Foodbank Seeks Community Harvest Sites, Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day

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Foodbank Seeks Community Harvest Sites, Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day

Published on 10.06.2014

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All the food harvested during the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty Day on Oct. 25 will go toward feeding people in need across Santa Barbara County. (Foodbank of Santa Barbara County photo)

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County seeks produce donors and volunteers for the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in South Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce.

 Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce on beautiful ranches, historic estates, and backyards in our region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county.

“We are so lucky in Santa Barbara County to have such a wide variety of fresh produce growing nearly year-round,” said Niles Brinton, the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty coordinator. 

“Our mission is to make sure that none of this produce goes to waste; to provide it to those who need it most.”

Since the Backyard Bounty program began in 2007, volunteers have harvested more than 500,000 pounds of fresh local produce for area residents in need. All together, the Foodbank provides over 330 member nonprofit partners with food support — half of which is fresh produce — annually feeding over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40 percent are children.

The program’s donors are happy to know that their excess produce will not be entering the waste stream or rotting on the ground, but instead be going to a good cause. Over 25 percent of our local landfill is food, while one in five children in Santa Barbara County are food insecure.

 Backyard Bounty donations range from a single tree to large orchards, with South County donors stretching from the Goleta Valley to the hills of Montecito and Carpinteria

“Without good people who share their overabundance of fruits and vegetables and the volunteers who dedicate their time, this program would not be possible,” Brinton said.

How to Participate

» Provide a harvest site: Visit backyardbounty.org and register trees or crops. Registrants will then be contacted directly to arrange for a harvest. All donations are tax-deductable, and protected under the Good Samaritan Act.

» Volunteer: Visit backyardbounty.org to sign up for upcoming harvests, including Backyard Bounty Day.

» Drop off produce: Visit the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse at 4554 Hollister Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions, contact Niles Brinton at [email protected] or 805.403.8327.

Foodbank Seeks Harvest Sites and Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day, October 25

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Foodbank Seeks Harvest Sites and Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day, October 25th

Local harvesting event to help people in need; produce donations from backyards of all sizes also welcome. 

 

South Santa Barbara County, Calif., October 6, 2014 – Foodbank of Santa Barbara County seeks produce donors and volunteers for the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, October 25th. Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in South Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce.

 

Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce on beautiful ranches, historic estates, and backyards in our region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county.

 

“We are so lucky in Santa Barbara County to have such a wide variety of fresh produce growing nearly year-round,” said Niles Brinton, Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty Coordinator. “Our mission is to make sure that none of this produce goes to waste; to provide it to those who need it most.”

Since the Backyard Bounty program began in 2007, volunteers have harvested more than 500,000 pounds of fresh local produce for area residents in need. All together, the Foodbank provides over 330 member non-profit partners with food support – half of which is fresh produce – annually feeding over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40% are children.

 

The program’s donors are happy to know that their excess produce will not be entering the waste stream or rotting on the ground, but instead be going to a good cause. Over 25% of our local landfill is food, while 1 in 5 children in Santa Barbara County are food insecure.

 

Backyard Bounty donations range from a single tree to large orchards, with South County donors stretching from the Goleta Valley to the hills of Montecito and Carpinteria.

 

“Without good people who share their overabundance of fruits and vegetables and the volunteers who dedicate their time, this program would not be possible,” said Brinton.

 

How to Participate in the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on October 25th:

 

· Provide a harvest site: visit backyardbounty.org and register trees or crops. Registrants will then be contacted directly to arrange for a harvest. All donations are tax-deductable, and protected under the Good Samaritan Act.

 

· Volunteer: visit backyardbounty.org to sign up for upcoming harvests, including Backyard Bounty Day.

 

· Drop off produce: visit Foodbank’s Santa Barbara Warehouse, located at 4554 Hollister Avenue from 10am-2pm.

 

For questions, contact Niles Brinton at [email protected] or (805) 403-8327.

 

About Foodbank Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 330 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 9.3 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

 

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Table of Life Gala Fights Hunger Locally

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Foodbank CFO Carrie Wanek, board president Melissa Peterson with husband Brad, and community outreach director Bonnie Campbell.

 

 

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Contractor Richard Heimburg and Karen Schloss-Heimburg strike a pose at the outdoor photo booth.

 

 

 

 

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Table of Life Gala guests view the food garden before their lunch.bpic1

From left, Kathleen Barry, Maren Mansen, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County executive director Erik Talkin and Ann Daniel at the nonprofit organization’s Table of Life Gala on Sunday at Pacifica Graduate Institute. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk

Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkSociety | Published on 10.05.2014

 The Foodbank of Santa Barbara Countyhosted its third annual Table of Life Gala on Sunday at Pacifica Graduate Institute’sLambert Road campus. The 2014 event honored the agricultural community and those who play a big role in the Foodbank’s hunger to health philosophy.

 The afternoon fundraiser benefited the Foodbank’s “Feed the Future” programs, a series of initiatives that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year’s gala honored Missy and Chuck Sheldon and Driscoll’s with help of honorary event co-chairwomen Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano.

The Sheldons are personal and corporate supporters whose participation allows the community access to tens of thousands of tangerines yearly through Backyard Bounty, a tremendous source of the program’s growth.

