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Community Programs Coordinator II


Where: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Job Title: Community Programs Coordinator II

Reports to: Director of Community Impact

Hours: Full-time (Non-Exempt)

Location: Santa Barbara Warehouse

Salary: DOE


The Community Programs Coordinator II is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the success of all Foodbank youth and food literacy programs as pathways to the Foodbank’s mission of ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County. The Community Programs Coordinator II will be part of an innovative, energized team within an organization that is constantly moving forward toward its mission.


Coordinate the Foodbank’s Feed the Future series of programs, including the Foodbank’s summer foodservice program Picnic in the Park, Food Literacy in Preschool, Kid’s Farmers Market, and Teens Love Cooking.
Oversee program development and expansion, volunteer management and training, and all logistics and day-to-day operations of the programs.

Facilitate the adoption of programs by partner organizations and adapt programs to address the needs of target client populations.
Assist in the on-going evaluation and monitoring of Feed the Future programs.
Other duties as assigned or delegated.


    •  Bachelor’s degree (Social Science, Education, or Nutritional Science preferred)
    •  Nutrition background/knowledge
    •  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
    •  Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectivelywith staff, management and executives
    •  Ability 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
    •  Passion for working with youth
    •  Proficient in Microsoft Office Professional Suite
    •  Proficient in reading/writing and speaking Spanish preferred


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


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 submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] The priority consideration deadline for this position is March 15, 2015. Materials received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.


Mar 2-31 Food Fight Challenge



The FOOD FIGHT is FUN way for local business partners of all sizes to step up and ensure low-income children get nutritious lunches this summer. It’s a friendly competition for teams to raise the most funds, food, and volunteer hours. Everyone wins when we fight hunger and end summer hunger.


All activities (funds raised, pounds of food and hours of volunteer service) are awarded points. The points are tallied based on a points-to-employees system which levels the playing field among businesses.
Whether you have 5 employees or 500, your efforts will be treated equally. Points are divided by the number of employees at your location to create an employee-to-point ratio. *Points System included.


  • Inspire and excite your employees and colleagues to make a difference
  • Be part of an effort to improve the health of our community
  • Help ensure that children have nutritious meals this summer
  • Get great press visibility and share your contribution on social media
  • Wear your organization-logo attire when volunteering

Our goal this year is to collect 100 volunteer hours, 10,000 pounds of food, and $10,000. If your organization anticipates raising $5,000, you will be included in our first press release. Sign up by Feb 20th to be included.




  • Sign-up and create your own unique fundraising page on the Foodbank website. It’s easy! *Instructions included.
  • Challenge another department, organization, or competitor
  • Get the Challenge on video, post to your unique campaign page, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, website, and share with everyone
  • We’ll post updates on the Foodbank website and Facebook page (Foodbank SB)

Collection Canisters: Participants may pick up boxes, collection barrels, and cash boxes at the Foodbank during the month of February. Sign up for your own unique online fundraising campaign through the Foodbank website.

Foodbank Facility 490 W. Foster Road Santa Maria, CA — 2nd Driveway
M-F, 7 am – 3 pm


Food Fight Poster


  • Feb Sign up for the Challenge and Pick up supplies at the Foodbank Facility
  • Feb 20 Deadline to sign up with $5,000 pledge and get in on press release
  • Feb 28 Deadline to sign up for the FOOD FIGHT
  • Mar 2-6 Kick-off Week, Press Release issued
  • Mar 2–31 Opportunities to volunteer *See Volunteer Opportunities calendar
  • Mar 31 Food Fight Ends
  • Apr 10 Celebration Food Fight event and Winner Announced!

Point System

Activity Points Description
Fundraise  $1 = 10 pts
  • Every dollar donated buys 8 meals
  • There are many fun ways to get employees giving. We suggest: auctioning off lunch with the CEO or special privileges (VIP parking space or casual dress days), jean days, bake sales, and making a donation instead of buying birthday cakes or gifts
  • Employees who join our monthly giving “Harvest of the Month Club”gain twice the points/dollar during the Challenge
  • Employee gifts matched by the company
Volunteer  1 hour = 10 pts
  • Repackage bulk food at the Foodbank
  • Sort donated food and produce
    Collect food and funds at local grocery stores
  • Hold thank-a-thons by calling donors at Foodbank offices.
Donate Food  1 lb = 1pt
  • The Foodbank relies on donations of produce and shelf-stable foods year-round. Find out more about what we need here.
  • Have fun with a cool and unique competition to create sculptures out of shelf-stable foods the donate the food.


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.”

Capital Campaign Manager


JOB TITLE: Capital Campaign Manager

SALARY: DOE, includes benefits package

LOCATION: Santa Barbara

JOB FUNCTION: Working in partnership with CEO, Director of Strategic Gifts, CDO, Board and other Volunteer Campaign Committees, manages the planning and implementation of a multi-million dollar capital campaign.



  1. Manage, track and steward a portfolio ($1,000+ annual givers, 150 contacts) of donors.
  2. Recruit, support and track Volunteer Capital Campaign Committee(s) engagement and progress.
  3. Implement and manage a multi-million capital campaign, taking the campaign from public launch through building opening and campaign completion utilizing SalesForce CRM.
  4. Work collaboratively with CEO, Chief Development Officer, Director of Strategic Gifts, Board and Volunteer Capital Campaign Committees to create strategy, track prospects, assign tasks, cultivate identified individual prospects, attend donor meetings and prepare proposals; maintain master timeline and calendar in Salesforce to schedule leadership meetings.
  5. Manage cultivation, recognition events, and dedication ceremony to integrate campaign milestones into ongoing public relations outreach; oversee acknowledgment of all campaign gifts and pledge agreements and tracking, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate.
  6. Create campaign communications; manage the writing and development of capital campaign print and electronic collateral materials and coordinate their design and production.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and/or major gifts, and the tracking/monitoring of pledges
  • Computer fluency in MS Office, Salesforce, design programs
  • Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and solicitation techniques, including knowledge of Santa Barbara county, regional and national international philanthropic communities that support health and human services
  • Experience in managing capital campaign budgets with experience in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting follow up and stewardship; demonstrated experience in producing campaign materials
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills, capable of working effectively with board members, staff members, volunteers, consultants and donors/prospects;
  • A team player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others
  • Energetic, self-motivated and flexible

To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No calls, please.
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.

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


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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