Launched in April 2009
Recently, Morgan Stanley awarded the Foodbank a $25,000 grant in support of CalFresh outreach and education throughout Santa Barbara County.
The topic of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) can be confusing and overwhelming to many. CalFresh is a supplemental program that helps low-income people buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutritional levels. Though massive national cuts are pending, Santa Barbara County residents who are eligible can still obtain CalFresh assistance.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides CalFresh outreach and helps eligible community members with the application process.
Nutrition education partners such as the Foodbank are helping CalFresh program participants make the most of their benefits through innovative nutrition, food preparation and active lifestyle education programs. CalFresh benefits are provided on an electronic card (EBT) that is used like a debit card and accepted at many markets and food stores, including local farmers markets.
The Foodbank integrates CalFresh outreach through a number of its own programs such as Mobile Food Pantry and Healthy School Pantry, its award-winning health fair-style program leading community members to healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.