Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 25 – Lompoc Town Hall

Please join us for a Lompoc Town Hall Meeting – Hunger In Our Community
New Life Christian Center, 816 North C St., Lompoc CA 93436

On Monday, August 25th , 2014 6:00 – 7:00pm

Lompoc City Council Member Ashley Costa will facilitate a panel conversation on hunger and health in Lompoc. Our host will be Pastor Doug. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Bonnie Campbell at (805) 967-5741 ext. 121

Click here for a PDF flier in English
Haga clic aquí para un volante PDF en Español

Miembro del Concilio de la Ciudad de Lompoc Srita. Ashley Costa

“Preguntas y Respuestas” Reunión informativa para la comunidad

El hambre en nuestra comunidad. El público es bienvenido. Haga oír su voz

lunes 25 de Agosto 6:00p-7:00p

New Life Christian 816 North C Street Lompoc, CA 93436

Para más información comuníquese con Amy Lopez (805) 967-5741 ext. 115

Final Lompoc Town Hall FlierFinal Lompoc Espanol Flier



Father/Daughter Pair Learn Valuable Lessons Outside Classroom


Family spends Friday afternoons serving the hungry at Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

POSTED: 12:26 PM PDT Aug 21, 2014 UPDATED: 06:17 AM PDT Aug 22, 2014 
SANTA BARBARA, CA- While many students took the summer break to vacation and enjoy the time off from studying, one local girl spent time learning about more than she ever could in a textbook through volunteer work.

Meet Brooklyn Ayala, a third grader at Roosevelt School.

When it comes to summer vacation, there are two things this 8-year-old said she loves doing.

“I like to play with my friends. [Go to the] Park,” she said.

But this summer was different for Brooklyn as she found a new favorite place to be Friday afternoons:  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“I went to Picnic in the Park,” Brooklyn said.  “And I served food to kids.”

Picnic in the Park is the food bank’s 10-week program providing nutritious free meals to needy children.

“Hunger exists in our county,” said Misha Karbelnig of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.  “It’s a really surprising amount of people that need food bank assistance.  It’s 1 in 4 all throughout our county that need help.”

That’s why Brooklyn’s father, Daniel, chose volunteering as a weekly part of their summer

“I wanted to teach my daughter virtues of charity, service and kindness,” Ayala said.

Ayala said it’s an important lesson that goes beyond the classroom doors, and one he hopes all parents will teach their kids.

“I think she’s gaining a greater appreciation for people in need,” Ayala said.  “And how she can be an instrument in helping those who are in need.”

Brooklyn said she will head back to school this fall with a whole different take on life.

“I want to help people and  the world can be a better place,” she said.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers for programs this fall.  If you’re interested, you can find more information on its website.

The BEET: Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad


At the Foodbank, we pride ourselves in teaching others the importance of and value in preparing seasonal recipes that nourish our body.  And late Summer time is all about sweet and juicy tomatoes and peaches.  The sweetness of the peach perfectly balances the acidity of the tomato, and lucky for us, they are both in season together.  The colors alone will make your mouth water.

Tomatoes are an antioxidant powerhouse, their most famous antioxidant being lycopene.  Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, and a good source of potassium, vitamin K, and manganese.  Due to these powerful nutrients, tomatoes do a great job of protecting us from oxidative damage, reducing our risk for heart disease and certain cancers.  Some studies also suggest that tomatoes help protect our bloodstream as well as our bone and kidney health.

With the peach’s beautiful coral and golden orange colors, you can be sure you are eating a great source of Vitamin A.  Vitamin A is famous for promoting healthy vision, especially in low light.  Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, and skeletal and soft tissues.  It’s a dynamite nutrient.

Please indulge in this delicious and colorful salad as you embrace the last few weeks of Summer.  Your body will thank you!

Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad

     Prep Time: 5 Minutes                    Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 2 heirloom tomatoes (any color), cored and thinly slicedTomates and Peaches
  • 2 ripe peaches, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup torn or julienned fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste


Combine the tomatoes, peaches and red onion in a bowl and toss with the basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until evenly mixed. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to two days. Enjoy in the sunshine with family if possible!


