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.

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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