Launched in 1999
Started in 1999, with a small grant from UPS and a donated ‘retired’ beverage truck, the Foodbank made its first Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) delivery to a small parking lot in Santa Barbara; offering 800 pounds of food to 20 families. In those days emergency food consisted of a loaf of bread, a bag of beans and a large chunk of cheese.
Today, the Foodbank has 8 monthly Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites, with more planned in the future, targeting underserved neighborhoods and rural corners of the county. Two or three times every week, in church parking lots, community centers and convenient neighborhood locations, you can find our Mobile Food Pantry set-up supplying nutritious and fresh food directly to those who need it.
These “pantries on wheels” play a fundamental role in feeding hungry people. Every month, individuals and families living in Tanglewood, New Cuyuma, Guadalupe, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Sisquoc have access to emergency food services which may not be available to them through traditional food distributions sources.
Not only do Mobile Food Pantries offer accessible opportunities, but the Foodbank has made a commitment to providing the most nutritional food available. Each Mobile Food Pantry delivers 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of food including; rice, beans, canned goods, bread, protein items, and plenty of fresh produce to the most rural neighborhoods in our county.
Who is Served
Anyone in need of food is welcome to receive food at our Mobile Food Pantry distributions. We strive to serve neighborhoods where few existing food distributions are located.
The Mobile Food Program Provides over 31,000 lbs of fresh produce a month to 8 underserved areas of the County.
The Mobile Farmers Market increases client access to fresh and healthy foods, and the nutrition education to go along with it, directly impacting over 4,500 clients each year.
8 monthly Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites and growing, including;
- Santa Barbara Parks & Rec Department
- St. Joseph’s Church
- Pacific Southern Baptist Church
- Housing Authority
- Catholic Charities
Opportunities to Get Involved
- Volunteer at your local Mobile Food Pantry and assist in distributing food and nutrition education
- Use your knowledge of Nutrition to assist our Program Management team with building the program, expanding nutrition education resources, and developing healthy eating materials
- Donate to the Mobile Food Pantry Program to provide for additional assistance to clients in underserved areas