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Nov 3-Dec 31 Corporate Challenge

Every year local business partners of all sizes step up and take the Corporate Challenge
over the holidays, which pumps up employees and garners attention from the community
at large. Those that take on the added responsibility of the Corporate Challenge join a VIP club of pioneering leaders. Will your organization be one of those leaders? Click here to learn more about the Challenge.

For our 2014 Challengers

  • Donate in November for 2x the points through the Wells Fargo Thanksgiving match. Remember employer matches double your points, too.
  • Backyard Bounty Picks – sign up your group here (groups of all sizes)
  • Sort Food Drive food at the Santa Barbara Warehouse – every Wednesday and Friday 1-3 pm (4554 Hollister Ave.) contact Misha to sign-up your group (up to 12 people)
  • Host a food drive with barrels, boxes, coin boxes, and posters – stop by the Santa Barbara warehouse for your supplies any Wednesday or Friday 1-3 pm
  • Get fit with the free Charity Miles app and generate more points (4 mi walk/run = $1)
  • Post our Foods2Encourage Poster to give employees food drive collection ideas

Points:

1 pound of food
1 hour of volunteer service
$1
Turkey
$1 new monthly giver
5 points
10 points
10 points
10 points
20 points

Points are divided by the number of participants at the donating organization to create an employee to point ratio.

2014 Scoreboard

Company Pounds Collected Hours Volunteered Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance $ 947  175
Citrix  485  4 $  5
Cox  127  34 $  9
Curvature $ 450  17
Deckers  5,961  132 $ 5,400  189
Village Properties  298 $ 150  15
Yardi $ 777  14

2013 Totals

Company Pounds Collected Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance  2,128 $3,416 841
Citrix  5,754 $2,818 108
Cox  6,251 $2,468 442
Deckers  1,998 $19,956 587
Ergomotion  23 $3,090 624
Fidelity National Title  210 $693 253
Curvature  2,280 $2,209 119
Village Properties  418 $6,493 333
Yardi  3,401 $6,166 176

Our goal in 2013 was 3,000 turkeys or chickens, 300 volunteer hours and $42,000 raised. Our challengers blew those goals out of the water. The nine competitors, Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 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 over $5,700!

In 2012, Curvature (previously Network Hardware Resale) won the challenge. They harvested tangerines twice, picking over 19,000 pounds for the Foodbank to secure the win. Collectively all participants delivered 24,499 pounds of food and 44 turkeys, provided 264 hours of service and raised $42,033.38. What an amazing gift to our network of 300 nonprofits and programs during the holiday season!

Contact Development Manager Misha Karbelnig [email protected] or (805) 967-5741 ext. 119 to sign up.

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Nov 3-22 Thanksgiving Drive

Make the Holidays Bright for our Neighbors in Need

During our Thanksgiving Drive, please donate turkeys and chickens as well as other Foods 2 Encourage (list below). Our goal is to collect 4,500 birds and raise $160,000 — $15,000 of which will be generously matched by Wells Fargo. Click here to Donate today

 

Get Involved

Nov 22 – Participate in the Girl Scouts Food Drive and the Letter Carriers Food Drive
Hold a Food & Funds Drive – Sign up here at the bottom of the page
Oct 13 – Dec 12 - KSBY Season of Hope
Dec 13 - 9:30–11am Saturday Family Days at the Santa Barbara Warehouse
**Warehouses will be open for drop-off donations during all above events**

The Foodbank distributes foods that encourage health. When donating food, please help provide these most needed items:

Whole Grains:

  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole grain cereals with less than 12g sugar per serving
  • Whole grain breads
  • Whole wheat or brown rice flourQuinoa, buckwheat, barley, or other whole grains
  • Cornmeal
  • Corn or whole wheat tortillas

Animal Proteins:

  • Canned, low-sodium soups, stews, chili
  • Canned tuna or salmon

 

 

Fruits and vegetables:

  • All fresh produce
  • Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice or water
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables

Vegetarian Proteins

  • Peanuts, almonds, or any dry roasted, no salt added nuts or nut butters
  • Dried lentils, beans or peas
  • Canned black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans
  • Low-sodium vegetarian chili
  • Sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds, tahini

Other Nutritious Items:

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Dried spices
  • Olive or organic canola oils

The following guidelines apply:

  • We cannot accept home canned products.
  • We cannot distribute cans without labels.
  • We cannot distribute opened products.
  • We do not accept candy and soda. The Foodbank is committed to distributing healthy, nutritious food.
  • Please donate retail sized items.
  • Foods must be in original packaging.
  • We cannot accept pet food.
  • Please do not donate products with expiration dates that have expired. The Foodbank has to check every item and then discard those that can not be distributed.

