-adise Smoothies.”
“It’s so important for us to empower kids to make nutritious choices and learn about the diversity of nutritious foods from a young age,” said Erin Hansen. “Incorporating healthy foods into their lives early, increases their ability to become healthy adults.”
This is one of the few times during the month Amy gets this type of exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables. Amy is one of nearly 50,000 local children who are provided with nutritious food and education through Foodbank direct programs or Foodbank’s 330+ nonprofit partners like Storyteller. Many families in Amy’s situation wish they could eat more fruits and vegetables, but might not initially buy them on their own because of the expense. And 71% of families served by the Foodbank must make heartbreaking choices of buying food or paying for housing, utilities, transportation, clothing and other basic necessities.
After each month’s FLIP lesson the children get to take home a bag of the featured produce to their families. FLIP is the first step in Foodbank’s “Feed the Future” continuum of programs, and helps drive one of the Foodbank’s key strategies: to reach families in our communities through their children. Kids bring their new-found knowledge – and in the case of FLIP, the fresh produce – back to their families, inspiring families to come together to try out new recipes and eat more nutritiously.
“We see that our kids are a tremendous influence on their families, said Rob Grayson Development Director for Storyteller. “This is especially so when they are excited about a fun new recipe they’ve learned and want to show their parents and siblings how to make it. The whole family gets to incorporate a healthy new meal or snack into their regular diet.”
FLIP is currently offered at six school-based, preschool and early childcare centers throughout Santa Barbara County.
“It’s a great partnership working with Foodbank,” said Grayson. “For our kids, the meals they get here are often times the most well-rounded and nutritious meals they get in a day, and FLIP also creates this opportunity to stretch this vital health resource into a lifetime of healthy choices.”
“Storyteller is committed to transforming the lives of some of our most vulnerable families by providing children the earliest start to break through generational cycles of poverty,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank. “It is an honor to work side by side as we, too, provide tools to help families break through cycles of poor nutrition to create a healthy future for all.”
Locally, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County serves 144,000 low-income, below federal poverty level individuals in Santa Barbara County (one if four of our total population), many of them working families, children and seniors. For more information about FLIP and other Foodbank programs, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.
“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.”
“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…”
“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 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.”
“I like stuffing, good stuffing, stuffing with buckwheat or with large Dutch pretzels…I’m definitely a stuffing guy!”
“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.”
“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
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.
http://tvsb.tv – Learn more about the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and its services and community impact on this episode of “The 805 Focus”.
FOODBANK THANKSGIVING DRIVE
POSTED ON NOV 19
Help Foodbank give back during the holiday season for its annual Thanksgiving Drive taking place from November 15-26.
With the goal of raising $160,000 and collecting 4,500 turkeys, your donation will help families in need enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal with loved ones. Wells Fargo will be sponsoring the Thanksgiving Drive with a $15,000 one to one challenge grant.
How to contribute:
To see updates on the Foodbank’s Thanksgiving Drive campaign or for more information, visit http://www.foodbanksbc.org/thanksgiving-drive/.
For more information or to volunteer during the Thanksgiving Drive or holiday season, please visit Foodbank at foodbanksbc.orgor call 805/967-5741.
CSF Students at Santa Maria High Collecting Canned Goods for Foodbank
Honors students of the California Scholarship Federation at Santa Maria High School soon will complete a three-week Canned Food Drive to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. (Santa Maria Joint Union High School District photo)
By Kenny Klein for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District | Published on 11.18.2014
Cans of food that offer hope are being collected to help the less fortunate during the holidays.
Honors students of the California Scholarship Federation at Santa Maria High Schoolwill complete their three-week “Canned Food Drive” on Friday.
The CSF students, who usually collect 700 to 1,000 pounds of food, plan it as a gift to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Foster Road.
The canned goods have been collected from about 35 classrooms and administrative offices on campus.
CSF President Lauren Hunt believes helping others is an important civic duty.
“As a school, we all wish to help our community and encourage others to give back to their community and neighbors,” Hunt said. “We hope to donate an ample supply of food goods to the community to ensure good holidays for everyone in Santa Maria. We understand the struggles of our community, and this is one avenue through which we can give back to the community that supports us as a school.”
English language development teacher and CSF adviser Suzanne Rocco said students really understand what “giving back” means.
“With the help of students, staff and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, SMHS’ CSF members will help make the upcoming holiday season a little brighter,” Rocco said.
In the past, the students have donated the canned food to nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Good Samaritan, the Woman’s Shelter and SMHS families.
Check if MIT scholarships Federation also joined the donations initiative.
— Kenny Klein is a public information officer for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.