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Local Girl Scouts Holding Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Foodbank

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Local Girl Scouts Holding Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Foodbank

By Girl Scouts-Costa de Oro Service Unit | Published on 11.18.2014

 The local Girl Scout service unit will be holding a holiday food drive this month.

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts from Goleta to Carpinteria will be at neighborhood Vons supermarkets accepting donations on behalf of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara.

Mother-daughter food drive organizers Michelle and Clare Kelly said the goal of the drive is to collect more than 3,000 pounds of food to help make the holiday season bright for local families in need this year.

“I’ve done a food drive with my Girl Scout troop the past eight years,” Senior Girl Scout Clare Kelly said. “It was so much fun that I thought other troops in our service unit might like to participate and help even more people in need. Last year, the whole service unit participated in the holiday food drive and it was a huge success.”

In 2013, 130 Girl Scouts and leaders from 18 troops collected 3,257 pounds of food in 20 hours.

“The goal of last year’s food drive was a ton — 2,000 pounds,” troop leader Michelle Kelly said. “Since we collected 3,200 pounds last year, the girls set a goal of 3,300 pounds for this year.”

On Friday, Nov. 21, six troops will be collecting donations at the Montecito Vons, the Vons on Fairview Avenue in Goleta and the Vons in Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Plaza. On Saturday, Nov. 22, 16 troops will be collecting donations at the La Cumbre Plaza Vons, the Vons on Fairview Avenue, the Carpinteria Vons and the Vons on Turnpike Road in Goleta.

The programs receiving assistance from the Foodbank include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school and senior feeding programs. Items needed include olive oil, fresh produce, peanut butter, canned or dried fruit, canned vegetables, canned stew and vegetarian chili, cornmeal, tortillas, canned meats, fruit juice, pasta, rice, beans, tuna, soup, bread, cereal, spices, coffee and tea.

For those unable to make it to one of the five Vons locations, donations can always be dropped off during regular weekday Foodbank hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at 4554 Hollister Ave. in Goleta. The Foodbank will also accept checks. For every dollar donated, the Foodbank can provide eight healthy meals for people.

For more information about the food drive, contact the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County at 805.967.5741.

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 more than 330 member nonprofit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; more than 140,575 unduplicated people of whom 36 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.

The Costa de Oro Service Unit serves all Girl Scout troops from Carpinteria to Goleta, providing support to more than 65 troops, approximately 700 girls and more than 300 adults. Costa de Oro is one of the largest service units in the Central Coast Council, which serves the six counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Click here for more information.

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Edward Jones Branch Supports Foodbank

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November 20, 2014

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Edward Jones Branch Supports Foodbank

Kelly Hunziker and Jim Watts, Edward Jones financial advisors in Solvang, are supporting the Santa Barbara County Food Bank by using their offices as a drop-off location for a canned food drive.

Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch offices during regular business hours from Nov. 10 to Dec. 15.

The items needed for the food drive include: rice, beans, soups, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, canned meats, fruit juice, coffee and tea, flour and sugar.

The branch addresses are: 650 Alamo Pintado Road, Suite 202, Solvang, CA 93463 and 595 Alamo Pintado Road, Suite B, Solvang.

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County holding annual Thanksgiving Drive

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November 20, 2014

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Thanksgiving Drive-Through Attracts Donors with Street Rods

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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.

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Preschool Students Collect Turkeys for Food Bank

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November 19, 2014

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Preschool students collect turkeys for food bank

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Thanksgiving is about a week away and some local preschoolers have been working for the past few months to help provide turkeys for Central Coast families in need. Kids at Bryant’s AAA Club in Lompoc raised about $1,200 during their third annual turkey drive.

On Wednesday, the kids used that money to buy turkeys for the Santa Barbara County Foodbank. Organizers say they were following in the footsteps of KSBY’s Season of Hope campaign. They say the turkeys weighed in at 944 pounds.

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