Foodbank Welcomes New Staff Members…


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.

attachment-2Erin Hansen

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.

attachment-3Melissa Fontaine

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!




Triple the Impact of Your Donations this Month for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County





​Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has teamed up with Bank of America and Feeding America to help put an end to hunger for September’s Hunger Action Month.

Bank of America has committed to match every individual donation by local supporters two-for-one for donations ranging from 10 to 1000 dollars. During the triple match, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will be able to provide 240 meals for every 10 dollars donated.

There are four easy steps to donate:

1- Visit the Bank of America Give A Meal Match page ​
2- Click on “Donate Now” and enter your Santa Barbara County billing zip code
3- Enter your desired donation amount and use a credit card with a Santa Barbara County billing zip code for payment
4- Email your receipt to [email protected] so your donation can be added to the count

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County transforms health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy.

For more information, visit

–Breanne Lewis

Give a Meal Campaign


Community Invited to Triple Impact for Foodbank During ‘Give a Meal’ Campaign

Nearly 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. But thanks to generous support from the community, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is able to end hunger for one in four residents throughout the county each year.

To do so, the Foodbank requires the resources to move millions of pounds of food and to purchase food when donations run low.

This month, during Hunger Action Month, Bank of America has committed to match every individual donation by local supporters 2-to-1 for donations of $10 to $1,000.

During the month of September, follow the simple steps below and triple your impact.

To Donate

» Step 1 — Visit the Bank of America Give a Meal Match page

» Step 2 — Click on “Donate Now” and enter your Santa Barbara County billing ZIP code

» Step 3 — Enter your desired donation amount and use a credit card with a Santa Barbara County billing ZIP code for payment

» Step 4 — Email your receipt to [email protected] so your donation can be added to the count

During the triple match, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will be able to provide 240 meals for every $10 dollars donated, helping even more families and individuals in need.

Sept 13 Casino Nights

Join us for an fun-filled evening of Vegas-style entertainment, prizes, and music!
Professional casino dealers! Photo Booth! DJ! Karaoke! Raffle with thousands of dollars worth of prizes!!!

The first 100 people to buy their tickets online will be entered into a special raffle – the prize is worth $1,800. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning!

Buy your tickets and receive one additional raffle ticket!

Talkin’ Hunger: Back to School

How has your summer been?

I wish I could say that the summer was a quiet time for the Foodbank, where we were all sitting around drinking kale smoothies and brushing up on our knowledge of different varieties of beets. In reality, summer was an incredibly busy time for us, especially with our ‘Picnic in the Park’ program, which provided healthy lunches and physical activities to hungry children who get no free school lunches in the summer. This year the program served an incredible 38,000 meals countywide during the program at sites staffed by volunteers. Thank you so much for the heartfelt effort of those who supported this initiative with time and money.


As we reached the end of the summer, we have compiled our statistics for the number of people served in the last financial year (ending in June) by ourselves and our network of 330 wonderful local nonprofit agencies. We discovered that the number of unduplicated people served has gone up from 104,000 to 144,000. This shows that the challenge of an economic recovery is not really allowing people more money to spend on healthy food. We have no illusions that we have our work cut out for us.

Yet September and the ‘back to school’ season is a time of hope for the Foodbank, with the beginning of a new year of our national award-winning series of ‘Feed the Future’ educational food programs for kids – from preschool to high school.

Our approach is for people to learn from their peers in the community. The ‘experts’ can come in and tell you what you should cook and how you should do it, but far more useful are trusted and respected people from a neighborhood, a street near you, who want to do something to improve the nutritional health of those around them.

That’s where you come in. These programs are all taught by Foodbank supporters: college students, mothers and fathers, the underemployed, professional people giving a couple of hours a month, seniors sharing a lifetime of knowledge. We’re proud of these teachers and what they are doing to help build a new generation of healthy young people in our county.

I hope you’ll consider joining us in one of these educational opportunities. They are as nourishing for the teachers as for the students and great fun.

In the north, contact Darlene Chavez at 805-403-5354.
In the south, contact Melissa Howard at 805-403-2471.

