Local Kids Competing in Triathlon and Fundraising for Foodbank

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Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Producer/Reporter, [email protected]

POSTED: 10:11 AM PDT Aug 17, 2014 UPDATED: 12:11 PM PDT Aug 17, 2014

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Team Jacob

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Local kids are making a difference, training for the Santa Barbara Triathlon and raising money for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

17 kids have joined “Team Jacob”. They have spent weeks swimming, biking and running in preparation for the triathlon. The kids have also raised about 18,000 dollars to donate to the Foodbank. Their goal is to raise 50,000.

“Team Jacob” was started by Jacob Mansbach.  He’s spent a lot of his time volunteering at the Foodbank warehouse, delivering food to the community and raising awareness about hunger issues in Santa Barbara County. Helping to feed local children is a cause close to his heart.

One in five kids in Santa Barbara County is at risk of hunger. “Team Jacob” is racing and fundraising in honor of those kids.

If you would like to donate, log on to:   http://www.foodbanksbc.org/joinjacob/

You can also mail a check to the Foodbank: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, attention Join Jacob, 1525 State Street, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Please write “Join Jacob” in the check memo.

 

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to Honor Agricultural Community at Third Annual ‘Table of Life’ Gala

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to Honor Agricultural Community at Third Annual ‘Table of Life’ Gala

Foodbank announces 2014 honorees Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s, with Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano as honorary chairs​

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will honor Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s at the 3rd Annual Table of Life Gala, on October 5th. Above: Honorees Chuck and Missy Sheldon (center) and representing Driscoll’s (left) Narded Eguiluz, Driscoll’s Distribution Center Manager and Foodbank’s Board of Trustees member; Vanessa Murillo, Driscoll’s Regional Administrative Assistant & Office Manager; and Nelson Medina, Driscoll’s Quality Assurance.

Santa Barbara, CA, August 13, 2014—The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is hosting its third annual Table of Life Gala on October 5th at the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road campus. The 2014 event will honor the agricultural community and those who play a large role in Foodbank’s hunger to health philosophy. The Table of Life Gala fundraiser benefits Foodbank’s “Feed the Future” programs, a series of innovative initiatives that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year’s Gala will honor Chuck and Missy Sheldon and Driscoll’s, with Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano as Honorary Event Chairs.

The 2014 honorees are examples of how both individuals and large-scale organizations can participate and help better the nutritional food cycle throughout Santa Barbara County. The Sheldon’s 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, long-time supporters and leading global distributors of fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are passionate about contributing to their local community, while working to create a healthier and happier international workforce. With their 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. Through advocates like Driscoll’s and the Sheldon’s, the Foodbank is able to give back to the community in greater and more impactful ways.

Honorary Event Co-Chair, Marybeth Carty has served as the Community Partnership Manager for Venoco, Inc. since 2003, directing the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic outreach and interfacing with over 150 different nonprofit organizations per year. Honorary Event Co-Chair Arlene Montesano, a fashion and restaurant industry entrepreneur is extensively involved with various local philanthropic organizations and has a passion for nutrition, cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. Stephanie Sokolove will be the keynote speaker at the event. Sokolove is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and pioneer of the “S ophisticated Comfort Food” movement.

This year’s theme focuses on the major role agricultural plays on both the nutritional and financial health of Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank relies on over a million pounds of donated produce locally as well as bringing in another three million pounds of fruits and vegetables from other California 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, Feed the Future is Foodbank’s continuum of national award-winning programs aimed 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 ones diet, at a young age helps set a standard for lifelong nutritional decisions and advocacy. Additionally, 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. This helps reduce waste, feed those in need as well as create more ways people can get involved with Foodbank and connect with their local community. Last year alone, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce.

“The outpour of volunteers, businesses, individuals and others involved in our efforts to provide nourishment to those in need is remarkable and deserves community-wide recognition” says Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank 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.”

Additionally, Table of Life guests will learn more about 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. For more information, please visit foodbanksbc.org/tableoflife or contact Diane Durst at 805-967-5741 x 104 or[email protected].

