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Unknown-5 Help Foodbank give back during the holiday season for its annual Thanksgiving Drive taking place from November 15-26.

With the goal of raising $160,000 and collecting 4,500 turkeys, your donation will help families in need enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal with loved ones. Wells Fargo will be sponsoring the Thanksgiving Drive with a $15,000 one to one challenge grant.

How to contribute:

  • Healthy and nutritious food drop-offs can be made at the Santa Barbara Foodbank facility located on 4554 Hollister Avenue, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours beginning November 18 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Though Foodbank is only open on weekdays, they will open their facilities on Saturday, November 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during Saturday Family Day to allow those who can’t stop by during regular weekday hours make a donation.
  • On Saturday, November 22 The Letter Carriers Food Drive will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver the donations to Foodbank.
  • Local Girl Scout Troops will be participating in the drive throughout the community.

To see updates on the Foodbank’s Thanksgiving Drive campaign or for more information, visit

For more information or to volunteer during the Thanksgiving Drive or holiday season, please visit Foodbank at foodbanksbc.orgor call 805/967-5741.

–Breanne Lewis


CSF Students at Santa Maria High Collecting Canned Goods for Foodbank

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CSF Students at Santa Maria High Collecting Canned Goods for Foodbank

Honors students of the California Scholarship Federation at Santa Maria High School soon will complete a three-week Canned Food Drive to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. (Santa Maria Joint Union High School District photo)

 By Kenny Klein for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District | Published on 11.18.2014

 Cans of food that offer hope are being collected to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

Honors students of the California Scholarship Federation at Santa Maria High Schoolwill complete their three-week “Canned Food Drive” on Friday.

The CSF students, who usually collect 700 to 1,000 pounds of food, plan it as a gift to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Foster Road.

The canned goods have been collected from about 35 classrooms and administrative offices on campus.

CSF President Lauren Hunt believes helping others is an important civic duty.

“As a school, we all wish to help our community and encourage others to give back to their community and neighbors,” Hunt said. “We hope to donate an ample supply of food goods to the community to ensure good holidays for everyone in Santa Maria. We understand the struggles of our community, and this is one avenue through which we can give back to the community that supports us as a school.”

English language development teacher and CSF adviser Suzanne Rocco said students really understand what “giving back” means.

“With the help of students, staff and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, SMHS’ CSF members will help make the upcoming holiday season a little brighter,” Rocco said.

In the past, the students have donated the canned food to nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Good Samaritan, the Woman’s Shelter and SMHS families.

— Kenny Klein is a public information officer for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.


Local Girl Scouts Holding Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Foodbank




Local Girl Scouts Holding Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Foodbank

By Girl Scouts-Costa de Oro Service Unit | Published on 11.18.2014

 The local Girl Scout service unit will be holding a holiday food drive this month.

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts from Goleta to Carpinteria will be at neighborhood Vons supermarkets accepting donations on behalf of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara.

Mother-daughter food drive organizers Michelle and Clare Kelly said the goal of the drive is to collect more than 3,000 pounds of food to help make the holiday season bright for local families in need this year.

“I’ve done a food drive with my Girl Scout troop the past eight years,” Senior Girl Scout Clare Kelly said. “It was so much fun that I thought other troops in our service unit might like to participate and help even more people in need. Last year, the whole service unit participated in the holiday food drive and it was a huge success.”

In 2013, 130 Girl Scouts and leaders from 18 troops collected 3,257 pounds of food in 20 hours.

“The goal of last year’s food drive was a ton — 2,000 pounds,” troop leader Michelle Kelly said. “Since we collected 3,200 pounds last year, the girls set a goal of 3,300 pounds for this year.”

On Friday, Nov. 21, six troops will be collecting donations at the Montecito Vons, the Vons on Fairview Avenue in Goleta and the Vons in Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Plaza. On Saturday, Nov. 22, 16 troops will be collecting donations at the La Cumbre Plaza Vons, the Vons on Fairview Avenue, the Carpinteria Vons and the Vons on Turnpike Road in Goleta.