Driscoll’s, longtime supporters and leading global distributors of fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, are dedicated to helping the local community while working to create a healthy international workforce. With its Sembrando Salud program, Driscoll’s aims to reduce obesity and diabetes in the United States and Mexico by teaching farmers and their families how to live a healthier lifestyle through cooking, awareness and exercise.

Carty is the community partnership manager for Venoco Inc., directing the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic outreach and assisting up to 150 nonprofit organizations per year.

 Montesano, a fashion and restaurant industry entrepreneur, is extensively involved with several local philanthropic organizations, and has a passion for nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

 Event committee members included Ann Daniel, Sue Dempster, Phyllis De Picciotto and Stan Roden, Brigitte Guehr, Joyce Howerton, Amanda Kramer, Cynder Sinclair, Stephanie Sokolove and Nina Terzian.

 This year’s theme focused on the major role that agriculture plays on both the nutritional and financial health of Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank relies on more than 1 million pounds of donated produce locally as well as bringing in another 3 million pounds of fruits and vegetables from other counties. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has made fresh produce a focus, with food, education and community development programs that emphasize fruits, vegetables and good nutrition.

 Now in its third year, the Foodbank’s Feed the Future program aims at teaching nutritional independence and health in children from infancy to young adulthood. Practicing good health — including the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into one’s diet — at a young age helps set a standard for lifelong nutritional decisions and advocacy.

 Additionally, the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty program invites local individuals and families to be part of the farm-to-table movement by donating excess or unwanted produce, which is then repurposed through Foodbank programs.

 “The contributions of volunteers, businesses, individuals and others involved in our efforts to provide nourishment to those in need is remarkable, and deserves our thanks and recognition,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “This year’s honorees are examples of how individuals and large-scale organizations can participate and help better the nutritional food cycle throughout Santa Barbara County.

 “Hunger is a reality here in Santa Barbara. I met a girl sitting on a wall in Santa Barbara’s Westside. Her name was Louisa and she was 15. She described to me how the family struggles to feed her and her two younger siblings. She said ‘my hunger is a hole digging in my stomach.’”

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Foodbank supporters Evon de Meistre, left, and her daughter and son-in-law, Angelia and Viktor Armand Hammer.

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Under canvas umbrellas for lunch on Pacifica’s campus.

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Singer Chris Beland performs at the luncheon.

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Narded Eguiluz, who accepted the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s award for Driscoll’s, is flanked by event co-chairwomen Marybeth Carty, left, and Arlene Montesano.

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Brian King, top sponsor Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, and Montecito Bank & Trust president and CEO Janet Garufis.

 

Those helping the cause Sunday included a number of Table of Life Sponsors.

Fruit of the Earth Champion

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

School of Knowledge Sponsors

Armand Hammer Foundation, Tracy and Mike Tracy Bollag, Curvature, Missy and Chuck Sheldon, and Stephanie Sokolove

Feed the Future Supporters

Blue Star ParkingCKE Restaurants, Christine and Bob EmmonsSara Miller McCuneMontecito Bank & TrustOrfalea FoundationSage Publications, Anne and Michael Towbes, Venoco Inc. and Wells Fargo

Feed the Future Friends

Deanna and Jim GP Dehlsen, Susan Rose and Allan Ghitterman, Martha and Peter Karoff, Arlene Montesano, James Nigro, Susan and James Petrovich, Nina and Eric Philips, Katrina Rogers, Peter Sadowski, Maryan and Richard Schall, and Leslie and Robert Zemeckis. Other contributors included Tom Henderson, who provided artwork. and Peter MacDougall.

 

Stephanie Sokolove served as keynote speaker at the event. She is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur and pioneer of the “Sophisticated Comfort Food” movement.

 

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of more than 350 member nonprofit partners.

 

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank — more than 104,500 unduplicated people, of whom 44 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals, half of which was fresh produce.

 

Click here for more information about the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, or contact Diane Durst at [email protected] or 805.967.5741 x104.

 

— Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at[email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk,@NoozhawkSociety@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan ofNoozhawk on Facebook.

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Foodbank Welcomes New Staff Members Bonnie Campbell, Erin Hansen, and Melissa Fontaine

By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 10.01.2014 5:13 p.m.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County recently welcomed three new members that will play essential roles for in their organization: Bonnie Campbell, Erin Hansen, and Melissa Fontaine. All members have prior experience with nutrition and are community orientated, thus perfect fits for the foodbank where their main priority is to donate nourishing foods to local communities to the best of their ability. attachment-1Bonnie Campbell

Campbell, graduated from Stanford University, has previously worked as a “registered diet technician at Cottage Hospital,” has worked with the Associated Students Food Bank at UC Santa Barbara and now has the title at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County as the “first ever director of community impact” where she will be responsible for “coordinating internal and external programs and agency activities, maximizing the Foodbank’s sustainability, creating and evaluating community impact projects focused of ending hunger and improving the health of our community” among many other things.

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Erin Hansen is now our new community nutrition coordinator and her experience began with community nutrition begun as an undergraduate student when she was pursuing a bachelor’s of science in applied nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her responsibilities will include coordinating the Food Action Plan.

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The third member to be welcomed to the Foodbank, Melissa Fontaine, is a UCSB graduate with an environmental studies and management degree, has previously worked for the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Garden as the marketing manager, has experience with nutrition related educational programs, and is now the Foodbank’s advocacy coordinator. We look forward to what Campbell, Hansen, and Fontaine will contribute to the Foodbank in the months to come and again, welcome!