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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s CEO Erik Talkin Talks Thanksgiving

Erik with Daughter Mia

Erik with Daughter Mia

The BEET Question 1

“Prior to working at the Foodbank, I worked in Community Soup Kitchens for 6 years and my view of the holidays and my approach to it has never been the same.  We recognize that Thanksgiving is usually a day to get together, share with one another and make sure everyone has enough to eat.  But we should not stop on this day.  We should be figuring out how to make this possible the other 364 days of the year. We want to encourage the idea of Thanksgiving traditions, people getting together and cooking together as a family as a model for all the other days.  We often don’t think we have the time to cook together, but we actually do if we count it as the time we spend together and relate with each other as a family.  It should be continued regularly as something healthy to do together.”

The BEET Question 2

“I was brought up in England where they didn’t have Thanksgiving, but because my father was in the US Navy and we were Americans we would have Thanksgiving even though other people didn’t.  We would have a pretty standard Thanksgiving meal, we liked to make different types of stuffing, like a pretzel stuffing or a buckwheat stuffing…”

The BEET Question 3

“Yes I do, but actually this year is the first year that my family will be going to my oldest son’s house in Oakland and he’s going to cook the meal for us, rather than have the meal cooked for him. So were looking forward to that…It’s a whole new chapter…”

The BEET Question 4

“The most important thing we can do is to not focus on Thanksgiving as a special day.  Yes we want to make sure that everyone has a turkey and enough to eat on Thanksgiving, but the main thing that we need to take from this is, what happens let’s say in February? People are still going to be hungry in February.  What’s going to happen in the summer when the sun’s beating down in Santa Barbara and we think everything is wonderful? Families are still very food insecure then, so security is about being fed throughout the year, not having a feast and famine situation which only plays into ill health that is related to nutrition.”

the BEET Quetion 5

“I like stuffing, good stuffing, stuffing with buckwheat or with large Dutch pretzels…I’m definitely a stuffing guy!”

The BEET Question 6

“I’m thankful that we have such a great group of employees, volunteers, and supporters at the Foodbank who really do bring the Thanksgiving spirit the whole year round rather than the energy only being around the one time of year.  I’m very thankful for that.”

The BEET Question 7

“We want to encourage people to eat responsibly and to remember that once the New Year comes, people are still hungry and food insecure then, so it’s all about spreading the love throughout the year.  We’d also love people to inspire those in their family to be more involved with cooking and more involved with food as a way of strengthening the family and strengthening everyone’s health.”

Interview By Erin Hansen, RDN

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Thanksgiving Drive-Through Attracts Donors with Street Rods

Santa Maria Times

November 15, 2014

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Thanksgiving Drive-Thru attracts donors with street rods

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Bent Axels president Larry Eskew hands Santa Barbara County Foodbanks Community Leadership Coordinator Darlene Chavez a check for five hundred dollars Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.

The Bent Axles Car Club teamed up with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Friday to bring in donations at a Thanksgiving Drive-Thru event.

“We support the foodbank, you bet,” club President Larry Eskew said.

Darlene Chavez, the foodbank’s community leadership coordinator, hoped that the Bent Axles’ street rods would attract the attention of potential donors in the parking lot of the Albertsons on Broadway.

“We want to make this not just a drop-off but an event,” Chavez said.

The Drive-Thru is in its third year, and Eskew said the club’s members have helped every year.

The event also included a free hot dog for donors, as well as music from 99.1 KXFM.

Eskew, who drove his beige 1933 Ford Tudor to the event, said he expected 20 to 25 of the club’s members to bring their cars out.

“We try to support the community however we can,” he said. “This is one of the ways.”

The foodbank’s goal for this year’s Thanksgiving Drive is to collect 4,500 turkeys or chickens by Nov. 22. Last year, 3,500 were donated.

The foodbank also hopes to raise $160,000 in cash donations, $15,000 of which will be matched by Wells Fargo.

Chavez hoped that 300 turkeys or chickens would be donated during the Drive-Thru on Friday. She said 150 to 200 birds have been donated in previous years.

“I donate every year,” Bill McKindley said after dropping a frozen turkey in a cooler.

Cash and nonperishable foods were also accepted at the Drive-Thru.

Eskew said that Bent Axles also made a $500 donation to the drive.

Chavez said that the location makes it easier than dropping of a donation at the foodbank’s facility.

“One of the big reasons that we do this is it’s next to a grocery store,” she said. “It’s just really convenient.”

Donors who missed the Drive-Thru can still donate to the Thanksgiving drive by dropping off contributions at the foodbank’s Santa Maria facility at 490 W. Foster Road from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours will be extended to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Foodbank staff will also accept donations Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit foodbanksbc.org or call 967-5741.

