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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
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single bowl (crop)

 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!

Online ticket sales will open September 1st and community outlet info will also be available at that time. For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact the Foodbank at 937-3422 ext.106.

stack of bowls (crop)

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Union Bank Logo

Other Sponsors

Bethel Lutheran Church

Coast Hills Federal Credit Union Logo
Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Logo Community West Bank Logo
Dignity Health Logo

Nancy K Johnson

pacific western bank logo pacific coast energy company
Zodiac Aerospace-Cabin Interiors/Seat Shell logo


Brown Bag Wins Senior Citizen Program of the Year

In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Brown Bag Program was awarded the 2013 Senior Citizen Program of the Year by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens – Area Agency on Aging & AARP representing both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County for our impact in the senior community.

Nominees for Organization of the Year

Nominees for Organization of the Year

In 2013, the Brown Bag Program expanded to two additional program sites in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara in Lompoc and People’s Self-Help Housing in Santa Maria. In areas showing high senior residences and a higher need for senior services, this collaboration enrolled an additional 115 clients who were not previously attending the program and reached an additional 150+ seniors at preexisting program sites by the year’s end.

Eloisa Chavez of Brown BagThrough this collaboration and with the goal to increase senior participation at all sites, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County was awarded $40,000 through Feeding America in collaboration with the AARP Foundation for our Brown Bag Program for Senior Citizens. The Foodbank is dedicated to making bigger strides both locally and nationally to further close the meal gap for seniors in our community through new partnerships and collaborations. The Brown Bag Program serves as a supplementary grocery distribution held twice a month at now 15 locations throughout Santa Barbara County and serves almost 1,300 elderly residents who struggle to pay for housing, health care, and basic needs on limited incomes.

California Wine Festival July 17-19

Join our friends at the California Wine Festival for this exciting wine tasting event!

CWF.crowdWine, food, music, sun and sea. Experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of California’s finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples and lively music. Discover new wines at every Festival, find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisan breads, cheeses, olive oils and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited fun, food and music – at the biggest wine festival under the sun!

See the event schedule for details.

Who will be there? See the wineries list.

Picnic In the Park: Teens and kids invited to join us for free lunches and fun activities


Picnic in the Park is a summer lunch program that encourages a healthy lifestyle for children by offering free, nutritious meals and fun, educational games

When summer vacation begins and school ends for the year, the distribution of school lunches ends as well. Children who rely on school lunch programs to fuel their growing bodies become hungry or may find cheap, processed, and sugary foods to eat. Without free or reduced price school lunches, these children don’t meet their daily nutritional requirements.

The Picnic in the Park program provides free nutritious meals, Monday through Friday, to all children in the county during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. There are no income requirements to participate in the program, and all children and teens under the age of 18 are encouraged to attend. All of the program sites, which are generally at easy to access parks, housing facilities, and neighborhood centers, are managed by volunteers and groups who serve lunches and organize food literacy training and summer games. As an alternative to children going hungry or eating highly processed foods, Picnic in the Park ensures that children can access nutritious lunches in educational and interactive environments during the summer months.

We invite all children to visit the sites listed below to enjoy delicious food and safe, educational activities with friends!

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief and nutrition organization in the county, serving a network of more than 300 member agencies and programs countywide. In 2012, the Foodbank distributed more than 8.5 million meals, feeding 102,000 individuals. The programs receiving food from the Foodbank include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school and senior feeding programs.  Visit to find out more.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identify, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complain Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at [email protected]

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

South County Picnic in the Park Sites:

Estero Park, Isla Vista
889 Camino del Sur, Isla Vista
June 9 – Aug. 21, 2014
Lunch 12:30pm – 1:15pm, M-Th

Storke Ranch Apartments, Goleta
6822 Phelps Rd., Goleta
June 9 – Aug. 22, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 12:45pm, M-F

North County Picnic in the Park Sites:

Los Alamos County Park, Los Alamos
500 Drum Canyon Rd., Los Alamos
June 30 – Aug. 1, 2014
Lunch 11am – 12pm, M-F

Los Adobes de Maria I, Santa Maria
1026 W. Boone St., Santa Maria
June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm, M-F

Los Adobes de Maria II, Santa Maria
1138 W. Boone St., Santa Maria
June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm, M-F

Santa Maria Public Library, Santa Maria
420 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
June 16 – Aug. 4, 2014
Lunch 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Mondays only

Mid County Picnic in the Park Sites:

Anderson Recreation Center, Lompoc
125 W. Walnut Ave, Lompoc
June 16 -Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:30pm -1:00pm, M-F

Coast Valley SATC, Lompoc
133 N. F St., Lompoc
June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 2:00pm – 3:00pm, M-F

Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara
40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
June 11 – Aug. 20, 2014
Lunch 11:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesdays only

Villa de La Esperanza Apartments, Goleta
131 S. Kellogg Ave, Goleta
June 9 – Aug. 22, 2014
Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm, M-F

Veterans Memorial Park, Santa Maria
545 Pine St., Santa Maria
June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm, M-F

Grogan Park, Santa Maria
1155 W. Rancho Verde, Santa Maria
June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 1:00pm – 2:30 pm, M-F

Sanchez Elementary, Santa Maria
804 Liberty St., Santa Maria
June 16 – July 14, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm, M-F

Fairlawn Elementary, Santa Maria
120 Mary Dr., Santa Maria
June 16 – July 14, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm, M-F

YMCA, La Honda Elementary School, Lompoc
1213 North A St., Lompoc
June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm, M-F

United Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc, Lompoc
1025 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc
June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014
Lunch 12:00pm – 1:30pm, M-F

Join Jacob

June 20 – August 24, 2014
Triathlon & Fundraising Team

…Feeding Santa Barbara County

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Two years ago, third grader Jacob Mansbach volunteered at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and saw an opportunity to make a difference. Combining his love for triathlons with his desire to help kids in his community he raised over $4,600 for the Foodbank that summer.  Last year, his friend Dario joined him and together they participated in a triathlon and raised over $13,000.

This summer, Jacob, now 10 years old, has invited an entire team of kids to join him.  This energetic group of kids will participate in the Santa Barbara Triathlon on August 24, 2014 with the shared goals of finishing the triathlon and raising over $50,000 for the Foodbank. The team’s intention is to provide nutrition and education to kids and families in our community through the Foodbank.  The team (comprised of third to seventh graders in the Santa Barbara School District) has dedicated their summer break to volunteering for the Foodbank, raising money and awareness, and learning all about the sport of triathlon.

Your donation will not only support the work of the Foodbank, it will send a clear message to this team of kids that they can make an impact on the lives of others and that helping their community can be extraordinary.


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Please Join Jacob…

For more information on the team, please email Jen Mansbach, Team Coordinator.

A special thank you to Joe Coito, Race Director of Santa Barbara Triathlon, Inc., for supporting Join Jacob.

Thank you to our sponsors:
MissionWealth JennySchatzleBryant & Sons logo