  • Nectarines for peaches if you prefer smooth to fuzzy skin
  • Apple cider vinegar for Balsamic vinegar for a milder taste


  • A sprinkle of creamy feta or goat cheese for cheese lovers
  • Pistachios or walnuts for a sweet crunch

Local Kids Competing in Triathlon and Fundraising for Foodbank


Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Producer/Reporter, [email protected]

POSTED: 10:11 AM PDT Aug 17, 2014 UPDATED: 12:11 PM PDT Aug 17, 2014


Team Jacob


Local kids are making a difference, training for the Santa Barbara Triathlon and raising money for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

17 kids have joined “Team Jacob”. They have spent weeks swimming, biking and running in preparation for the triathlon. The kids have also raised about 18,000 dollars to donate to the Foodbank. Their goal is to raise 50,000.

“Team Jacob” was started by Jacob Mansbach.  He’s spent a lot of his time volunteering at the Foodbank warehouse, delivering food to the community and raising awareness about hunger issues in Santa Barbara County. Helping to feed local children is a cause close to his heart.

One in five kids in Santa Barbara County is at risk of hunger. “Team Jacob” is racing and fundraising in honor of those kids.

If you would like to donate, log on to:

You can also mail a check to the Foodbank: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, attention Join Jacob, 1525 State Street, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Please write “Join Jacob” in the check memo.


Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to Honor Agricultural Community at Third Annual ‘Table of Life’ Gala


Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to Honor Agricultural Community at Third Annual ‘Table of Life’ Gala

Foodbank announces 2014 honorees Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s, with Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano as honorary chairs​

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will honor Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s at the 3rd Annual Table of Life Gala, on October 5th. Above: Honorees Chuck and Missy Sheldon (center) and representing Driscoll’s (left) Narded Eguiluz, Driscoll’s Distribution Center Manager and Foodbank’s Board of Trustees member; Vanessa Murillo, Driscoll’s Regional Administrative Assistant & Office Manager; and Nelson Medina, Driscoll’s Quality Assurance.

Santa Barbara, CA, August 13, 2014—The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is hosting its third annual Table of Life Gala on October 5th at the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road campus. The 2014 event will honor the agricultural community and those who play a large role in Foodbank’s hunger to health philosophy. The Table of Life Gala fundraiser benefits Foodbank’s “Feed the Future” programs, a series of innovative initiatives that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year’s Gala will honor Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s, with Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano as Honorary Event Chairs.

The 2014 honorees are examples of how both individuals and large-scale organizations can participate and help better the nutritional food cycle throughout Santa Barbara County. The Sheldon’s are personal and corporate supporters whose participation allows the community access to tens of thousands of tangerines yearly through Backyard Bounty, a tremendous source of the program’s growth. Driscoll’s, long-time supporters and leading global distributors of fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are passionate about contributing to their local community, while working to create a healthier and happier international workforce. With their Sembrando Salud program, Driscoll’s aims to reduce obesity and diabetes in the United States and Mexico by teaching farmers and their families how to live a healthier lifestyle through cooking, awareness and exercise. Through advocates like Driscoll’s and the Sheldon’s, the Foodbank is able to give back to the community in greater and more impactful ways.

Honorary Event Co-Chair, Marybeth Carty has served as the Community Partnership Manager for Venoco, Inc. since 2003, directing the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic outreach and interfacing with over 150 different nonprofit organizations per year. Honorary Event Co-Chair Arlene Montesano, a fashion and restaurant industry entrepreneur is extensively involved with various local philanthropic organizations and has a passion for nutrition, cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. Stephanie Sokolove will be the keynote speaker at the event. Sokolove is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and pioneer of the “S ophisticated Comfort Food” movement.

This year’s theme focuses on the major role agricultural plays on both the nutritional and financial health of Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank relies on over a million pounds of donated produce locally as well as bringing in another three million pounds of fruits and vegetables from other California counties.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has made fresh produce a focus, with food, education, and community development programs that emphasize fruits, vegetables and good nutrition.

