We welcome food donations from all kinds of efforts, from canned food drives to our Backyard Bounty Program.

In addition to the thousands of pounds of food drive product received, over 500 food contributors donated to the Foodbank in 2013.


Supporting good nutrition through Foods 2 Encourage

At the Foodbank we are committed to ending hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition. Our Foods 2 Encourage initiative brings us one step closer to improving the quality of the foods available at the Foodbank. Together we can improve the health of Santa Barbara County.

The Foodbank distributes foods that encourage health. When donating food, please help provide these most needed items:

Whole Grains:

  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole grain cereals with less than 12g sugar per serving
  • Whole grain breads
  • Whole wheat or brown rice flourQuinoa, buckwheat, barley, or other whole grains
  • Cornmeal
  • Corn or whole wheat tortillas

Animal Proteins:

  • Canned, low-sodium soups, stews, chili
  • Canned tuna or salmon



Fruits and vegetables:

  • All fresh produce
  • Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice or water
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables

Vegetarian Proteins

  • Peanuts, almonds, or any dry roasted, no salt added nuts or nut butters
  • Dried lentils, beans or peas
  • Canned black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans
  • Low-sodium vegetarian chili
  • Sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds, tahini

Other Nutritious Items:

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Dried spices
  • Olive or organic canola oils

The following guidelines apply:

  • We cannot accept home canned products.
  • We cannot distribute cans without labels.
  • We cannot distribute opened products.
  • We do not accept candy and soda. The Foodbank is committed to distributing healthy, nutritious food.
  • Please donate retail sized items.
  • Foods must be in original packaging.
  • We cannot accept pet food.
  • Please do not donate products with expiration dates that have expired. The Foodbank has to check every item and then discard those that can not be distributed.

Download here: 2014 Foods2Encourage Poster



For more information, please contact us or fill out the contact form and we will get back to you within one business day!

Contributions are accepted at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Warehouse:

4554 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Mon – Fri 7 am – 3:30 pm

Santa Maria Warehouse:

490 W. Foster Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Mon – Fri 7 am – 3:30 pm

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(1 barrel holds 150 pounds of food - Only Corporate Challenge partners, grocery stores, and schools donating over 500 pounds will get barrels - everyone else will need to use food boxes or their own containers)

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(1 box holds 50 pounds of food)

Number of Cash Boxes Requested
(For every dollar donated, we can provide 8 healthy meals to those in need)

Will you be picking up your own food & funds drive supplies at our warehouse?
(South County Warehouse prefers the community to do pick-ups Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00pm)
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Will you need to schedule barrel or food drop-offs or pick-ups?
(We have to recruit volunteers to drop off barrels or pick-up food for you if you cannot do this yourself)
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