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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.


Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Jordano’s

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.

Jordanos 6-2016

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.


Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Innovative Produce

George and Debbie Adams (former Foodbank Board member) of Innovative Produce are hard working farmers and supporters of the Foodbank. Innovative Produce grows organic and conventional broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce in the Santa Maria Valley. They have also been instrumental in our Pick and Pack program, where their harvest crews field sort cosmetically damaged product into reusable produce totes supplied by the Foodbank. They have also donated two fields of romaine to our Backyard Bounty gleaning program. A Hunger Relief Champion that lives up to its name, Innovative Produce continues to work creatively to end hunger in our community.

 You can tell roots are deep in Santa Barbara County from the 120 year old wooden door behind Foodbank SBC COO Jamie Nichols and George receiving his Hunger Relief Champion certificate!

You can tell roots are deep in Santa Barbara County from the 120 year old wooden door behind Foodbank SBC COO Jamie Nichols and George receiving his Hunger Relief Champion certificate!

Donor Since: 2013

Donated Items: Broccoli, Lettuce, Cauliflower

Programs Supported: Former Board Member, Backyard Bounty, Food Action Plan, Pick & Pack

Meals Donated: 110,243

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


Hunger Relief Champion 2015: Apio Produce Sales

Apio Produce was established in the Santa Maria Valley in 1979 and has grown to be a major grower, packer and distributer of vegetables. Their support of our Kids Farmer’s Markets program with seasonal produce has ensured that our kids grow up loving fresh vegetables. These nutrition education events are hosted at afterschool programs across the county, and they provide children with fresh, seasonal produce and healthy recipes. “Apio has a great passion for vegetables and the nutritional benefits they provide. At times we experience inventory surpluses or oversupply during the harvesting of crops. As it is our mission to ensure that nothing goes to waste, we are proud to be partners with the Foodbank. This relationship allows us to deliver fresh vegetables locally and a be a strong contributor to the health and wellness of the community.” Sparky Locke – Apio Vice President of Western Operations

Ron Midyett, Landec COO , Alexa Senter - Foodbank, Sparky Locke - Apio Vice President of Western Operations, Andrew Fernandez - Apio Vice President of Procurement

Ron Midyett, Landec COO , Alexa Senter – Foodbank, Sparky Locke – Apio Vice President of Western Operations, Andrew Fernandez – Apio Vice President of Procurement

Donor Since: Over 10 years

Donated Items: Assorted Cut Vegetables

Programs Supported: Apio Produce Sales’ contributions directly impact our Kids Farmers Markets Program.

Meals Donated: 134,680

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