The 2014 Table of Life Sponsors

Fruit of the Earth Champion: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. School of Knowledge Sponsors: Armand Hammer Foundation, Mike &Tracy Bollag, Curvature, Chuck & Missy Sheldon, and Stephanie Sokolove. Feed the Future Supporters: Blue Star Parking, CKERestaurants, Bob & Christine Emmons, Sara Miller McCune, Montecito Bank & Trust, Orfalea Foundation, Sage Publications, Michael & Anne Towbes, Venoco, Inc., and Wells Fargo. Feed the Future Friends: Deanna & Jim GP Dehlsen, Allan Ghitterman &Susan Rose, Peter & Martha Karoff, Arlene Montesano, James Nigro, James & Susan Petrovich, Eric & Nina Philips, Katrina Rogers, Peter Sadowski, Richard & Maryan Schall, and Robert &Leslie Zemeckis. Other Contributors: Tom Henderson (who artwork was provided by) and Peter MacDougall.

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 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

 

The BEET: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables

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Fruits and Vegetables in the News

We’ve all seen the news that eating fruits and vegetables helps us in all aspects of our lives. It seems like every day, studies emerge linking fruit and vegetable consumption to overall health and vitality like below:

 

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Fruits and Vegetables are linked to reducing your risk of obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers.  They are even linked to improving your optimism and reducing your risk of death!  Is there truth to these claims?  YES!  While some of the statements are exaggerative, the truth is, fruits and vegetables help us in all these areas because they are nutrient dense and low calorie foods that the body needs and craves for optimal health.

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When you eat nutrient dense and low calorie foods, like fruits and vegetables, you are maximizing the amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you eat, while keeping your calorie intake low.

Nutrition Power

Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants help our bodies function properly and achieve optimal wellness. Vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables positively affect our metabolism, protein synthesis, brain function…the list goes on and on.

Auntie OxidantAntioxidants act as scavengers in our bodies, traveling through our tissues and cells, to locate the damaging free radicals that seek to harm our cells. These free radicals damage our body’s protein and fat cells, as well as our cellular DNA, increasing our risk for certain cancers and heart disease. Free radicals are unavoidable, as they are formed when we breathe in pollution or smoke, when we are stressed, or when we eat less healthy foods. We need these powerful antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables to confront these war-like free radicals and say “No, not in my body!”

Now think about what this means in terms of weight management and optimism. By eating more nutrient dense and low calorie foods, you are optimizing your health and supplying your body with what it truly needs. You can and should feel proud of yourself for treating yourself in the best possible way. I don’t know about you, but when I eat a fruit or a vegetable, I imagine my body thanking me for nourishing it. I feel healthier immediately, energized, and ready to take on the day. I feel confident that what I have just put in my body will sustain and take care of me. I feel more connected to the earth and what it provides for me, therefore, I have a more optimistic outlook on the day.

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Good Nutrition Equals Mental Health

By feeling healthier and more connected, you can tackle depressive moments and pessimistic views. Many studies have linked depression to being overweight or obese. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals, you are foregoing more calorie “rich” foods laden with starchy carbohydrates and saturated fat which have been shown to increase your risk for obesity as well as weigh you down physically and emotionally.

Vicious Circle

In this vicious circle, overeating unhealthy foods can lead to depression, and depression can lead to overeating unhealthy foods. It’s not science.

Optimistic Circle

 Putting This Into Action

So how do we do this?  Fruits and vegetables have a stigma, one that desperately needs to be eradicated.  As a dietitian, I hear all the time, “fruits and vegetables are expensive…they are hard to prepare…I don’t know how to use them…I know I should eat them, but…”

I don’t want to try and convince you that fruits and vegetables are cheaper than fast food, but if thoughtfully planned out, they can be a very affordable part of your diet, especially if you utilize the produce the Foodbank offers, or if you grow your own.  Fruits and vegetables also are less expensive if you buy them in season, because you don’t have to pay for the cost of transportation as well as other hidden costs.

Fresh Salad PrepAnd they are not hard to prepare!  As long as you have a knife and a cutting board, the time it takes to cut up a lettuce, carrot, cucumber, broccoli, and avocado salad is less than 5 minutes! That’s less time than it takes to go through a drive-through window.  And at the same time, you are breaking this “vicious circle” of poor diet and unhappiness.

I am confident, if you continue to tune into The BEET: All Things Nutrition, you will change the way you think about fruits and vegetables.  They will become staples in your kitchens, the center of your family dining experience, and important components of your everyday health.

Stay tuned for more of The BEET: All Things Nutrition. And make sure to sign up for the Foodbank’s e-mail newsletter to discover great new resources for our entire community.

 

 

Sharing Goleta’s Backyard Bounty Fruit Trees and Vines Picked for Free

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http://www.independent.com/news/2014/aug/04/sharing-goletas-backyard-bounty/

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Santa Barbara County Foodbank distributes free food in the Goleta Valley Community Center’s Dining Room.