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Bob Viadella donates a turkey to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.

Nov 3-Dec 31 Corporate Challenge

Every year local business partners of all sizes step up and take the Corporate Challenge
over the holidays, which pumps up employees and garners attention from the community
at large. Those that take on the added responsibility of the Corporate Challenge join a VIP club of pioneering leaders. Will your organization be one of those leaders? Click here to learn more about the Challenge.

For our 2014 Challengers

  • Donate in November for 2x the points through the Wells Fargo Thanksgiving match. Remember employer matches double your points, too.
  • Backyard Bounty Picks – sign up your group here (groups of all sizes)
  • Sort Food Drive food at the Santa Barbara Warehouse – every Wednesday and Friday 1-3 pm (4554 Hollister Ave.) contact Misha to sign-up your group (up to 12 people)
  • Host a food drive with barrels, boxes, coin boxes, and posters – stop by the Santa Barbara warehouse for your supplies any Wednesday or Friday 1-3 pm
  • Get fit with the free Charity Miles app and generate more points (4 mi walk/run = $1)
  • Post our Foods2Encourage Poster to give employees food drive collection ideas

Points:

1 pound of food
1 hour of volunteer service
$1
Turkey
$1 new monthly giver
5 points
10 points
10 points
10 points
20 points

Points are divided by the number of participants at the donating organization to create an employee to point ratio.

2014 Scoreboard

Company Pounds Collected Hours Volunteered Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance $ 947  175
Citrix  485  4 $  5
Cox  127  34 $  9
Curvature $ 450  17
Deckers  5,961  132 $ 5,400  189
Village Properties  298 $ 150  15
Yardi $ 777  14

2013 Totals

Company Pounds Collected Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance  2,128 $3,416 841
Citrix  5,754 $2,818 108
Cox  6,251 $2,468 442
Deckers  1,998 $19,956 587
Ergomotion  23 $3,090 624
Fidelity National Title  210 $693 253
Curvature  2,280 $2,209 119
Village Properties  418 $6,493 333
Yardi  3,401 $6,166 176

Our goal in 2013 was 3,000 turkeys or chickens, 300 volunteer hours and $42,000 raised. Our challengers blew those goals out of the water. The nine competitors, Brown & Brown Insurance, Citrix, Cox, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Ergomotion, Fidelity National Title, Network Hardware Resale, Village Properties and Yardi Systems were able to collectively bring in 22,463 pounds of food, 266 turkeys, 442.5 hours of service and $47,309.44 in donations, an increase from last year by over $5,700!

In 2012, Curvature (previously Network Hardware Resale) won the challenge. They harvested tangerines twice, picking over 19,000 pounds for the Foodbank to secure the win. Collectively all participants delivered 24,499 pounds of food and 44 turkeys, provided 264 hours of service and raised $42,033.38. What an amazing gift to our network of 300 nonprofits and programs during the holiday season!

Contact Development Manager Misha Karbelnig [email protected] or (805) 967-5741 ext. 119 to sign up.

Nov 3-22 Thanksgiving Drive

Make the Holidays Bright for our Neighbors in Need

During our Thanksgiving Drive, please donate turkeys and chickens as well as other Foods 2 Encourage (list below). Our goal is to collect 4,500 birds and raise $160,000 — $15,000 of which will be generously matched by Wells Fargo. Click here to Donate today

 

Get Involved

Nov 22 – Participate in the Girl Scouts Food Drive and the Letter Carriers Food Drive
Hold a Food & Funds Drive – Sign up here at the bottom of the page
Oct 13 – Dec 12 - KSBY Season of Hope
Dec 13 - 9:30–11am Saturday Family Days at the Santa Barbara Warehouse
**Warehouses will be open for drop-off donations during all above events**

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

 

 

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

Give A Meal Triple Match

Bank of America Give A Meal Match Starts September 8th

This month we’re asking donors to give through the Bank of America Give A Meal Match for a TRIPLE match. For every $10 donated, Bank of America will make another $20 donation to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to the Bank of America Give A Meal Match page to donate. Maximum contribution is $1,000 per individual.
  2. Designate the gift to “Your Local Food Bank” using a credit card with a Santa Barbara County zip code.
  3. Email your receipt to us so we can add your donation to our count on this page.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in donations to result in $75,000 for the Foodbank. Thank you for your support during Hunger Action Month!

Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas

 

Please share these fliers to spread the word: Flyer – Give a Meal (2014) Flyer – Give a Meal Half Page (2014)

And use these images on social media to share it with all your friends!

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