Category: Events

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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Nov 3-22 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 $160,000 — $15,000 of which will be generously matched by Wells Fargo. Click here to Donate today

 

Get Involved

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
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**

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

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? Click here to learn more about the Challenge.

For our 2014 Challengers

  • Backyard Bounty Picks – sign up your group here (groups of all sizes)
  • Sort Food Drive food at the Santa Barbara Warehouse – every Wednesday and Friday 1-3 pm (4554 Hollister Ave.) contact Misha to sign-up your group (up to 12 people)
  • Host a food drive with barrels, boxes, coin boxes, and posters – stop by the Santa Barbara warehouse for your supplies any Wednesday or Friday 1-3 pm
  • Need a Food Pick Up? Sign up here for your preferred day and time. If you’re already registered, email Community Leader Jeanne to schedule your pick up.
  • Get fit with the free Charity Miles app and generate more points (4 mi walk/run = $1)
  • Post our Foods2Encourage Poster to give employees food drive collection ideas

2014 Scoreboard

Company Pounds Collected Hours Volunteered Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown & Brown Insurance  3,408  122 $2,325  769
Citrix  2,793.5  113 $3,686  97
Cox  127  84 $  13
Curvature  8,345.5  195 $ 1,290  196
Deckers  7,331  160 $9,600  297
Village Properties  770  46 $1,633  105
Yardi  1,916  23 $5,227  110

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 $19,956 587
Ergomotion  23 $3,090 624
Fidelity National Title  210 $693 253
Curvature  2,280 $2,209 119
Village Properties  418 $6,493 333
Yardi  3,401 $6,166 176

Our goal in 2013 was 3,000 turkeys or chickens, 300 volunteer hours and $42,000 raised. Our challengers blew those goals out of the water. The nine competitors, Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Ergomotion, Fidelity National Title, Network Hardware Resale, Village Properties and Yardi Systems were able to collectively bring in 22,463 pounds of food, 266 turkeys, 442.5 hours of service and $47,309.44 in donations, an increase from last year by over $5,700!

In 2012, Curvature (previously Network Hardware Resale) won the challenge. They harvested tangerines twice, picking over 19,000 pounds for the Foodbank to secure the win. Collectively all participants delivered 24,499 pounds of food and 44 turkeys, provided 264 hours of service and raised $42,033.38. What an amazing gift to our network of 300 nonprofits and programs during the holiday season!

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

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

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.

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for Sunday to Benefit Foodbank

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 By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County |

Published on 10.29.2014 12:56 p.m.

One of Santa Barbara’s most beloved events, the annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowlsluncheon, returns on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara.

The unique fundraising event benefits the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which is celebrating over 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education and other resources through its own programs and to a network of over 330 member nonprofit partners in Santa Barbara County.

For a donation of $30 or more, participants choose a beautiful bowl handcrafted by local ceramic artists, enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread and water, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the meal’s purpose to feed the hungry in our community. There will also be exquisite silent auctions and great raffle items.

After the meal, attendees will have the opportunity to see what the Foodbank does firsthand through a visit to the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse facility right next door. Guests are invited to visit Foodbank’s Feed the Future program demonstration booths, blend a smoothie on the human-energy powered bike blender, and enjoy healthy savory sweets. Guests will also be able to see where fresh produce and nonperishable goods are stored.

“I am in awe of the impact this event has been able to make in our community and how beloved it has become,” said Danyel Dean, founder of Santa Barbara Empty Bowls. “This event offers people the chance to participate on so many levels, giving of their talents and resources and deepening the understanding of the work done by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

Tickets are still available and guests can choose between three seating times: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, please contact Diane Durst at 805.967.5741 x104, or click here. Online registration ends Friday, but tickets can be purchased at the door.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended Empty Bowls, which raised more than $146,000 for the Foodbank through corporate donations, ticket sales, a silent auction and a raffle. Empty Bowls has donated well more than $1 million to the Foodbank over the last 16 years to help alleviate hunger in Santa Barbara County and has provided huge community awareness for Foodbank’s mission and work.

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

 

Oct 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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