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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Feeding America Launch “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign to Combat Hunger in Santa Barbara County — Last Day to Give

One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including 1 in 5 children in Santa Barbara County. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County are running the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, until May 20. Today is the last day to give.

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NEWS RELEASE Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Partners with Walmart to Fight Hunger Spark Change


Volunteer Appreciation Month: How to Make a Difference

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will be shining a spotlight throughout the next several weeks on our amazing volunteers, who enable us to do our work to battle food insecurity throughout the county.

There are many ways to make a difference in your community by supporting the Foodbank’s mission through volunteerism.

At our Santa Maria and Santa Barbara warehouse locations, volunteers are needed to assist with food sorting, agency shopping, administrative tasks and other warehouse duties. Children, as young as five, are welcome to volunteer with their family and friends at our Saturday Family Days, when they sort food, crate produce and learn about the Foodbank and our work.

In our communities, volunteers facilitate our Mobile Farmer’s Markets, Mobile Food Pantry and Brown Bag Distributions. This allows us to provide food to those directly in need. If you enjoy working with children and sharing your knowledge, you might be interested in Picnic in the Park, Teens Love Cooking, Food Literacy in Preschool or Kids Farmers Market. Children learn about healthy food choices and receive fresh produce in these volunteer-run programs.

Perhaps, you may be interested in joining one of our Empty Bowls Committees or sharing your expertise in marketing, social media and much, much more. There are so many ways to lend your time and talents, to keep up to date with the latest volunteer opportunities, visit us at and be sure to create an account.

In addition to volunteering, we want to remind you that one of the simplest ways that anyone can participate in our mission, is by hosting and/or donating to a food drive.  Over 60% of the food that we distribute annually comes from donations. Our biggest food drive of the year is our county-wide Letter Carriers’ Drive when we partner with our Postal Offices on Saturday, May 11. Keep your eyes peeled for a paper bag or post card in your mailbox with all the details and then, on May 11, be sure to leave your donations out for your letter carrier to pick up on their routes. All donated food goes directly to Santa Barbara County residents!


Foodbank Establishes Emergency Thomas Fire & Flood Food Distribution Sites

The Foodbank is the primary provider of food in case of emergency in our region. We work with a strong network of government, health, school and private partners to ensure that everyone affected has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy groceries, nutritious snacks and clean drinking water.

The Foodbank has identified and are serving the following populations:

  • Evacuees at the Red Cross Shelter at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC);
  • Those living or sheltering on Santa Barbara’s east and west sides and in Carpinteria, many of whom are experiencing loss of work/income since the Montecito flood, and who already had been similarly impacted by the Thomas fire;
  • 400 Montecito Union School students and families while instruction is relocated to SBCC;
  • First responders at Earl Warren Showgrounds; and
  • The community as a whole via the Santa Barbara County Local Assistance Center 

We will continue to meet nutrition needs as recovery from the Montecito Flood and Thomas Fire evolves. Here’s how you can help:

At the Foodbank, $1 = 8 meals. How? Volume purchase, grocery rescue, grower and retailer donations, gleaning local orchards and private gardens, and a national and statewide network of foodbanks significantly lowers costs. Your monetary donation goes the furthest toward meeting evolving needs.

Donate online or donate by phone Monday through Friday (8am-5pm) at 805-967-5741 x101

Volunteer opportunities include food sorting and bagging, staffing distribution sites, holding down the fort at the Local Assistance Center, gleaning fresh fruit and vegetables from local orchards and gardens, even writing notes of care and support to those receiving food!

Find opportunities and register to volunteer at For more information, contact Director of Community Engagement Rachael Quisel or call (805)403-2471

General questions?
Contact Marketing and Communications Manager Judith Smith-Meyer at (805) 967-5741 x104


Fresh produce and healthy groceries for those displaced from their homes or facing economic dislocation resulting from lost income/work after the Montecito Flood. No paperwork required.

  • St. Joseph Church
    In collaboration with Catholic Charities and our sister Feeding America foodbank, Food Share, Inc. of Ventura County, we’re providing food to Carpinteria residents and evacuees.
    Wed-Fri, January 17-19 / 10am – 3pm
    1532 Linden Avenue Carpinteria, 93013
  • Westside Community Center
    Wed, January 17 / 10am – 2pm
    423 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
  • Harding University Partnership School
    Thurs & Fri, January 18 & 19 / 2:30-4:30pm
    1625 Robbins Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
  • Franklin Community Center
    Fresh fruits & veggies only
    Every Thursday / 1 pm
    1136 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, 93103
  • Santa Barbara County Local Assistance Center
    Mon-Fri, January 17 – February 3 / 11am – 6:30pm
    Saturdays, January 20 & 27, February 3 / 10am – 2pm
    Calvary Chapel, 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, #21, Santa Barbara, 93103
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Montecito Union School has relocated instruction for most of its 400 students to SBCC. An after-school farm stand with fresh produce will be available for MUS students and families.
    Fri, January 19
  • Food for First Responders
    Healthy snacks for first responders delivered daily to Earl Warren Showgrounds

Noozhawk: Hungry Crowd Shows Up For Lompoc Empty Bowls Fundraiser

A rainy day provided the perfect setting Wednesday for soup-seeking attendees at the Lompoc Empty Bowls event. The 13th annual benefit for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County drew hundreds of people to the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center on West Ocean Avenue. Assorted restaurants and other organizations provided gourmet soups served in hand-painted bowls, with bread and water making up the remainder of the simple meal.

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Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Bonipak Packaging Co.

Last year, Bonipak donated approximately 17,000 meals to the Foodbank, and their donations have supported partners like the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Shelter and Santa Ynez Elementary School. Bonipak’s donations have including popular items like Artichokes, Bok Choy, and Celery, and have added nutrition and variety to the menu of our County’s non-profit organizations. Bonipak has been growing and distributing fresh produce in the Santa Maria valley for almost 90 years, and their “seed to sale” program allows them to optimize quality, quantity, and timing within the produce market. The Foodbank is proud to have their support!

Tom Minetti, Alain Pincot, Jamie Nichols from Foodbank , Rob Ferini, Craig Reade and Mitch Ardantz

Donated Items: Assorted Cut Vegetables

Programs Supported: Kids Farmers Markets

Meals Donated: 16,678

For more information on Bonipak Packaging Co., head to their website here.


Hunger-Relief Champion 2015: Hollandia Produce

With generations of experience growing in greenhouses the Hollandia family of farms in Carpinteria are an amazing partner to the Foodbank. For over 15 years Hollandia has been donating beautiful living lettuce year round which helps us keep up with demand for fresh produce even in the winter. Hollandia has committed to providing lettuce to our Kids Farmers Market program which focuses on reaching families in low income areas. Kids and parents alike love getting a still living plant to take home and harvest themselves! We are thankful to have the support of a Hunger-Relief Champion like Hollandia.

Hollandia 2015 Hunger Champion

Donor for 15 years

Programs Supported: Kids Farmers Markets

Meals Donated 38,995

For more information on Hollandia Produce, head to their website here.