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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Nov 3-26 Thanksgiving Drive

Make the Holidays Bright for our Neighbors in Need

During our Thanksgiving Drive, please donate turkeys and chickens as well as other Foods 2 Encourage (list below). Our goal is to collect 4,500 birds and raise $15,000 which will be generously matched by Wells Fargo. Click here to Donate today

 

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Get Involved

Nov 8 - 9:30–11am Saturday Family Days at the Santa Maria Warehouse
Nov 14
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3–7 pm Thanksgiving Drive Thru Event at 2320 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
Nov 15 - 9:30–11am Saturday Family Days at the Santa Barbara Warehouse

Nov 22 – Participate in the Girl Scouts Food Drive and the Letter Carriers Food Drive
Hold a Food & Funds Drive – Sign up here at the bottom of the page
Oct 13 – Dec 12 KSBY Season of Hope
**Warehouses will be open for drop-off donations during all above events**

The Foodbank distributes foods that encourage health. When donating food, please help provide these most needed items:

Whole Grains:

  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole grain cereals with less than 12g sugar per serving
  • Whole grain breads
  • Whole wheat or brown rice flourQuinoa, buckwheat, barley, or other whole grains
  • Cornmeal
  • Corn or whole wheat tortillas

Animal Proteins:

  • Canned, low-sodium soups, stews, chili
  • Canned tuna or salmon


Fruits and vegetables:

  • All fresh produce
  • Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice or water
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables

Vegetarian Proteins

  • Peanuts, almonds, or any dry roasted, no salt added nuts or nut butters
  • Dried lentils, beans or peas
  • Canned black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans
  • Low-sodium vegetarian chili
  • Sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds, tahini

Other Nutritious Items:

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Dried spices
  • Olive or organic canola oils

The following guidelines apply:

  • We cannot accept home canned products.
  • We cannot distribute cans without labels.
  • We cannot distribute opened products.
  • We do not accept candy and soda. The Foodbank is committed to distributing healthy, nutritious food.
  • Please donate retail sized items.
  • Foods must be in original packaging.
  • We cannot accept pet food.
  • Please do not donate products with expiration dates that have expired. The Foodbank has to check every item and then discard those that can not be distributed.

Download here: 2014 Foods2Encourage Poster

 

 

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

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 who take on the added responsibility of the Corporate Challenge join a VIP club of pioneering leaders. Will your organization be one of those leaders?

Part of the Corporate Challenge?
Donate for your team here
Sign up for Backyard Bounty picks here

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

2014 Score Board

Company Pounds Collected Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance $
Citrix $
Cox $
Curvature $
Deckers Brands $
Fidelity National Title $
Village Properties $
Yardi $

Important Dates

Oct 31 Deadline to Sign up
Nov 2 Kick-off Photo Shoot
Nov 3 – 7 Kick-off Week, Press Release Issued, Host a lunch & learn with Foodbank staff
Nov 3 – 26 Thanksgiving Drive
Nov 15 Saturday Family Day at Santa Barbara Warehouse
Nov 22 Turkey Collection at Santa Barbara Warehouse
Dec 1 – 31 Holiday Food & Funds Drive
Dec 31 Corporate Challenge Ends
Jan 5 Winner Announced

How it works:

Participate by competing against other local businesses 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
Referring a Challenger
1 point
10 points
10 points
20 points
100 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
  • 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  2,128 $3,416 841
Citrix  5,754 $2,818 108
Cox  6,251 $2,468 442
Deckers  1,998 $19,955 587
Ergomotion  23 $3,090 624
Fidelity National Title  210 $693 253
Network Hardware Resale  2,280 $2,209 119
Village Properties  418 $6,493 333
Yardi  3,401 $6,166 176

In 2013, newcomer Brown & Brown Insurance won the challenge with high employee participation and a new initiative to use the Charity Miles apps to get out for walks and rack up points during the challenge.

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 during the holiday season.

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

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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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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
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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!

October 5 Table of Life Gala

 

tol2013brownTableOfLife October 5, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fleischmann Estate
Pacifica Graduate Institute
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA.This year we will honor the agricultural community.

Honorees
Driscoll’s
Chuck & Missy Sheldon
Honorary Chairs
Marybeth Carty
Arlene Montesano

Honorary Committee
Jeff & Susan Bridges, Danyel Dean, James & Deanna Dehlsen, Robert & Christine Emmons, Allan Ghitterman, Carla Hahn, Perri Harcourt, Richard & Karen Schloss Heimberg, George & Shari Isaac, Morrie & Irma Jurkowitz, Jeffrey & Nancy Kupperman, Nancy Laffert, Archie McLaren, Sara Miller McCune, Bill & Sandi Nicholson, Natalie Orfalea, Tom & Sue Parker, Marianne Patridge, Jim Poett, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Katrina Rogers, Susan Rose, Alison & Geoff Rusack, Ken & Jo Saxon, Richard & Maryan Schall, Anne & Mike Towbes, Jim & Sherry Villanueva

Host Committee
Ann Daniel,Sue Dempster, Phyllis De Picciotto & Stan Roden, Brigitte Guehr, Joyce Howerton, Amanda Kramer, Cynder Sinclair, Stephanie Sokolove , Nina Terzian

This exclusive event is limited to 150 guests.

 

SOWING THE SEEDS FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE
The Table of Life Gala is a fundraiser for Foodbank Feed the Future programs, a sequential series of innovative programs that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. These programs have been nationally recognized for their approached to making long-term change in their lives of recipients. Guests will learn more about the Foodbank’s exciting vision for a nutritionally healthy Santa Barbara while enjoying the unique opportunity to explore the organic gardens and enchanting orchards on Pacifica’s campus.

SPONSORSHIP & TICKET OPPORTUNITIES 
For an individual ticket ($1,000 sponsorship), please contact: Jane Lindsey, Chief Development & Resource Officer, 805-967-5741 x 101 [email protected]

 

2014 Table of Life Sponsors
FRUIT OF THE EARTH CHAMPION
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

SCHOOL OF KNOWLEDGE SPONSOR
Armand Hammer Foundation
Mike & Tracy Bollag
Curvature
Chuck & Missy Sheldon
Stephanie Sokolove

FEED THE FUTURE SUPPORTER
Ed & Sue Birch
Blue Star Parking
CKE Restaurants
Bob & Christine Emmons
Sara Miller McCune
Montecito Bank & Trust
Michael & Anne Towbes
Sage Publications
Venoco, Inc.
Wells Fargo

FEED THE FUTURE FRIEND
Ann Daniel • James & Deanna Dehlsen• Susan Dempster • Perri Harcourt Allan Ghitterman & Susan Rose • Gina Giannetto • Richard & Karen Schloss Heimberg • Peter & Martha Karoff • Marc & Pauline Lowe • Arlene Montesano Urusla Nesbitt • James Nigro • James Petrovich • Eric & Nina Phillips Stan Roden & Phyllis de Picciotto • Katrina Rogers • Peter Sadowski & Denise Decker Richard & Maryan Schall • Wayne & Sharol Siemens • Nina Terzian • Robert & Leslie Zemeckis

 
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS
Artwork by Tom Henderson
Peter MacDougall

The Foodbank is honored that Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, Chancellor, has again opened Pacifica’s doors to host the Table of Life Gala in their idyllic Lambert Campus grounds for the third year. An accredited graduate school, Pacifica Graduate Institute offers masters and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions in depth psychology. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and an academic community that fosters a spirit of free and open inquiry. The mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology.

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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