The programs receiving assistance from the Foodbank include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school and senior feeding programs. Items needed include olive oil, fresh produce, peanut butter, canned or dried fruit, canned vegetables, canned stew and vegetarian chili, cornmeal, tortillas, canned meats, fruit juice, pasta, rice, beans, tuna, soup, bread, cereal, spices, coffee and tea.

For those unable to make it to one of the five Vons locations, donations can always be dropped off during regular weekday Foodbank hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at 4554 Hollister Ave. in Goleta. The Foodbank will also accept checks. For every dollar donated, the Foodbank can provide eight healthy meals for people.

For more information about the food drive, contact the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County at 805.967.5741.

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 330 member nonprofit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; more than 140,575 unduplicated people of whom 36 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.3 million pounds of food – half of which was fresh produce. Click here for more information.

The Costa de Oro Service Unit serves all Girl Scout troops from Carpinteria to Goleta, providing support to more than 65 troops, approximately 700 girls and more than 300 adults. Costa de Oro is one of the largest service units in the Central Coast Council, which serves the six counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Click here for more information.

Local Companies Vying for Title in Foodbank’s Corporate Challenge

November 10, 2014

Local Companies Vying for Title in Foodbank’s Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge


This year’s Foodbank Corporate Challenge participants get ready to compete for the title. Top row from left:Tatum Adair (Deckers), Todd Mitchell (Curvature), Laura Arnold (Curvature), Mimi Bochenek (Citrix), Linda De La Torre (Brown & Brown Insurance), Melissa Aguilera (Brown & Brown Insurance), Cindy Torres (Brown & Brown Insurance), Leanna Merritt (Brown & Brown Insurance), Michele Talkington (Cox) and Taylor Lindberg (Yardi); bottom row from left: Amanda Mitchell (Curvature), Sandy Widstrup (Brown & Brown Insurance), Jennifer Mansbach (Village Properties), Cary Harrison (Cox) and Kelly Johnson (Yardi). (Foodbank of Santa Barbara County photo)

By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 11.10.2014


The competitive spirit surrounding the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s annual Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge gets more palpable every year.

The Corporate Challenge is a friendly competition among local businesses to collect the most points for food, funds and volunteer hours, all benefiting those in need in Santa Barbara County. Points are collected for each pound of food, turkey, dollar and hour of volunteer service donated, and are divided by the number of participants at each organization to create a points to employee ratio.

This year, seven local companies including (2013 winner) Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox, Curvature, Deckers, Village Properties and Yardi have joined forces to help the Foodbank and compete for the 2014 title. The challenge kicked off Nov. 3 and will run through Dec. 31.

Last year, Brown & Brown Insurance secured their win with a total of $3,416.37 raised, 61.25 volunteer hours served and 2,000 pounds of locally grown produce harvested. The 2013 competitors were also able to collectively bring in 22,463 pounds of food, 266 turkeys, 442.5 hours of service and $47,309.44 in donations, a $5,700 increase from 2012.

“Brown & Brown Insurance and its employees know how important it is to give back to the community where they live, work, and raise their families,” said Susan Rodriguez, executive vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance Services of California, Inc. “Our culture promotes and encourages employee involvement through monetary and hours donated. Through our competitive environment, we work together to help those non-profits that we support improve their mission. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides much needed food and nutrition education in the community where we live and work. We enjoyed being part of the Corporate Challenge in 2013. Our competitive spirit was heightened as we received weekly and monthly results of those who participated in the Corporate Challenge. Brown & Brown Insurance looks forward to its continued support of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

“Foodbank applauds the dedication of our local business community, who continue to serve and enhance our region through their time, talent and support,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “These efforts are ever more critical to prevent working families in our community from having to sacrifice healthcare, housing or education to afford nutritious food. These businesses will help us help those in our community in need of nourishment and some holiday cheer.”

There are many ways for members of the community to participate in the drive as well. Individuals can establish their own Food & Funds Drive or can drop off nonperishable food at both the Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria Foodbank warehouses, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also participate in a virtual food drive online, which lets people shop and make a donation to the Foodbank. To learn more, click here or contact development manager Misha Karbelnig at 805.967.5741 x119.


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

Caring and Sharing – May 31, 2014


The Third Annual Block Party and Caring and Sharing Event Returns to the Calle Real Center in Goleta!

