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

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 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 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



Foodbank Saturday Family Days



Every saturday from 9:30 a.m- 11:00 a.m come out and join the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, 4554 Hollister Ave. There are facility tours, volunteer projects, nutrition education, fitness activities, and more. This is part of Kids4Foodbank Club. Reservations are required, and it is FREE! What better way to spend a saturday! To reserve a spot, call 967-5741 or e-mail [email protected]


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

Join our Fork & Cork Classic Fundraising Committee

The Foodbank is forming a New Event Fundraiser called the Fork & Cork Classic, similar to Taste of the Nation, but this fundraiser will allocate all of the proceeds locally versus nationally. The event will be June 1st at the Montecito Country Club. We need to fill the following committee positions to have a successful event: Sponsorship Sales (local businesses), Solicit Donations for wine, beer, Vodka, water for the event; Pre-Event Ticket Sales; Advertising/Publicity/Marketing; Entice Restaurants to Participate; Run the Silent Auction/Game Section; Music/entertainment; Promotional Materials (posters); Operations (rentals: linens, ice, paper products, portable bath rooms, trash, etc.); Health and Alcohol Permits; Chef Contest Lead; Photographer and Valet Parking. Our next meeting about this event is Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30pm at our downtown office: 1525 State Street, Suite 100 (next to Cantwell?s Market). Please RSVP if you would like to attend to get more information. This event is added to our volunteer needs web page: Local restaurants, bakeries, and wineries will be offered a booth space to give tastings to our community and advertise their businesses. People in our community purchase tickets to attend the event and all of the proceeds go to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County ? everything stays local!) It?s a win/win for everyone. How You Can Help: ? Reserve a booth space for your business/employer to showcase your food/wine and get more customers!) ? Have your business/employer sponsor this event, donate a silent auction item, or make an in kind donation ? see the items we need below ? Join our committee ? select your area of expertise (below) and contact local businesses to ask for in kind donations for that profession ? Refer your friends to help us – forward this e-mail to everyone you know, post it on FaceBook/LinkedIn ? someone is bound to be a great fit if we can just get the word out to enough people. For more information on how you can help, please contact Melissa Howard: 805-967-5741 x 112 or [email protected]

The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County. In 2012, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County distributed more than 8.5 million meals from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. *

The Foodbank distributes food to over 300 social service programs and agencies, churches and community groups from Carpinteria to Santa Maria. During 2012, approximately 102,000 individuals were served by Foodbank member agencies, 44% of those served were under the age of 18.


Food Literacy Intern (Research)

Our ultimate goal is to solidify a modular ‘Food Literacy’ curriculum that can be used in a broad range of educational settings and with different types of people. This would be something that we utilize with train the trainer techniques through our member agencies with the goal that there are no ‘naked’ distributions, meaning food without the education and empowerment to improve their ability to use food to be healthy.
We are looking for people to help research and draw together research and materials in this area and to see what are the best ‘real world’ solutions.
Time Period: Option of one or two 3 month periods
Number of Hours per Week : 4-6 hrs