Category: Events

Give A Meal Triple Match

Triple Your Gift Thanks to Bank of America’s Give A Meal Match

Give today and your gift will be double matched. Through this great opportunity, we can make sure that children, seniors and working families have nutritious meals through the winter season. With our everyday efficiencies, for every $1 donated, we can distribute 8 nutritious meals. Our goal is to raise $25,000 and raise $75,000 by November 30th.

Please do give generously before the triple-matched funds run out.


Here’s how to triple your gift:

If you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share, please reach out to us at (805) 967-5741 x 110 or [email protected].Klein_142618-1703

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Compete to Beat Hunger – 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?


Seven companies, composed of 2,228 employees, raised over $23,760 and collected 24,691 pounds of food during the 2014 Corporate Challenge. They provided an amazing 228,479 meals to those in need of food assistance in Santa Barbara County!

Most Points per Employee: Brown & Brown Insurance
Most Points Total: Deckers Brands

Thanks to all our 2014 Competitors!
Brown & Brown Insurance
Deckers Brands
Village Properties
Yardi Systems

Contact Development Manager Misha Garrison at (805) 967-5741 ext. 119 to sign up.

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for Sunday to Benefit Foodbank



 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.


October 11 Celebration of Harvest

The 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!

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!

July 21 – Aug 1 Help us win $10,000. Vote once a day!

Are we your favorite cause?366We’re finalists in the KSBY and PG&E “Your Favorite Charity” contest! We could win $10,000 to move our community from hunger to health.

Will you vote for us? Please vote here.


Please vote every day now through August 1st and ask friends to vote, too. Use @FoodbankSB #KSBY and #PGE4ME on social media.

KSBY will announce the winner on August 7.  More details here.

Only YOU can decide: are we “Your Favorite Charity?”

You must be a resident of Santa Barbara County or San Luis Obispo County to participate in the voting contest. Only 1 vote per day per IP address (see contest rules).