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Community Programs Coordinator 

Organization: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Position Title: Community Programs Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Community Impact
Location: Santa Barbara Warehouse (4554 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara) or Santa Maria Warehouse (490 W Foster Road, Santa Maria)

Objective of Job:
The Community Programs Coordinator oversees key community programs, and assists in the oversight and evaluation of all programs as we meet the Foodbank’s mission to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. The Community Programs Coordinator will be part of an innovative, energized team within an organization that is constantly moving forward toward its mission.

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Oversee program development and expansion, volunteer training and management, support with grants, and all logistics and day-to-day operations of several Foodbank programs.
·         Assist in the on-going evaluation and monitoring of Foodbank programs.
·         Facilitate the adoption of programs by partner organizations and adapt programs to address the needs of target client populations.
·         Develop relationships and communicate with external partners. Communicate internally with all Foodbank departments as needed, including Operations, Development, Impact, Finance and Executive.
·         Oversee 1-2 programs interns who may assist in coordinating key community programs.
·         Support Impact Department to reach goals related to budget, reports, grants, evaluations, events, partnerships, Board of Trustees, etc.
·         Other duties as assigned or delegated.


·         Bachelor’s degree in related field (Social Science, Education, or Nutritional Science preferred)
·         Experience and knowledge of Nutrition or Advocacy/Community Organizing
·         Project management experience preferred
·         Knowledge of federal nutrition programs preferred
·         Experience with grants preferred


·         Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
·         Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy. Includes time management skills
·         Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills. Able to communicate effectively with staff, management and executives.
·         Able to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team
·         Proven ability to build effective working relationships and strong interpersonal skills
·         Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
·         Ability to hold self and others accountable to deadlines
·         Demonstrated commitment to supporting low-income and underserved populations
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Professional Suite, including Power Point, Excel, Access, Outlook, Word etc. Experience with Google Drive, and project management software, such as Basecamp or Asana
·         Familiarity with databases, such as Ceres and/or Salesforce
·         Proficient reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish, including the ability to give public presentations in Spanish. (Preferred)
·         Experience managing volunteers and coordinating events and programs
·         Commitment to ending hunger through good nutrition


·         Valid CA Driver’s License
·         Clear driving record
·         Access to reliable transportation for occasional work-related travel
·         Ability to lift 30 pounds

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential,

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume. The priority consideration deadline for this position is October 12, 2015. Materials received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please visit our website for more information about our programs and organization at


April 9 – Foxen Canyon Wineries Hold Food Drive

Foxen Canyon Wineries Hold Food Drive For County Food Bank

From Los Olivos to the Santa Maria Valley, the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail stretches for miles, and in hopes of bringing in more customers the wineries, they are holding a special event.

Tim Snider, of Fess Parker Winery, said, “What we’re trying to do is build awareness again for all these great wineries that are out here and at the same time help the less fortunate
in the community.”

The trail is holding a food drive for the Santa Barbara County Food Bank and those who donate will get something to sip on return.

“They can come on out bring two cans of food and get a complementary wine tasting,”
said Snider.

The Foxen Canyon wineries have done a food drive before, but this time they are
trying to go bigger.

John Tevis, of Foxen, Winery said, “We did a little bit of one last year during Christmas time, but it was just a few wineries. Now we’ve got all the wineries on board and we’re really
taking it to the next level.”

Over a dozen wineries are participating in the drive, which last through April 22, and since it started during March they have already seen the donations rolling in.

“It’s been really well received so far and we are excited about it,” explained Tevis.

The wine trail is hoping this event will bring more people into their tasting rooms,
but most importantly giving back.

The group is planning on holding the drive again next year and is hopeful this event
will be a win-win for everyone.

Participating Wineries Include:

Kenneth Volk
Cambria Estate
Cottonwood Canyon
Tres Hermanas
Rancho Sisquoc
Martian Ranch
Fess Parker Winery
Zaca Mesa

March 30 – Lompoc Empty Bowls Serves Hundreds to Help Feed Hungry


Soups of all kinds were served — and promptly gobbled up — Wednesday in Lompoc at a key fundraiser for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Judith Monte, Foodbank development manager, estimated late Wednesday afternoon that the 11th annual Lompoc Empty Bowls event served between 400 and 450 people in addition to volunteers, putting it on par with past events.