Monday, August 4, 2014

by VIC COX

If you are one of the many Goleta Valley backyard food growers and have a few trees groaning under the weight of fruits you cannot eat or give to the neighbors, help is only a call away. Even better, relieving your vines or fruit trees will assist in feeding needy residents in your community.

After a short hiatus, the Santa Barbara County Foodbank has a new coordinator for its Backyard Bounty food-gathering program. Niles Brinton, a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, has been on the job only a few weeks and already has Goleta soil under his fingernails.

“One day I helped an elderly lady who lived off North Patterson Avenue harvest around 1,600 pounds of avocados from her trees,” he told me late last month. “We could’ve gotten more, but we ran out of boxes and daylight.” That same day he lent a hand gathering around 200 pounds of ripe grapefruit from another gardener’s trees.

These were emergencies. Picking and packing fruit is not Brinton’s main job. As his title suggests, he is Foodbank’s liaison between small growers and the nonprofit’s two warehouses in the Goleta Valley and Santa Maria. Large farmers and grocery chains donate produce and other foodstuffs through different channels.

The coordinator works with Foodbank staff to organize volunteers for gathering and transporting the produce if the donor cannot do it himself. Timing is often crucial since ripening fruit or vegetables have to be matched with volunteers’ availability and Foodbank’s small fleet of trucks. Volunteer labor helps to schedule, pick, pack, and transport the surplus to the warehouses. Distribution currently is through a network of 330 nonprofit agencies and programs, which are integral partners with the countywide organization.

Two of the many Goleta Valley beneficiaries are Friendship Manor (which provides room and board for retirees) and Isla Vista Youth Projects (low-income children’s preschool and after-school programs). In 2013, they received a combined total of more than 114,000 pounds of food, with a calculated value of nearly $200,000. Backyard Bounty provided a portion of that total.

Jamie Nichols, Foodbank’s director of operations and Brinton’s supervisor, does not have precise figures for Bounty donations from Goleta, but he labels them “significant.” He estimated that, considering seasonal variability, “local” sources provided around half of the produce and 20-40 percent of the bank’s total 16,700 pounds currently warehoused in the Page Center on Hollister. To him, local means from within the county.

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Foodbank at Goleta Valley Community Center.

 

Brinton, a native of South Carolina, said that the Backyard Bounty’s purpose is to channel healthy, surplus produce from private properties to the plates of the hungry through the nonprofits. Though he has no way of knowing if this food is organically grown, he figures it is probably pesticide free. There is “a good chance,” he said, the produce from “private donors has had less exposure to pesticides” than that from large, commercial farms. Donations from small organic farms, like Fairview Gardens and Ellwood Canyon Farms, are considered safe from pesticides, as well.

This system depends heavily on timely information and volunteer labor as well as the generosity of the home gardener. Brinton said that while he will send out pickers if the potential harvest is from three to five fruit trees, it is more efficient to have several backyards to pluck on the same trip. He hopes to develop a system of “neighborhood harvesters” with a designated “point person” to alert residents to Foodbank’s services and avoid wasting food.

Should you be interested in volunteering labor or offering your fruits and veggies to others, Brinton can be called at (805) 403-8327. He prefers calls between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. but is known to respond to voicemail outside those hours. In any case, he has set an ambitious course for the Backyard Bounty Program and welcomes inquiries.

Once a system of neighborhood harvesters is in place, he said he expects to have a supply network of donors stretching from West Goleta to Carpinteria. The goal, he added, is to provide “tens of thousands of pounds of fruit each month” to the Foodbank’s South County warehouse. Presently, Brinton is creating a donor database to move toward these objectives — with time out for emergency harvests.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Seeks Community Votes in ‘Your Favorite Charity’ Contest

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By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 07.25.2014 3:45 p.m.

Help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County continue to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County by voting in KSBY and PG&E’s “Your Favorite Charity” contest!

The charity that gathers the most votes overall will walk away with $10,000, and the charity that gathers the most votes per category will receive $2,000 each.

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44 percent are children. Some of the nourishment programs that help solve hunger are the Brown Bag Program and Picnic in the Park. The Brown Bag Program provides a grocery bag of nutritious staple foods including high-protein items, canned soups, pasta, cereal, eggs, bread and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables to low income seniors, and Picnic in the Park provides free nutritious meals to children over the summer.

