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October 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

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce  logo-unionbank_001

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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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.

October 25 Backyard Bounty Day

Join the Santa Barbara Warehouse and Backyard Bounty team to learn about the Foodbank’s focus on fresh produce and how you can make a difference to those in need.

This single-day fruit drive will include fruit trees from Carpinteria to Goleta. Our goal is to involve as many volunteer pickers and donors as possible!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or donating fruit trees for Backyard Bounty Day, contact Niles Brinton or visit the Backyard Bounty Page.

October 21 Foodbank Partners Summit

Now in its third year, this summit for leaders of Santa Barbara County’s hunger relief organizations kicks off with an engaging keynote address from Elaine Waxman, Vice President of Research and Analysis at Feeding America.

Click here to Register

Peer networking and two high-powered breakout sessions will offer nourishing food for thought. Guests will break between the breakout sessions for a delicious lunch. Following the summit, guests are invited to a social mixer with wine and light snacks. Transportation will be provided to and from our Santa Maria Warehouse location.

Join us on Tuesday, October 21st from 9am – 4:30pm at La Casa de Maria 800 El Bosque Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Questions about the event? Contact Director of Community Impact, Bonnie Campbell, at (805) 967-5741 x121

Click here to Register

Details on each breakout session and transportation for North County guests to follow via email

Thanks to our Community Sponsors

Lunch Sponsor

Afternoon Break

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 Breakfast and Snacks

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 Transportation
SB Air Bus logo

Wine Mixer Sponsor

Cynthia & Dennis Peterson
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Interested in sponsorship? Contact Development Manager SC,
Misha Karbelnig, at (805) 967-5741 x119

Sponsorship Benefits & Details

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!

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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November 9 Ground Operations: Film Screening

Please join our friends with Santa Barbara Permaculture Network for this fascinating documentary! Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields with documentary filmmaker Dulanie Ellis


Sunday, November 9, 2014
7-9pm
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
$10 Suggested Donation


America Needs A Million New Farmers, Veterans Want the Job!

Joined by filmmaker Dulanie Ellis, in honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network hosts a film showing of “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, a inspiring documentary describing a national movement to connect veterans to agriculture.

Following the film, there will be a discussion about the role veterans can play as farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers.  Please join us!

~In honor of the Veterans Day holiday, all donations will go to the Ground Operations Campaign~

No reservations required.  More info: www.sbpermaculture.org, [email protected], 805-962-2571.

Sponsored by: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Food Alliance, SB Independent, Fund for Santa Barbara, Edible Santa Barbara Magazine, Isla Vista Food Coop, Hopedance Media, SOL Food Festival, Sojourner Cafe, and more.


More Info:

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is a social action campaign featuring a Documentary Film, a companion E-Book, and a National Tour, with a goal to strengthen the veterans-in-agriculture network and increase their resources, so that they can create healthy new lives for themselves and sustainable food security for us all.
Learn more: www.groundoperations.net

Film Trailer on You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZskF1VwvZSU

Homegrown by Heroes is the USDA certification for agricultural operations owned by veterans: www.hgbh.org

The Farm Bureau Resource Guide to Assist Veterans in Agriculture: Veterans Guide

Farmer Veteran Coalition: http://www.farmvetco.org
Facebook & Website: https://www.facebook.com/farmerveterancoalition/

Nov 3 – Dec 31 Corporate Challenge

“The competitive spirit surrounding the Food & Funds Drive Challenge from all three companies was truly inspiring. By participating in this challenge, we were able to raise more than if we just did our regular food drive. We are so proud to be in a community that yearns to make a direct impact. I highly recommend other local companies participate this year.”
- Michelle Apodaca, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Winner of the 2011 Food & Funds Drive 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?

This year’s goals:

  • Raise $50,000
  • Collect 3,000 Turkeys or Chickens for families in need
  • Give 300 hours of volunteer time
Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas

How it works:

Participate by competing against another organization to collect the most points for food, funds and volunteer hours. More details.

A point system is designed with an employee ratio to ensure that organizations of all sizes can compete equally:

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

Points are then divided by the number of participants at the donating organization to create an employee to point ratio. Volunteer activities can be done as a group of up to 10 people.

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

There are many ways to participate:

  • Fundraise: There are lots of fun ways to get employees giving. We suggest: auctioning off a CEO, holding bake sales, virtual drives, making a donation instead of buying birthday cakes or holiday gifts.
  • Employees who join the Harvest of the Month Club (sign up to donate monthly) are awarded twice the dollar amount of their monthly contribution.
  • Volunteer: repackaging, collecting turkeys and donations at our warehouses, providing other assistance at our warehouses, collecting food donations at grocery stores, picking fruit and vegetables through backyard bounty, and so much more.
  • Cause Related Marketing: Our partnership with Santa Barbara Gift Baskets on the Foodbank basket ensures $25 of each basket goes directly to the Foodbank over the holidays while boosting our local economy, too. Every basket purchased by a Corporate Challenge participant (employee or business) will be credited a $50 donation towards the challenge.

2013 Corporate Challengers

Our goal in 2013 was to collect 3,000 turkeys or chickens, accrue 300 volunteer hours and raise $42,000.

2013 Corporate Challengers

  • Brown and Brown Insurance
  • Cox Media
  • Citrix
  • Deckers
  • Ergomotion
  • Fidelity National Title
  • Network Hardware Resale
  • Village Properties
  • Yardi

2013 Totals

Company Pounds Collected Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance 4,097 $1,637 687
Citrix 764 $1,768 41
Cox Media $1,800 41
Deckers 940 $2,590 87
Ergomotion 23 $2,990 604
Fidelity National Title 210 $570 215
Network Hardware Resale $2,200 76
Village Properties 96 $3,199 158
Yardi $680 16

In 2012, Network Hardware Resale won the challenge. They were harvested tangerines twice, picking over 19,000 pounds for the Foodbank to secure the win.

Collectively all participants helped bring in 24,499 pounds of food and 44 turkeys, provided 264 hours of service and raised $42,033.38. A truly amazing gift to our network of 330 nonprofits and programs this holiday season.

Sept 13 Casino Nights

Join us for an fun-filled evening of Vegas-style entertainment, prizes, and music!
Professional casino dealers! Photo Booth! DJ! Karaoke! Raffle with thousands of dollars worth of prizes!!!

The first 100 people to buy their tickets online will be entered into a special raffle – the prize is worth $1,800. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning!

Buy your tickets and receive one additional raffle ticket!