This marked the second year the event occurred at the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center.

“It was a great event,” she said. “The extra space we had made the flow of the event very, very nice.”

For a donation of $25, attendees picked out an artistic bowl and got to eat soup made by more than a dozen local restaurants and chefs, with community volunteers ladling the tasty concoctions.

“This is the best right here,” Angel Ramos said of the pot of split pea soup sitting before him.

His sales pitch didn’t win one customer within ear shot.

One of hundreds of bowls made for the Empty Bowls fundraiser says it all. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

“I would be on my death bed before I had pea soup,” a woman said with a smile before veering to another server with a different soup.

Bowl makers included Allan Hancock College ceramic students, Lompoc High School art students, Lompoc Valley Middle School art students, plus members of Orcutt Academy High School, Vandenberg Village Lions Club and Pier Fitness.

Alice Laufer demonstrated the craft of pottery at the back of the room. For approximately a decade, her Lompoc Valley Middle School students have made bowls for the event.

“I think community service is really good for them,” she said. “It’s kind of surprising for them to realize they can make a difference in their world.”

The Foodbank has committed to boost the quantity of food going to Lompoc because it’s the area with the greatest need, she said.

“This will help us to be able to financially do that,” she added.

Alice Laufer, a teacher at Lompoc Valley Middle School, demonstrates the art of pottery. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

The event is a testimony to the spirit of the Lompoc Valley, Monte added.

“Empty Bowls is just a great demonstration of that community spirit,” Monte said.

While Lompoc Empty Bowls is held each spring, Santa Maria’s occurs in the fall, with this year’s planned for Oct. 28.

The Santa Barbara Empty Bowls event is scheduled for a Sunday in early November.

April 22 – Foxen Canyon Food Drive

Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Food Drive Flier

March 21st, 2015 – April 22nd, 2015

Receive one complimentary tasting for every two non perishable food items you bring in. Please donate items that are Foods 2 Encourage. Thank you!

Participating Wineries:

Andrew MurrayCambria, Cottonwood CanyonFess ParkerFirestone, Foxen Vineyard & WineryKenneth VolkKoehlerMartian RanchRancho SisquocRiverbench, Tres HermanasZaca Mesa

Food Justice at the Forefront

By Shelly Leachman and Alec Rosenberg,
UC Santa Barbara and UC Newsroom
Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Shouldn’t food be a right, not a privilege? And what is the difference between being fed and being nourished?

With a central theme of food justice, such subjects were explored during the three-day, inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit held Jan. 16-18 at UC Santa Barbara. Founded by a multicampus team of University of California staff and students, the first-of-its-kind conference is part of the ongoing UC Global Food Initiative.

The gathering convened some 150 students, staff and faculty from UC, California State University and community college campuses, and community and food agency leaders at large, to dissect and discuss the environmental, social and economic pressures that create barriers to food access, security and justice.

“All too often, the struggle students face in accessing affordable, nutritious food is marginalized,” said Katie Freeze, student chair of UCSB’s Associated Students Food Bank, which helped organize the conference. “Bringing these issues to light will enable the UC community to better address student hunger.”

And beyond.

In a wide-ranging and rousing talk addressing the “complexity and significance of food justice,” keynote speaker Nikki Silvestri said, “When we talk about justice, we are actually talking about everyone, from beginning to end.

“Locate yourself in the fight for food justice,” urged Silvestri, a noted thought leader in creating social equity and former executive director of People’s Grocery in Oakland. “Who are you? Who are your people and what is your fight? And allow yourself to be surprised by the answer.”

Silvestri’s keynote talk and a panel discussion at the summit were part of UC’s Food Equity Lecture Series, sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative.

