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.

 

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