Download here: 2014 Foods2Encourage Poster

 

 

Contributions are accepted at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Warehouse:
4554 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Mon – Fri 7 am – 3:30 pm
Santa Maria Warehouse:
490 W. Foster Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Mon – Fri 7 am – 3:30 pm

Give A Meal Triple Match

Bank of America Give A Meal Match Starts September 8th

This month we’re asking donors to give through the Bank of America Give A Meal Match for a TRIPLE match. For every $10 donated, Bank of America will make another $20 donation to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to the Bank of America Give A Meal Match page to donate. Maximum contribution is $1,000 per individual.
  2. Designate the gift to “Your Local Food Bank” using a credit card with a Santa Barbara County zip code.
  3. Email your receipt to us so we can add your donation to our count on this page.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in donations to result in $75,000 for the Foodbank. Thank you for your support during Hunger Action Month!

Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas

 

Please share these fliers to spread the word: Flyer – Give a Meal (2014) Flyer – Give a Meal Half Page (2014)

And use these images on social media to share it with all your friends!

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Local Companies Vying for Title in Foodbank’s Corporate Challenge

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November 10, 2014
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 http://www.noozhawk.com/article/companies_vie_for_title_in_foodbanks_corporate_food_funds_drive_challenge

Local Companies Vying for Title in Foodbank’s Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge

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This year’s Foodbank Corporate Challenge participants get ready to compete for the title. Top row from left:Tatum Adair (Deckers), Todd Mitchell (Curvature), Laura Arnold (Curvature), Mimi Bochenek (Citrix), Linda De La Torre (Brown & Brown Insurance), Melissa Aguilera (Brown & Brown Insurance), Cindy Torres (Brown & Brown Insurance), Leanna Merritt (Brown & Brown Insurance), Michele Talkington (Cox) and Taylor Lindberg (Yardi); bottom row from left: Amanda Mitchell (Curvature), Sandy Widstrup (Brown & Brown Insurance), Jennifer Mansbach (Village Properties), Cary Harrison (Cox) and Kelly Johnson (Yardi). (Foodbank of Santa Barbara County photo)

By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 11.10.2014

 

The competitive spirit surrounding the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s annual Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge gets more palpable every year.

The Corporate Challenge is a friendly competition among local businesses to collect the most points for food, funds and volunteer hours, all benefiting those in need in Santa Barbara County. Points are collected for each pound of food, turkey, dollar and hour of volunteer service donated, and are divided by the number of participants at each organization to create a points to employee ratio.

This year, seven local companies including (2013 winner) Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox Media, Curvature, Deckers, Village Properties and Yardi have joined forces to help the Foodbank and compete for the 2014 title. The challenge kicked off Nov. 3 and will run through Dec. 31.

Last year, Brown & Brown Insurance secured their win with a total of $3,416.37 raised, 61.25 volunteer hours served and 2,000 pounds of locally grown produce harvested. The 2013 competitors were also able to collectively bring in 22,463 pounds of food, 266 turkeys, 442.5 hours of service and $47,309.44 in donations, a $5,700 increase from 2012.

“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 non-profits 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.”

“Foodbank applauds the dedication of our local business community, who continue to serve and enhance our region through their time, talent and support,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “These efforts are ever more critical to prevent working families in our community from having to sacrifice healthcare, housing or education to afford nutritious food. These businesses will help us help those in our community in need of nourishment and some holiday cheer.”

There are many ways for members of the community to participate in the drive as well. Individuals can establish their own Food & Funds Drive or can drop off nonperishable food at both the Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria Foodbank warehouses, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also participate in a virtual food drive online, which lets people shop and make a donation to the Foodbank. To learn more, click here or contact development manager Misha Karbelnig at 805.967.5741 x119.

 

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Nutrient Dense Holiday Foods

HOLIDAY TIPS: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NUTRIENT DENSE HOLIDAY FOODS

We are all familiar with the holiday season routine: attending parties and  gatherings with family, friends, and colleagues and splurging over the never ending dinner table. When holidays are finally over, we cross our fingers  and nervously step on our bathroom scale  hoping we only gained a pound or two. Fortunately, many holiday foods such as pumpkin, turkey, cranberries, and sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and if prepared correctly and eaten in moderation can not only enhance our health but also can prevent us from gaining those holiday pounds.

