June – August 23, 2015
Triathlon & Fundraising Team
…Feeding Santa Barbara County
Three years ago, Jacob Mansbach volunteered at the Foodbank and saw an opportunity to make a difference. Combining his love for triathlons with his desire to help kids in his community, Jacob has inspired all ages to donate, volunteer and get fit. Last summer, Jacob, now 11 years old, invited an entire team of kids to join him in completing the Santa Barbara Triathlon. The team (comprised of third to seventh graders from the Santa Barbara and Goleta School Districts) dedicated their summer break to volunteering for the Foodbank, raising money and awareness, and learning all about the sport of triathlon. Together, they raised over $20,000 to provide nutrition and education to kids and families in our community through the Foodbank. The team’s work also led $10,000 worth of milk coupons for the Foodbank network from Feeding America.
In 2014, Jacob was selected by Disney to be featured in their online series “Disney Citizen Kid” focusing on ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. His Citizen Kid video focuses on his ability to get kids and families involved through activities like Saturday Family Day, a Foodbank volunteer program. On the second Saturday of every month (9:30 – 11 am) , the community is invited to come visit the facilities, tour, and take part in a volunteer project.
We are beyond grateful to Jacob and his supportive family Jen, Mike and Joe for their steadfast commitment to bringing the community together!
Will you JOIN JACOB this summer? For information about Join Jacob, the triathlon team, and Saturday Family Day volunteer sessions, contact Jen Mansbach.
A special thank you to Joe Coito, Race Director of Santa Barbara Triathlon, Inc., for supporting Join Jacob.