In addition to its nourishment programs, the Foodbank also provides nutrition education to foster nutritional independence and health in children. One of these programs is Kid’s Farmers Market. Each month the Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to children from low-income families at 27 after-school programs countywide. The nutrition education teaches children healthy recipes, how fruits and vegetables are grown, how they are cooked and their nutritional value and importance.

Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals — half of which was fresh produce. Vote now to help continue providing the award-winning programs to residents throughout Santa Barbara County. And keep voting once a day until Friday, Aug. 1. You can vote for one charity per day per IP address. Click here to vote.

The winner will be announced Aug. 7.

Click here to learn more about Foodbank and its programs.

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

 

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Seeks Community’s Vote for $10,000 Prize

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Help Foodbank of Santa Barbara County continue to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County by voting in KSBY and PG&E’s “Your Favorite Charity” contest! The charity that gathers the most votes overall will walk away with $10,000 and the charity that gathers the most votes per category will receive $2,000 each.

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children. Some of the nourishment programs that help solve hunger are the Brown Bag Program and Picnic in the Park. The Brown Bag Program provides a grocery bag of nutritious staple foods including high-protein items, canned soups, pasta, cereal, eggs, bread and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables to low income seniors, and Picnic in the Park provides free nutritious meals to children over the summer.

In addition to its nourishment programs, Foodbank also provides nutrition education to foster nutritional independence and health in children. One of these programs is Kid’s Farmers Market.

Each month the Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to children from low-income families at 27 afterschool programs countywide. The nutrition education teaches children healthy recipes, how fruits and vegetables are grown, how they are cooked and their nutritional value and importance.

Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. Vote now to help continue providing the award winning programs to residents throughout Santa Barbara County. And keep voting once a day until Friday, August 1, 2014. You can vote for one charity per day per IP address. To vote, visithttp://ksby.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=136046.

The winner will be announced on August 7th.

To learn more about Foodbank and their programs, visit http://www.foodbanksbc.org/

foodtweeks™ Finds Partner in Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in Providing Nutritious Ways to End Hunger

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California food bank receives donations from free mobile app.

STAMFORD, CT, July 22, 2014 — foodtweeks, a free app that combines weight management with feeding the hungry, announced that the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in Santa Barbara, CA has joined the ranks of foodtweeks-affiliated food banks. With the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County reportedly feeding 1 in 4 people in the community, receiving donations from foodtweeks will support the food banks ability to provide hunger relief.

Each time a foodtweeks user reports “tweeking” (cutting calories from their food), Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will receive donations from foodtweeks, enabling the food bank to distribute an equal number of nutritious calories to hungry families. Keeping the users satisfied and healthy and providing the same for the struggling families gives users double the benefit.

“Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is excited that foodtweeks has chosen to support us and other food banks nationwide. It’s especially wonderful because foodtweeks inspires healthy eating which is an important part of our mission,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

foodtweeks makes it possible for weight-conscious consumers to be “heroes” who serve their communities by feeding the hungry, and all while cutting calories from their favorite foods in an easy, enjoyable way. foodtweeks is a product of Walker Health Labs, designers of surprising commercial solutions that also make a difference for big social problems. They have designed a way for users to make an even bigger impact by posting a “tweek” on Facebook or Twitter which doubles or triples each donation.

“foodtweeks is proud and excited to support Foodbank of Santa Barbara County,” said Elisa Shannon, foodtweeks Executive Vice President of Partnership Development. “Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a highly committed and respected organization that provides outstanding service to food-insecure members of our community.”

foodtweeks offers a unique approach to weight management. Users simply tell the app what food they are thinking of buying, eating or preparing. The app instantly displays images of suggested “tweeks” that remove enough calories to make a positive difference – but not in a way that changes the taste or leaves users hungry.

foodtweeks maintains a crowd-sourced picture database of more than 44,000 small changes that show users how to “tweek” everything from a particular brand of cheeseburger at a national restaurant chain to grocery store purchases, and homemade dishes of every kind.

foodtweeks is rapidly expanding its partner-base to food banks all across the nation, with more joining each week, said Ms. Shannon, herself a former food bank executive. Food banks that wish to affiliate with foodtweeks may contact Ms. Shannon by email at [email protected].

Jay Walker, the inventor of foodtweeks , is also the chairman of Patent Properties and curator of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. A noted entrepreneur, Mr. Walker has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers. He is best known as the creator of Priceline, which brought a new level of value to the travel industry.

foodtweeks is a free mobile phone app that helps people better manage their weight while feeding the hungry at the same time. Its goal is to change the way people view their food while ending food insecurity in America.

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