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Santa Barbara Gift Baskets Donating Proceeds of Holiday Promotion to Foodbank

POSTED ON 04.16.2014 11:38 A.M.


Santa Barbara Gift Baskets will present a check for more than $2,000 to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Thursday at the Foodbank’s Multi Chamber Mega Mixer.

The donation stems from a promotion Santa Barbara Gift Baskets launched in December, featuring a gift basket filled with local gourmet foods.

Twenty five dollars from the sale of each $125 gift basket was collected for donation to the Foodbank to use toward its mission to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and other resources to a network of hunger-relief charities in Santa Barbara County.

Each Foodbank Holiday Gift Basket included a card that informed the recipient that their gift consisted of not only the delicious treats nestled inside, but also a donation of $25 to the Foodbank.

According to the Foodbank, for every $1 it receives as a donation, it is able to purchase $17 worth of food. That translates to $425 worth of food per gift basket purchased, and more than $35,000 for the entire donation.

The Foodbank was not the only organization benefiting from the sale of the basket. Fourteen local businesses were represented among the gourmet contents. Every dollar spent on the Foodbank Holiday Gift Basket stayed right here in Santa Barbara County, supporting the local economy as well as its most needy residents.

Several local businesses chose to send the Foodbank Holiday Gift Basket as their client appreciation gift this year, including Heritage Oaks Bank, Best Western of Carpinteria, and Penfield & Smith Engineers.

“We chose the Foodbank Holiday Gift Basket this year to share a taste of the wonderful local items with some of our clients, both near and far, as well as to do something good for our community,” said Julie Miller of Penfield & Smith. “Supporting local business and giving back is integral to building and maintaining great communities like Santa Barbara. We are proud to have been a part of it.”

The Foodbank Multi Chamber Mega Mixer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Foodbank warehouse at 4554 Hollister Ave. Members and guests of the following Chambers of Commerce will participate in this free networking event: Santa Barbara Region, Goleta Valley, Carpinteria, Buellton, Solvang, Lompoc, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber.

Some of the local food purveyors included Santa Barbara Pistachios, Santa Barbara Biscotti, La Tolteca Tortilla Factory, Santa Barbara Olive Co., Pacific Pickle Works, Shalhoob Meat Co., Jessica Foster Chocolates, Goodland Chai, Ocean Ranch Organics, Burst Marshmallows, San Marcos Farms, Caribbean Coffee, the Santa Barbara Bar and Santa Barbara Gourmet Popcorn. The basket also included a copy of Edible Santa Barbara Magazine.

— Anne Pazier represents Santa Barbara Gift Baskets.



Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club Served 115,000 Snacks in 2013 with Foodbank Support



The United Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria announced that the organization was able to serve more than 115,000 nutritional snacks to local youths in 2013 thanks to the food support of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

The Foodbank provided enough free and low-priced food items for the club to serve a vast accumulation of healthy snacks throughout the year to children in need, including food served after school, as well as breakfast, lunch and two snacks during summer and recess days.

Without the support of the Foodbank and all of its contributors, many of these children would go without proper nutritional meals and snacks. An important factor about the food the club receives is that the quality is quite outstanding, especially the fresh produce so graciously donated to the Foodbank by local farmers and ranchers.

Each week a club representative is able to shop at the Foodbank, which carries an abundance of fruits and vegetables, in addition to refrigerated, frozen, canned and boxed food items, which are later prepared into nutritional snacks for hungry children.

“I am so pleased to see children putting down the hot Cheetos bags they brought from home and picking up apples instead,” said Amanda Lyon, a club staff who helps prepare the daily snacks.

Every child who walks through the club’s door is offered something to eat, and children may be sent home with healthy weekend snack bags if there are leftover perishable items. Children don’t only eat the snacks, but they are also educated about the foods they consume, healthy lifestyles and good nutrition thanks to specialized club programming and the Foodbank’s program Farmers Market.

The club staff, children and parents thank the Foodbank and everyone who contributes to it for keeping the youth in the community appropriately fed.

— Jamie Collins is director of the United Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria.



Foodbank Launches Family Philanthropy Program with Focus on Volunteerism

Noozhawk_Logo_BigNonProfitsLogoPublished on 02.04.2014

As a leader in improving nutritional health in our region, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce its newly formalized Family Philanthropy Program.

The new Family Philanthropy Program at the Foodbank seeks to engage families and will allow siblings, partners, grandparents, parents and children alike to come together and impact the community around nutritious food for all.

A key component of the Family Philanthropy Program is the KIDS4FOODBANK Club, which provides an opportunity for the community’s youngest leaders to learn about and volunteer at the Foodbank.

The KIDS4FOODBANK Club is led by 10-year-old Jacob Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank president and avid Foodbank supporter and volunteer.

“Kids4Foodbank is really amazing!” Mansbach said. “I like that the Foodbank is letting kids work to learn about the Foodbank and how it helps people in Santa Barbara. I want to see more kids join our club!”

Mansbach became an active Foodbank supporter after volunteering at the Santa Barbara warehouse three years ago. He helped fill backpacks with fruits, vegetables and other nutritious food for the nonprofit’s BackPack Program, which focuses on helping homeless and transient children get the nutrition they need during the weekend, when they may not be receiving meals elsewhere.

