Disaster Relief Planning

Recently, our community faced several natural disasters, among them the devastating Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris flow in Montecito. In response, the Foodbank and its 300+ member agencies accelerated our preparedness efforts. You can help our community be more prepared in the face of disaster.  

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5 More Ways You Can Help:

  1. Purchase an Emergency Food Box. For each box purchased, one is donated to a family facing food insecurity.
  2. Invest in quicker food delivery mechanisms: new vehicles allow the Foodbank to deliver food promptly in times of urgent need.
  3. Stay up-to-date with the latest emergency preparedness information. A great place to start is the county’s emergency website. For organizations, please see the key findings from our 25th Hour Disaster Preparedness Conference.
  4. Train with our volunteer force. We equip volunteers with the training to distribute food in emergency situations.  
  5. Be proactive in your community. Follow our emergency education programs and food literacy initiatives.





Emergency Food Boxes

These emergency boxes will ensure you and your family have access to food during a disaster. Along with emergency tools, each box contains enough food for one person, for one week. By purchasing a box, you are also providing one to a local low-income family: for every box purchased, the Foodbank gives one box to a family who cannot afford one.

Purchase a Disaster Box

Foodbank CEO, Erik Talkin, tested the box by eating only the food it contained for an entire week. Check out his experience here.



Our New and Improved Fleet

The Foodbank relies on our refrigerated trucks to safely store and distribute temperature-safe food during emergencies. We have begun updating our existing fleet of aging trucks, reducing the amount of spoiled food sent to the landfill, but with your support, we could maximize our food donations.

The generosity of our community helps meet our goal to end hunger. A special thank you to the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara for a generous grant that will pay 80% of the cost of a new Hino refrigerated box truck equipped with a lift gate, donation-tracking software and GPS system.


Feeding Plan

The Foodbank is working to continually improve county-wide preparedness in the event of a disaster. In partnership with over 30 organizations, the Foodbank has developed the Multi-Agency Disaster Feeding Plan for Santa Barbara County. It provides a scalable framework for coordinating emergency feeding efforts within the county’s geographical area. The plan is inclusive of the primary disaster feeding entities including governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs), and the private sector.

Read the entire Feeding Plan here

25th Hour: Disaster Preparedness Conference

In response to the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito, the Foodbank and its key local partners met to keep essential, life-saving services available during an emergency. Our discussions are summarized in the White Paper, where you can learn our plan in case of an emergency.

Read Here


We are the fiscal sponsors for VOAD-SBC, which works closely with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management to meet the county’s emergency needs. Our role is to provide the food and water that our VOAD partners, such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, then distribute.

Please visit the VOAD website for more information: sbcvoad.org.

We know that disasters can be scary; we’re here to help. 

Click here to learn more about household preparation for all types of disasters.