Pumpkin

Did you know one serving of pumpkin has nearly two-and-a-half times the recommended intake of vitamin A, which plays an important role in vision and skin health. In addition to being rich in vitamin A, pumpkin is also rich in iron, which plays a role in transporting oxygen to our cells. Try using pumpkin in healthy soups, homemade breads,  pumplin pies, and casserole dishes.

Turkey

Turkey is not only a delicious protein but is a good source of B-vitamins, selenium and zinc, nutrients essential for optimal nerve and immune function. Hold off on eating the outer skin which is full of fat and go for the white meat which generally has a lower fat content than darker meat. Try basting your turkey with broth, sherry wine, and seasonings and less butter to reduce the fat content.

Cranberries

Cranberry is a super-food that provides color to our holiday dishes. It is rich in vitamin C, fiber and has more antioxidants than strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. When making cranberry sauce, try reducing the sugar content by 25% which still yields a delicious sauce. Try adding cranberries to meat dishes, muffins and desserts.

Sweet Potatoes

Don’t let the sweet nature of a sweet potato fool you. One medium sweet potato has over four times the recommended intake of vitamin A! It is also rich in vitamin C and Iron. So try incorporating sweet potatoes in your holiday dishes like  in potato salads, baked sweet potato fries, sweet potato ravioli stuffing, or even mashed sweet potatoes.

Holiday Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

MAKES ABOUT 6 SERVINGS

Ingredients

4 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
¼ teaspoon salt
2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup dried cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a 9×9 baking dish, combine the orange juice, vegetable oil, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt.
3. Add potatoes and cranberries.
4. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

By Teresa Nigro, Cal Poly Dietetic Intern

November 2 Santa Barbara Empty Bowls

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce the

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls on
Sunday November, 2nd
Ben Page Youth Center

Click here to buy tickets

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For a donation (ticket price), attendees select a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose: to help feed hungry people wholesome and hearty food in our community.

There will also be a raffle extravaganza with many great items!

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact Events Manager, Diane Durst, at (805) 967-5741 x104 with questions.

Oct 22 – Santa Maria Empty Bowls

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce the

13th Annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls on
Wednesday October, 22nd
NOW WITH TWO SEATINGS: 11:30am & 12:30pm

Santa Maria Fairpark

Update on 10/20: Online ticketing is now closed. Tickets are still available for the 2nd seating and may be purchased at the door. We recommend a noon arrival for purchase of tickets at the door, as second seating will begin as soon as space is available from departing first seating guests. Thank you for your support!

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For a donation of $25, attendees select a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose: to help feed hungry people wholesome and hearty food in our community.

There will also be a raffle extravaganza with many great items!

Folks who want to go purchase their tickets in person ahead of the event can purchase tickets at the following locations until October 17th:

Both Community Bank of Santa Maria Locations
1421 S Broadway (at Stowell Rd)
4869 S Bradley Rd Suite 105 (at Clark Ave)

Santa Maria Country Club (see Jennifer Biely in office)
505 W Waller Ln

Foodbank
490 W Foster Rd

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact the Foodbank at 937-3422 ext.106.

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Thanks to our Generous Sponsors

 

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Other Sponsors

 

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Nancy K Johnson

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Logo - Rabobank Square (2014)

 

Allan Hancock College PMS 286 (2013)[5]

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October 11 Celebration of Harvest

groupwinetastingThe Celebration of Harvest Weekend, held over Columbus Day Weekend, is Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association’s annual celebration of the year’s bounty. They have generously selected the Foodbank as the nonprofit beneficiary of their silent auction proceeds. We are grateful for their support!

Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00-4:00PM at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners, library tastings, new wine releases, and barrel tastings. Want to visit the tasting rooms on an all-inclusive tasting pass? Don’t forget your Vintners Visa for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve tasting rooms.

Click here to buy tickets and be sure to bid on silent auction items, all proceeds go to the Foodbank. Thanks!

Hunger Action Month

What is Hunger Action Month?

September is Hunger Action Month, when we ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, individuals can find the way that’s right for them to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

How will you get involved? Check out this calendar for some ideas. Our top 3 suggestions are:

  1. If you’re an Santa Barbara County resident, give to the Foodbank through the Bank of America Give A Meal Triple Match beginning September 8.
  2. Donate to the Foodbank monthly through our “Harvest of the Month” club for the greatest impact year-round and select “Monthly” for “How often do you want to make this donation?” Regular donations are greatly appreciated and make for easier budgeting and financial forecasting.
  3. Social media savvy? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and tell us what you’re doing this #hungeractionmonth and inspire your friends and followers to take action with these images. Thanks!

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