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Bank Notes Online

Hi Foodbankers! Thanks for responding to the Bank Notes survey in June. Here are the highlights of the responses about the current format of Bank Notes:

  • Most of us read it (over 80% responded “Always” and “Sometimes”)
  • We read it in one sitting (nearly 60%)
  • We receive it online (nearly 70%) and read it online (nearly 60%)
  • But, we “rarely” or “never” re-read back issues (nearly 70%)
  • Of 4 alternative formats offered in the survey, we ranked them:

1. “Online blog posts without an email”
2. “Weekly emails from a different department each week” (all departments in a month)
3. “Monthly emails with links to blog content”
4. “Keep Bank Notes as is”

  • Over half of respondents contribute to Bank Notes but the other 45% don’t because they’ve “never been asked” and “it’s never been clear who directs producing content and who decides who should write what.”

So, What’s Next?

Survey respondents asked for “an easy-to-format template” and “single page layouts instead of 2 or 3 column” as well as an archive of old ones. It’s been created on our S drive here: S:\Community Impact\Bank Notes Archive. You also asked for a Q&A section and to make the content by employees and about employees to “shed light on what we do and what our jobs entail” and about “seeking advice or feedback from each other.”

In answer to these requests, we’re going to try out Bank Notes Online with monthly posts from each department which will allow for polls and surveys, comments, and Q&A’s built right into posts. All Bank Notes posts will be online and therefore viewable by the public, however a lot of our posts are “inside baseball” so they won’t be easily findable by the casual browser (no SEO or links from other pages on our site). However (and depending on the content) we may want to share Bank Notes posts with donors or on media channels. Please ask the post’s author before you share or link non-Foodbankers to posts. But also please keep this in mind when writing posts. Thanks!

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Check out this how to video and when posting, please select only “Bank Notes” and your department from the categories check boxes on the left side bar of the “Create a new post” page. That way it’s easy for Foodbank viewers to find past posts from your department or look at all Bank Notes posts together. They’ll naturally appear in order of newest to oldest posts. Where do you look for all the Bank Note-goodness? Go to www.foodbanksbc.org/category/bank-notes

 

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.

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Talkin’ Hunger: Back to School

How has your summer been?

I wish I could say that the summer was a quiet time for the Foodbank, where we were all sitting around drinking kale smoothies and brushing up on our knowledge of different varieties of beets. In reality, summer was an incredibly busy time for us, especially with our ‘Picnic in the Park’ program, which provided healthy lunches and physical activities to hungry children who get no free school lunches in the summer. This year the program served an incredible 38,000 meals countywide during the program at sites staffed by volunteers. Thank you so much for the heartfelt effort of those who supported this initiative with time and money.

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As we reached the end of the summer, we have compiled our statistics for the number of people served in the last financial year (ending in June) by ourselves and our network of 330 wonderful local nonprofit agencies. We discovered that the number of unduplicated people served has gone up from 104,000 to 144,000. This shows that the challenge of an economic recovery is not really allowing people more money to spend on healthy food. We have no illusions that we have our work cut out for us.

Yet September and the ‘back to school’ season is a time of hope for the Foodbank, with the beginning of a new year of our national award-winning series of ‘Feed the Future’ educational food programs for kids – from preschool to high school.

Our approach is for people to learn from their peers in the community. The ‘experts’ can come in and tell you what you should cook and how you should do it, but far more useful are trusted and respected people from a neighborhood, a street near you, who want to do something to improve the nutritional health of those around them.

That’s where you come in. These programs are all taught by Foodbank supporters: college students, mothers and fathers, the underemployed, professional people giving a couple of hours a month, seniors sharing a lifetime of knowledge. We’re proud of these teachers and what they are doing to help build a new generation of healthy young people in our county.

I hope you’ll consider joining us in one of these educational opportunities. They are as nourishing for the teachers as for the students and great fun.

In the north, contact Darlene Chavez at 805-403-5354.
In the south, contact Melissa Howard at 805-403-2471.

Thanks for all that you are doing to ensure a healthy and hunger-free SB County

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 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
Click here to buy tickets

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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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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

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Held at the beautiful La Casa de Maria in Montecito

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 and an optional guided yoga practice. 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

Transportation

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Afternoon Break

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 Breakfast and Snacks Sponsor

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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!

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!

Sept 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!

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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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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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