Family Philanthropy Program

The Foodbank now has a formal Family Philanthropy Program that encourages and supports community involvement through family focused volunteer projects and activities. Family philanthropy allows families (siblings, partners, grandparents, parents, children alike) to come together and impact the community around nutritious food for all.

Part of the program also includes the JOIN JACOB, summer Foodbank activities for children, culminating in a local triathlon.

Saturday Family Day – Santa Barbara & Santa Maria

On the second or third Saturday of every month, come visit the Santa Barbara or Santa Maria facility, tour, enjoy the Foodbank bike blender and take part in a volunteer project. There are only slots for 30 children and all children require a parent chaperon.

To reserve your family’s spot in Santa Barbara 9 – 10:30 am: Please sign up by clicking here. Or if you have questions, please contact Jen Mansbach, our knowledge philanthropist running the Santa Barbara program.

To reserve your family’s spot in Santa Maria: Please contact Darlene Chavez.
Santa Maria Saturday Family Days start at 9 am and conclude at 10:30 am.
A reservation and volunteer application/waiver are required.

  • A light snack and beverages provided.
  • All guests must wear closed-toes shoes and long pants and follow all warehouse safety policies. Safety rules will be reviewed by Operations team.
  • This event counts towards Community Service hours.

Other Volunteer Projects (countywide)

There are also other kid-friendly activities during the week that coincide with school breaks. For example, working together to repackage bulk product Mon – Fri 9 AM – 12 PM or handing out lunches in the summer to children through the Picnic in the Park Program.

JOIN JACOB (more information…)

This year-long club offers fun Foodbank volunteer activities with supported physical fitness and nutrition resources.