On May 31, 2014 from 12-3 in the afternoon the Calle Real Shopping Center,  will be transformed into a neighborhood Block Party and “non-profit” showcase.

Fun, Fun, Fun, is the order of the day with bounce houses, face painters, balloon animals, a wandering musician, Snow White princess, musical groups and more.  Kids can meet our first responders and see a county fire truck, AMR Ambulance and Sheriffs cruiser.  Participating restaurants will offer food samples.  Animal rescue and adoption groups will be ready to show off the cutest dogs and cats to potential new homes.  The Artisans Market will be in full swing with local artisans offering homemade goodies (including allergy free and gluten free items) and local produce along with beautiful handmade jewelry.

At the same time all that fun is going on, the merchants in the center will be sharing their storefronts with a wide variety of non-profits, allowing them a venue to show the public just what it is that makes these non-profit organizations so valuable to our community. Both the Goleta and Santa Barbara Chambers of Commerce will also have tables and will be supporting the event.

A big thanks to the media sponsors, Rincon Broadcasting – K~lite, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Sentinel, ParentClick and Santa Barbara Big City Buzz.  Support is also provided by Sidekick Creative, the UPS Store and FedEx Office and the many fine merchants of the CalleRealCenter.

Last year 50 Merchants participated and hundreds of parents and kids came by to enjoy the festivities, say hello to their favorite non-profit and learn more about our community and the people and groups that make it such a special place. Help to make this Third Annual Caring and Sharing event an even bigger success by coming out to the Calle Real Center between 12-3pm on Saturday May 31, 2014

Some of the non-profits already signed up to participate are: Unite-to-Light; American Heart AssociationDevereuxSB Genealogical SocietyGirls Inc.Sansum Diabetes Research InstituteTri County Arthritis FoundationBoys and Girls Club; Rental Housing Mediation Task ForceSanta Barbara YMCA; New Directions Travel; Rape Crisis Center; Parkinson’s Association; IV YMCA; Toastmasters International of Santa Barbara; Humane Society; Central Coast Type One Diabetes Foundation; sbSNAP; Down Syndrome Association; Friendship Center; Villa Majella; United Way; Isla Vista Youth Project; K-9 Pals, ASAP; St. Vincent’s; FoodBank of SB; St. Athanasius; County Air Pollution Control District; SEE International; Domestic Violence Solutions; Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara; Family Services Agency; SB Wildlife Care Network; Friends of Goleta Beach; Goleta Library; Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce; Goleta Valley Historical Society; Partners in Education; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; SBCC New Center for Lifelong Learning; Food From the Heart; Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics; Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy; Nourish the Children; Anger Management Systems; Alzheimers Association, Domestic Violence Solutions; Jodi House; Goleta Valley Community Center; Friends of the Library,  Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks also to Doug Giordani for who will be our wandering troubador and Amy Mah who will offer chair massages.

Presented by the Calle Real Merchant’s Association. For more information contact: Glenn Avolio, [email protected] 886-5438




Sponsor Share Your Lunch 2014



sponsorship benefits $5,000 – $10,000 level*

  • Social Media postings as leadership sponsor throughout campaign
  • Press Release as leadership sponsor – to countywide media contacts
  • Website – Home page under Mark Your Calendar
  • Logo on event page with quote and link
  • Logo on printed material for Share Your Lunch campaign
  • Listing on corporate sponsorship page for 1 year
  • eNewsletter acknowledgement with link to website
  • Invitation to annual Donor Reception
  • Team-Building Volunteer Activities
  • Site visit to a children’s summer program

*Your donation will be used as a challenge grant to the community. For more information, contact Misha Karbelnig, (805) 967-5741 x 119 . It’s a great recognition opportunity.

sponsorship benefits $2,500 – $4,999 level

  • Social Media thank you postings (at start and conclusion)
  • Mentioning in press Release – to countywide media contacts
  • Logo on event page with link
  • eNewsletter acknowledgement
  • Invitation to annual Donor Reception
  • Team-Building Volunteer Activities
  • Site visit to a children’s summer program

sponsorship benefits $1,000 – $2,499 level

  • Social Media thank you postings (at start and conclusion)
  • Name on event page
  • eNewsletter acknowledgement
  • Invitation to annual Donor Reception

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