Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Call for Participants


Young Supporters invited to take on Santa Barbara Triathlon, Sunday, August 24 to raise funds for Foodbank

Attention all parents! Kids4Foodbank is looking for energetic kids between the ages of 7 and 18 to join our 2014 Triathlon Team. The team goals are to complete the sprint course of the Santa Barbara Triathlon on Sunday, August 24 and to raise funds to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to continue providing nourishment and nutrition education and provide resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners. The deadline to register for the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team is Friday, June 6.

“As a member of the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team, children will learn and grow in many ways,” said Jennifer Mansbach, Foodbank volunteer and Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator. “They will learn about the Foodbank and how it helps people and families, about how to volunteer their time to help others, about setting goals and working to meet them and about the power they possess to do something meaningful.”

The inspiration for the Kids4Foodbank team goes back to 2012 when then 8-year old Jacob Mansbach decided to try his first full triathlon, the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course. Jacob linked his triathlon goal with a fundraising goal and he raised over $4,600 that summer for the Foodbank. Jacob’s triathlon fundraiser has grown each summer and this summer’s team will be a great experience for all involved. “If you love swimming, biking and running and want to help the kids of Santa Barbara, come join me this summer and do something awesome,” said Jacob Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank founder.

Each team member will be asked to agree to a few simple commitments:

1) Fundraise for the Foodbank
2) Train for the Triathlon at your own pace
3) Have fun together doing something truly amazing!

There will be two team meetings, one in June and one in August. Team members will benefit from the guidance of John Herzog, a Santa Barbara based Ironman Triathlete and member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club, who has volunteered to mentor the kids on all things triathlon: equipment, health and nutrition, preparation and training guidance. “The triathlon community is an incredibly supportive one and I love to see kids finding the joy of the sport,” said Herzog. “Jacob is an inspiration to us all and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group.”

This team has the full support of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. We will have a donation page on the Foodbank website and all donations will be made to the Foodbank directly either by check or online.

Interested families or sponsors may contact Jennifer Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator at


About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 330 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information,