Thanks for all that you are doing to ensure a healthy and hunger-free SB County

August 25 – Lompoc Town Hall

Please join us for a Lompoc Town Hall Meeting – Hunger In Our Community
New Life Christian Center, 816 North C St., Lompoc CA 93436

On Monday, August 25th , 2014 6:00 – 7:00pm

Lompoc City Council Member Ashley Costa will facilitate a panel conversation on hunger and health in Lompoc. Our host will be Pastor Doug. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Bonnie Campbell at (805) 967-5741 ext. 121

Click here for a PDF flier in English
Haga clic aquí para un volante PDF en Español

Miembro del Concilio de la Ciudad de Lompoc Srita. Ashley Costa

“Preguntas y Respuestas” Reunión informativa para la comunidad

El hambre en nuestra comunidad. El público es bienvenido. Haga oír su voz

lunes 25 de Agosto 6:00p-7:00p

New Life Christian 816 North C Street Lompoc, CA 93436

Para más información comuníquese con Amy Lopez (805) 967-5741 ext. 115

Final Lompoc Town Hall FlierFinal Lompoc Espanol Flier


Father/Daughter Pair Learn Valuable Lessons Outside Classroom


Family spends Friday afternoons serving the hungry at Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

POSTED: 12:26 PM PDT Aug 21, 2014 UPDATED: 06:17 AM PDT Aug 22, 2014 
SANTA BARBARA, CA- While many students took the summer break to vacation and enjoy the time off from studying, one local girl spent time learning about more than she ever could in a textbook through volunteer work.

Meet Brooklyn Ayala, a third grader at Roosevelt School.

When it comes to summer vacation, there are two things this 8-year-old said she loves doing.

“I like to play with my friends. [Go to the] Park,” she said.

But this summer was different for Brooklyn as she found a new favorite place to be Friday afternoons:  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“I went to Picnic in the Park,” Brooklyn said.  “And I served food to kids.”

Picnic in the Park is the food bank’s 10-week program providing nutritious free meals to needy children.

“Hunger exists in our county,” said Misha Karbelnig of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.  “It’s a really surprising amount of people that need food bank assistance.  It’s 1 in 4 all throughout our county that need help.”

That’s why Brooklyn’s father, Daniel, chose volunteering as a weekly part of their summer

“I wanted to teach my daughter virtues of charity, service and kindness,” Ayala said.

Ayala said it’s an important lesson that goes beyond the classroom doors, and one he hopes all parents will teach their kids.

“I think she’s gaining a greater appreciation for people in need,” Ayala said.  “And how she can be an instrument in helping those who are in need.”

Brooklyn said she will head back to school this fall with a whole different take on life.

“I want to help people and  the world can be a better place,” she said.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers for programs this fall.  If you’re interested, you can find more information on its website.

The BEET: Meet Rhianna King, RD

Meet Rhianna King, RD

Rianna KingRhianna King is a clinical registered dietitian at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and works with cancer patients at the Mission Hope Cancer Center to provide appropriate nutritional counseling, information and recommendations.  She currently serves as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Marian.  She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Sciences in Nutrition.  She completed her Dietetic Internship through Cal Poly as well.  She encourages patients and clients to focus on eating mostly plants to optimize their health and prevent/fight disease.  She embodies what it means to be a connected and caring nutrition professional and registered dietitian, whose focus is to provide evidence based nutrition information throughout Santa Maria.


“To me being healthy means feeling your best both physically and mentally to enjoy life to its fullest. This includes engaging in activities like healthy eating and regular physical activity that keeps your body functioning as it should.”


“Our health directly impacts our quality of life. Living healthy means a longer life, less time spent in the hospital, and less time spending money on medications and procedures that have the potential to be prevented through proper nutrition and physical activity.  Food fuels our body and has everything we need in it for optimal health. If you look at the composition of a tomato for example versus a human being you might be surprised at all the similarities; water, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. Our body is capable of so many amazing things and proper nutrition is the required fuel.”


“My motivation comes from my desire to have a positive impact in the lives of the people around me. I have knowledge in a particular field that can improve health, prevent and treat disease, and that knowledge needs to be shared. I want to help people take charge of their health and improve their lives.”


“I think food insecurity can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health. Inadequate nutrition can also cause social anxieties and behavioral changes all leading to poor quality of life.”


“Food First! I try to instill in everyone that consuming a variety of foods is the best way to achieve optimal nutrition, NOT through a pill. There is no “magic” single food or dietary supplement that creates the perfect diet. The FUNdamentals with Food class I started at the cancer center serves to be educational about healthy diet practices by exposing our patients to the variety of healthy foods we talk about through cooking demonstration and lecture.  I always comment that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or taste bad and its part of my job as nutrition professional and advocate to prove that to you.”


“Enjoy a diet that is 2/3 plant based and experience great health for yourself!”

For more information about the FUNdamentals of Food Class and other health and wellness classes run through the Mission Hope Cancer Center, please click here.

And check out Rhianna King’s Article The Red, White, and Blue of Summer Produce that shares the Nutrition Power of summer fruits and vegetables.

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





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