Now in its third year, Feed the Future is Foodbank’s continuum of national award-winning programs aimed at teaching nutritional independence and health in children from infancy to young adulthood. Practicing good health, including the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into ones diet, at a young age helps set a standard for lifelong nutritional decisions and advocacy. Additionally, Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty program invites local individuals and families to be part of the farm-to-table movement by donating excess or unwanted produce, which is then repurposed through Foodbank programs. This helps reduce waste, feed those in need as well as create more ways people can get involved with Foodbank and connect with their local community. Last year alone, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce.

“The outpour of volunteers, businesses, individuals and others involved in our efforts to provide nourishment to those in need is remarkable and deserves community-wide recognition” says Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank Santa Barbara County. “This year’s honorees are examples of how individuals and large-scale organizations can participate and help better the nutritional food cycle throughout Santa Barbara County.”

Additionally, Table of Life guests will learn more about Foodbank’s exciting vision for a nutritionally healthy Santa Barbara while enjoying the unique opportunity to explore the organic gardens and enchanting orchards on Pacifica’s campus. For more information, please visit or contact Diane Durst at 805-967-5741 x 104 or[email protected].

The 2014 Table of Life Sponsors

Fruit of the Earth Champion: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. School of Knowledge Sponsors: Armand Hammer Foundation, Mike &Tracy Bollag, Curvature, Chuck & Missy Sheldon, and Stephanie Sokolove. Feed the Future Supporters: Blue Star Parking, CKERestaurants, Bob & Christine Emmons, Sara Miller McCune, Montecito Bank & Trust, Orfalea Foundation, Sage Publications, Michael & Anne Towbes, Venoco, Inc., and Wells Fargo. Feed the Future Friends: Deanna & Jim GP Dehlsen, Allan Ghitterman &Susan Rose, Peter & Martha Karoff, Arlene Montesano, James Nigro, James & Susan Petrovich, Eric & Nina Philips, Katrina Rogers, Peter Sadowski, Richard & Maryan Schall, and Robert &Leslie Zemeckis. Other Contributors: Tom Henderson (who artwork was provided by) and Peter MacDougall.

About Foodbank 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, visit


The BEET: Meet Rhianna King, RD

Meet Rhianna King, RD

Rianna KingRhianna King is a clinical registered dietitian at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and works with cancer patients at the Mission Hope Cancer Center to provide appropriate nutritional counseling, information and recommendations.  She currently serves as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Marian.  She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Sciences in Nutrition.  She completed her Dietetic Internship through Cal Poly as well.  She encourages patients and clients to focus on eating mostly plants to optimize their health and prevent/fight disease.  She embodies what it means to be a connected and caring nutrition professional and registered dietitian, whose focus is to provide evidence based nutrition information throughout Santa Maria.


“To me being healthy means feeling your best both physically and mentally to enjoy life to its fullest. This includes engaging in activities like healthy eating and regular physical activity that keeps your body functioning as it should.”


“Our health directly impacts our quality of life. Living healthy means a longer life, less time spent in the hospital, and less time spending money on medications and procedures that have the potential to be prevented through proper nutrition and physical activity.  Food fuels our body and has everything we need in it for optimal health. If you look at the composition of a tomato for example versus a human being you might be surprised at all the similarities; water, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. Our body is capable of so many amazing things and proper nutrition is the required fuel.”


“My motivation comes from my desire to have a positive impact in the lives of the people around me. I have knowledge in a particular field that can improve health, prevent and treat disease, and that knowledge needs to be shared. I want to help people take charge of their health and improve their lives.”


“I think food insecurity can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health. Inadequate nutrition can also cause social anxieties and behavioral changes all leading to poor quality of life.”


“Food First! I try to instill in everyone that consuming a variety of foods is the best way to achieve optimal nutrition, NOT through a pill. There is no “magic” single food or dietary supplement that creates the perfect diet. The FUNdamentals with Food class I started at the cancer center serves to be educational about healthy diet practices by exposing our patients to the variety of healthy foods we talk about through cooking demonstration and lecture.  I always comment that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or taste bad and its part of my job as nutrition professional and advocate to prove that to you.”


“Enjoy a diet that is 2/3 plant based and experience great health for yourself!”