Increasing food security

For Colin King, a fifth-year student at UC San Diego, the fight centers on food access for college students who are struggling with hunger. Working with his campus’s Associated Students staff, King is part of the team launching UCSD’s first food pantry.

“Nourishment costs more than simply feeding yourself,” said King, who got involved after witnessing a friend fall on hard times. “He was sleeping in his car and couldn’t afford food. Seeing what he went through is what inspired me initially. Coming to this conference has been so valuable for gaining a better understanding of food insecurity UC-wide, and for the tangible things we’ve learned to take home with us, to make our own pantry and food insecurity initiatives the best that they can be.”

A similar hope coursed through the conference on behalf of the broader UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI), which is designed to coordinate resources systemwide to help ensure adequate nutrition — starting with access to food — for all. Unveiled by UC President Janet Napolitano in July, the UCGFI is working to harness the UC’s collective excellence in research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the U.S. and the world — for food security, health and sustainability.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm and extremely bright people who want to see changes that will improve people’s health on our campuses, in our community and beyond,” said Joanna Ory, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz and among the recently selected UCGFI fellows in attendance at the summit. “It’s a really important issue and great to see so many people who care.”

Making a difference

More than two dozen workshops held over the course of the conference tackled subjects from culinary medicine to new models for student dining, the health implications of food insecurity and the role of higher ed in the greater food system. There also were presentations on the “Swipes for the Homeless” program that UCSB and UCLA have adapted to aid food-insecure students, how to build partnerships between university campuses and local farms, and the transformational potential of campus gardens. UCGFI projects include efforts to assess food security for UC students in order to better design programs and outreach efforts focused on addressing these issues.

“Hunger is a prominent thing on college campuses,” said panelist and UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin of UC Berkeley, who co-leads a UCGFI working group on food pantries and food security. “Ideally, we want to eradicate hunger, but we’re not there yet. These conversations are important.”

Fortino Morales helped bring a community garden to UC Riverside while a student there. Now he staffs it as UC Riverside community garden coordinator.

The food summit “opens your mind about what’s going on other campuses and what’s possible,” Morales said. “It’s exciting that food access and equity are at the center of this conference. There is a lot of interest in food justice.”

Spreading nourishment

At UC Davis, students learn to grow produce sustainably at the student farm and sell it for use in campus dining halls or through subscription market baskets in the community. A new program collects some of what’s left — surplus, blemished or odd-shaped produce — and makes it available at the student-run food pantry.

“It’s all local. It’s all organic. The students love it. The feedback is terrific,” said Misbah Husain, UC Davis food pantry director of internal operations.

UCGFI fellow Alyssa Billys, of UC Santa Cruz, is working to help coordinate the amount of produce from the student farm that is sold to campus dining.

“We have the farm right here,” Billys said of her campus. “Why can’t we access that (produce)? Having good brought to you by students, for students, is really empowering.”

Empowerment was the prevailing spirit of the first-ever summit.

“We define food justice as communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, grown locally, with care for the land, for people and for animals,” said panelist D’Artagnan Scorza, founder and executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute in Inglewood. The UCLA alum and former UC student regent added, “One way we work to empower our community members is first by listening. It’s important for us not to speak for people, but to ensure they can speak for themselves.”

Mar 25 – Lompoc Empty Bowls


The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce

Lompoc Empty Bowls on
Wednesday March 25th
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dick Dewees Community and Senior Center
Check out the Facebook Event Page

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For a donation (ticket price: $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 fantastic items!

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact
Development Manager Judith Monte 805-937-3422 x106 with questions.

Tickets available from:  

  • Stillman Capital Group (1201 East Ocean Ave #K)
  • Chamber of Commerce (111 South I Street)
  • Sue’s Place (101 North H Street)
  • Rabobank (828 North H Street)
  • Walnut Pier Health Club (803 East Walnut Avenue)
  • The Bookstore (1137 North H Street Suite Q)

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Dec 1-31 Hunger-Free Holidays

Make the Holidays Bright for our Neighbors in Need

During the holidays, help us reach our 1 million meal goal by raising $160,000. Click here to Donate today.

Get Involved

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**

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