The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s free Brown Bag Program supplies local low-income seniors with a bounty of fresh groceries twice a month. Single seniors over the age of 60 whose household income is less than $1,507 qualify for the program, as well as seniors in larger households with low incomes. Participants can pick up three bags filled with fresh produce and protein-rich, shelf-stable foods on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Carpinteria Veterans Hall, 941 Walnut Ave. Coordinator Pat Beals said that people in need who have trouble picking up food, should contact her at 807-7337 to discuss delivery.
The holiday season is in full swing, and the Santa Barbara County Food Bank will be accepting turkey donations for its entire duration.
However, this year’s annual drive for Thanksgiving dinner’s most popular centerpiece has thus far fallen short of expectations, by a couple thousand turkeys.
“We have just under 10 percent of what we need for what we were aiming for in terms of donations,” Operations Director Paul Wilkins told the Sun. “At the moment, we are just now at over 300 donated out of 3,000.”
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County needs about 3,000 turkeys by Monday. So far, it has only received about 200, which is less than 7 percent of its goal.
“We are looking at a paltry sum of the poultry that we need,” said Paul Wilkins, the new director of operations. “We are really feeling the crunch right now. We are hugely dependent on the community helping us out.”
Some 100 Ticktockers from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL), partnered with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to kick off the Foodbank’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive on Oct. 28.
Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank provided an overview of the Foodbank and shared a story about the new face of hunger, saying: “It’s not what you think it is”.
It’s official. We’re on the downhill run through the holidays.
Economists predict a pretty good season for retailers, in part because Christmas and the start of a new year fall on a Monday, meaning a long weekend off for many workers, and more hours to finish off your gift list.
Fighting local hunger, hundreds of Rabobank N.A. employees in the Santa Maria Valley and Lompoc have launched a two-week food drive to help replenish the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County’s inventory in time for the holiday season.
More than 200 employees from the bank’s area branches and operations center are inviting the community to help achieve the goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food.
Members of the Yardi Marketing team gathered for a two-day conference in sunny Santa Barbara. As the conference drew to a close, theteam celebrated with a volunteer service event at The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (Foodbank SBC).
Foodbank SBC is moving the community from hunger to health. The organization is “not only feeding but teaching how to fish.”
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will host the 20th Annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ben Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. Seatings begin at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
The annual event raises awareness about hunger and food insecurity throughout the community and raises funds to end hunger in Santa Barbara County.
A heat wave didn’t deter hundreds of Santa Maria Valley residents from devouring assorted gourmet soups Wednesday to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
The 16th annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls, with the theme “Turn Hunger Into Health,” occurred at the Santa Maria Fairpar, where the event’s popularity still meant two separate seatings to accommodate the crowd.
Despite the heat wave Wednesday, hundreds gathered at the 20th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in Santa Maria to enjoy soup, take home a bowl and, most importantly, help end hunger in the community.
For Santa Maria couple Teri and Allan Hansen, who attend both the Santa Maria and Lompoc Empty Bowls events every chance they get, the heat didn’t bother them.