What We Do

Going straight from hunger to health is quite a leap. It requires jumping over that place of ‘I have enough calories, but the food I am eating is making me unhealthy.’ It’s a leap to a much better place.

lightbulb-iconWith each person and family we reach through food distribution, we are introducing nutrition education to transform the health and potential of working families, seniors and other individuals countywide. 
Last year, the Foodbank distributed more 9.7 million pounds of food from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

Our food is utilized by 1 in 4 people in our community.
Fully half of the food we distribute is fresh produce.


Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s mission is to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition.


The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is committed to taking a negative thing – hunger – and through our combined community efforts transforming it into a positive thing – health. what-we-do-pip-carpThis leap forward in health is achieved with three ingredients: food, education and empowerment. The challenges of Hunger, Nutrition and Obesity used to be separate areas dealt with by different approaches and by different agencies and groups. The Foodbank is now tackling all three of these problems at once – through a nationally recognized continuum of programs that provide cradle to graduation intervention in children’s lives.

plate-iconThis builds what we call their food literacy: their ability to look after themselves with food – to budget, shop cook and use food responsibly. If we can transform their relationship to food to being one of using it as a scarce and valuable resource to power their personal health, then that is going to create that tipping point that makes a huge transformation in the health of Santa Barbara County.

By supporting the Foodbank, you are also supporting the good work of
300 agencies and programs countywide.

Click here to the full list of nonprofit partners: Non-profit partners list
Click here to see a report on how much food the Foodbank distributes to local charities.


    At the Foodbank we are concerned with keeping people fed today while we create innovative programs that use good nutrition to ensure the healthy future of our community.

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    Understanding the issues is the first step in solving hunger.


    … and how are we different?