For more information about the FUNdamentals of Food Class and other health and wellness classes run through the Mission Hope Cancer Center, please click here.

And check out Rhianna King’s Article The Red, White, and Blue of Summer Produce that shares the Nutrition Power of summer fruits and vegetables.

The BEET: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and Vegetables in the News

We’ve all seen the news that eating fruits and vegetables helps us in all aspects of our lives. It seems like every day, studies emerge linking fruit and vegetable consumption to overall health and vitality like below:


Nutrition Headlines Graphic


Fruits and Vegetables are linked to reducing your risk of obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers.  They are even linked to improving your optimism and reducing your risk of death!  Is there truth to these claims?  YES!  While some of the statements are exaggerative, the truth is, fruits and vegetables help us in all these areas because they are nutrient dense and low calorie foods that the body needs and craves for optimal health.

Nutrient Dense Foods



When you eat nutrient dense and low calorie foods, like fruits and vegetables, you are maximizing the amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you eat, while keeping your calorie intake low.

Nutrition Power

Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants help our bodies function properly and achieve optimal wellness. Vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables positively affect our metabolism, protein synthesis, brain function…the list goes on and on.

Auntie OxidantAntioxidants act as scavengers in our bodies, traveling through our tissues and cells, to locate the damaging free radicals that seek to harm our cells. These free radicals damage our body’s protein and fat cells, as well as our cellular DNA, increasing our risk for certain cancers and heart disease. Free radicals are unavoidable, as they are formed when we breathe in pollution or smoke, when we are stressed, or when we eat less healthy foods. We need these powerful antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables to confront these war-like free radicals and say “No, not in my body!”

Now think about what this means in terms of weight management and optimism. By eating more nutrient dense and low calorie foods, you are optimizing your health and supplying your body with what it truly needs. You can and should feel proud of yourself for treating yourself in the best possible way. I don’t know about you, but when I eat a fruit or a vegetable, I imagine my body thanking me for nourishing it. I feel healthier immediately, energized, and ready to take on the day. I feel confident that what I have just put in my body will sustain and take care of me. I feel more connected to the earth and what it provides for me, therefore, I have a more optimistic outlook on the day.

Give Peas a Chance

  (I am fully aware of how hippie-like this sounds, but it’s true!!)

Good Nutrition Equals Mental Health

By feeling healthier and more connected, you can tackle depressive moments and pessimistic views. Many studies have linked depression to being overweight or obese. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals, you are foregoing more calorie “rich” foods laden with starchy carbohydrates and saturated fat which have been shown to increase your risk for obesity as well as weigh you down physically and emotionally.

Vicious Circle

In this vicious circle, overeating unhealthy foods can lead to depression, and depression can lead to overeating unhealthy foods. It’s not science.

Optimistic Circle

 Putting This Into Action

So how do we do this?  Fruits and vegetables have a stigma, one that desperately needs to be eradicated.  As a dietitian, I hear all the time, “fruits and vegetables are expensive…they are hard to prepare…I don’t know how to use them…I know I should eat them, but…”

I don’t want to try and convince you that fruits and vegetables are cheaper than fast food, but if thoughtfully planned out, they can be a very affordable part of your diet, especially if you utilize the produce the Foodbank offers, or if you grow your own.  Fruits and vegetables also are less expensive if you buy them in season, because you don’t have to pay for the cost of transportation as well as other hidden costs.

Fresh Salad PrepAnd they are not hard to prepare!  As long as you have a knife and a cutting board, the time it takes to cut up a lettuce, carrot, cucumber, broccoli, and avocado salad is less than 5 minutes! That’s less time than it takes to go through a drive-through window.  And at the same time, you are breaking this “vicious circle” of poor diet and unhappiness.

I am confident, if you continue to tune into The BEET: All Things Nutrition, you will change the way you think about fruits and vegetables.  They will become staples in your kitchens, the center of your family dining experience, and important components of your everyday health.

Stay tuned for more of The BEET: All Things Nutrition. And make sure to sign up for the Foodbank’s e-mail newsletter to discover great new resources for our entire community.




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