Here is a recap of one of our first Food as Medicine lessons!
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!
Contact Marketing and Communications Manager Judith Smith-Meyer at (805) 967-5741 x104
WHERE & WHEN TO GET HELP
EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES
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
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.
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!
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.
Epic Veg has supported the Foodbank by donating 27,114 meals in total.
You can find more info on their location here.
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.
Donor for 15 years
Programs Supported: Kids Farmers Markets
Meals Donated 38,995
For more information on Hollandia Produce, head to their website here.
Jordano’s work has been selling food in Santa Barbara County for over 100 years and has become one of the largest distributors of food in community. We are very thankful for the decades of support from Jordano’s who has donated a wide range of high-quality produce, dairy products and frozen foods. We are so thankful for a partner like Jordano’s to help fight hunger in Santa Barbara County.
Donor Since: Decades!
Donated Items: Assorted Produce, Dairy and Frozen Foods
Meals Donated 63,328
For more information on Jordano’s, head to their website here.
Pacific Coast Produce Inc. is a local distributor of top quality produce, premium foods and fruits. Their support of the Foodbank is commendable and we are so grateful for their support.
Donor for many years
Donated Items: Broccoli, Lettuce, Squash
Meals Donated: 90,265
For more information on Pacific Coast Produce Inc., head to their website here.