“Compassion for others is something every parent would like to impart to their children,” said Jennifer Mansbach, Jacob’s mother and a Foodbank Knowledge Philanthropist who is overseeing the program. “Foodbank has created a unique opportunity for families to share in family philanthropy and to make an impact on their community.”

“We could not be more grateful for the work of the Mansbach family to help our future generations become champions of nutritious food for all,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “By instilling the fundamentals of good nutrition and community service within the family unit, we can enhance the lives of people today while carrying these values forward.”

The Foodbank hosts Saturday Family Days (includes a facility tour, volunteers projects, nutrition education and physical fitness activities) for the Kids4Foodbank Club the second Saturday of every month. The next date is 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Saturday. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Jennifer Mansbach at jen@mansbach.com. A reservation and volunteer application/waiver is required.

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 BarbaraCounty, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals — half of which was fresh produce. Click here for more information.

— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.




Veronica Sandoval Joins Board of Directors for CASA of Santa Barbara County


By Tara Gross for CASA of Santa BarbaraCounty | Published on 01.27.2014 8:45 a.m.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce the appointment of Veronica Sandoval to its Board of Directors.

“Veronica is a wonderful person with a clear commitment to the community,” said Anthony Papa, board president. “We are honored to have her join our Board of Directors and believe she will play an active role in shaping the future of our organization.”

Sandoval has a long history in the Santa Ynez Valley and descends from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She began her employment with the tribe in 1995 and has worked in various departments, including entertainment, marketing and public relations. Currently, she serves as administrator of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation. The foundation was established on a basic principle: to build partnerships and work collaboratively to make our community a better place to live and work.

As the administrator, Sandoval is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s giving programs and the development and implementation of foundation strategies while placing particular value on activities and programs that expand opportunities for the least advantaged, protect the environment, and enhance the lives of area youth.

Active in both her tribal community and the local community, Sandoval currently serves as a trustee for the College School District Board and volunteers for great organizations such as Junior Blind Olympics, People Helping People, and the Kids’ Farmers Market through the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“Veronica has a long history of supporting CASA of Santa Barbara County, and I am excited that she has decided to join the board of directors,” said Kim Colby Davis, executive director of CASA. “We are fortunate to have board members who are not only experts in various industries, but also who are dedicated to CASA’s mission and the children we serve.”

CASA of Santa Barbara County serves abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children who cannot depend on their parents to do what is in their best interests and are going through the foster care system. CASA volunteers are designated by the juvenile judge to advocate for these children during this confusing and traumatic time in their lives. CASA volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

CASA of Santa Barbara County is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.

If you would like more information, contact Tara Gross at 805.739.9102 x2595 or email tara@sbcasa.org.

— Tara Gross is an outreach coordinator for CASA of Santa Barbara County.




Brown & Brown Insurance Wins Foodbank’s Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge


By Flannery Hill for the Foodbank of Santa BarbaraCounty | Published on 01.21.2014 4:26 p.m.

The competitive spirit surrounding the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s annual Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge was at an all-time high this past holiday season, helping to make the 2013 competition a great success.

The nine local companies involved — Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox, Deckers Outdoor Corp., Ergomotion, Fidelity National Title, Network Hardware Resale, Village Properties and Yardi Systems — were able to collectively bring in 22,463 pounds of food, 266 turkeys, 442.5 hours of service and $47,309.44 in donations, an increase from last year by more than $5,700.

Each of the participating companies played an important role in the Foodbank’s goal of increasing food security and greatly contributed to meet the need this holiday season.

» Based on a point system relative to their number of employees, Brown & Brown Insurance claimed this year’s winning title with $3,416.37 raised, 61.25 volunteer hours served and through harvesting more than 2,000 pounds of locally grown produce for the Foodbank to secure the win.

» Deckers, a two-time winner of the challenge, raised nearly $20,000 in financial donations and donated more than 100 turkeys.

» Village Properties provided the highest number of volunteer hours.

» Citrix kicked off the drive at its annual Employee Wellness Day with a canned food collection contest.

» Cox employees picked an amazing 6,251 pounds of produce.

» Ergomotion was a strong second-place contender in the Points to Employee category.

» Fidelity National Title came on board for first year and was a fierce contender.

» Network Hardware Resale picked 2,280 pounds of produce.

» Village Properties hosted a happy hour fundraiser at Cadiz.

» Yardi inspired employees to bring in canned and boxed food for a sculpture contest including a “Burger Bus” replica.

“Brown & Brown Insurance and its employees know how important it is to give back to the community where they live, work and raise their families,” said Susan Rodriguez, executive vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance Services of California Inc. “Our culture promotes and encourages employee involvement through monetary and hours donated. Through our competitive environment, we work together to help those nonprofits that we support improve their mission.

“Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides much needed food and nutrition education in the community where we live and work. We enjoyed being part of the Corporate Challenge in 2013. Our competitive spirit was heightened as we received weekly and monthly results of those who participated in the Corporate Challenge. Brown & Brown Insurance looks forward to its continued support of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

“Every pound, dollar and volunteer hour truly does count and we commend all of the corporations for their generosity,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “What an amazing gift our Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge participants have given to our community through our programs and our network of 300 nonprofits and programs this holiday season.”

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.