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Mar 2-31 Food Fight Challenge

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WHAT IS IT?
The FOOD FIGHT is FUN way for local business partners of all sizes to step up and ensure low-income children get nutritious lunches this summer. It’s a friendly competition for teams to raise the most funds, food, and volunteer hours. Everyone wins when we fight hunger and end summer hunger.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?
All activities (funds raised, pounds of food and hours of volunteer service) are awarded points. The points are tallied based on a points-to-employees system which levels the playing field among businesses.
Whether you have 5 employees or 500, your efforts will be treated equally. Points are divided by the number of employees at your location to create an employee-to-point ratio. *Points System included.

WHY JOIN?

  • Inspire and excite your employees and colleagues to make a difference
  • Be part of an effort to improve the health of our community
  • Help ensure that children have nutritious meals this summer
  • Get great press visibility and share your contribution on social media
  • Wear your organization-logo attire when volunteering

FOOD FIGHT GOAL TO END SUMMER HUNGER
Our goal this year is to collect 100 volunteer hours, 10,000 pounds of food, and $10,000. If your organization anticipates raising $5,000, you will be included in our first press release. Sign up by Feb 20th to be included.

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GET STARTED TODAY

  • Sign-up and create your own unique fundraising page on the Foodbank website. It’s easy! *Instructions included.
  • Challenge another department, organization, or competitor
  • Get the Challenge on video, post to your unique campaign page, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, website, and share with everyone
  • We’ll post updates on the Foodbank website and Facebook page (Foodbank SB)

WHAT SUPPLIES DO YOU NEED?
Collection Canisters: Participants may pick up boxes, collection barrels, and cash boxes at the Foodbank during the month of February. Sign up for your own unique online fundraising campaign through the Foodbank website.

Location:
Foodbank Facility 490 W. Foster Road Santa Maria, CA — 2nd Driveway
M-F, 7 am – 3 pm

DOWNLOAD POSTER 

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Feb Sign up for the Challenge and Pick up supplies at the Foodbank Facility
  • Feb 20 Deadline to sign up with $5,000 pledge and get in on press release
  • Feb 28 Deadline to sign up for the FOOD FIGHT
  • Mar 2-6 Kick-off Week, Press Release issued
  • Mar 2–31 Opportunities to volunteer *See Volunteer Opportunities calendar
  • Mar 31 Food Fight Ends
  • Apr 10 Celebration Food Fight event and Winner Announced!

Point System

Activity Points Description
Fundraise  $1 = 10 pts
  • Every dollar donated buys 8 meals
  • There are many fun ways to get employees giving. We suggest: auctioning off lunch with the CEO or special privileges (VIP parking space or casual dress days), jean days, bake sales, and making a donation instead of buying birthday cakes or gifts
  • Employees who join our monthly giving “Harvest of the Month Club”gain twice the points/dollar during the Challenge
  • Employee gifts matched by the company
Volunteer  1 hour = 10 pts
  • Repackage bulk food at the Foodbank
  • Sort donated food and produce
    Collect food and funds at local grocery stores
  • Hold thank-a-thons by calling donors at Foodbank offices.
Donate Food  1 lb = 1pt
  • The Foodbank relies on donations of produce and shelf-stable foods year-round. Find out more about what we need here.
  • Have fun with a cool and unique competition to create sculptures out of shelf-stable foods the donate the food.

 

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Food Justice at the Forefront

By Shelly Leachman and Alec Rosenberg,
UC Santa Barbara and UC Newsroom
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Web

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/food-justice-forefront

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Shouldn’t food be a right, not a privilege? And what is the difference between being fed and being nourished?

With a central theme of food justice, such subjects were explored during the three-day, inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit held Jan. 16-18 at UC Santa Barbara. Founded by a multicampus team of University of California staff and students, the first-of-its-kind conference is part of the ongoing UC Global Food Initiative.

The gathering convened some 150 students, staff and faculty from UC, California State University and community college campuses, and community and food agency leaders at large, to dissect and discuss the environmental, social and economic pressures that create barriers to food access, security and justice.

“All too often, the struggle students face in accessing affordable, nutritious food is marginalized,” said Katie Freeze, student chair of UCSB’s Associated Students Food Bank, which helped organize the conference. “Bringing these issues to light will enable the UC community to better address student hunger.”

And beyond.

In a wide-ranging and rousing talk addressing the “complexity and significance of food justice,” keynote speaker Nikki Silvestri said, “When we talk about justice, we are actually talking about everyone, from beginning to end.

“Locate yourself in the fight for food justice,” urged Silvestri, a noted thought leader in creating social equity and former executive director of People’s Grocery in Oakland. “Who are you? Who are your people and what is your fight? And allow yourself to be surprised by the answer.”

Silvestri’s keynote talk and a panel discussion at the summit were part of UC’s Food Equity Lecture Series, sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative.

Increasing food security

For Colin King, a fifth-year student at UC San Diego, the fight centers on food access for college students who are struggling with hunger. Working with his campus’s Associated Students staff, King is part of the team launching UCSD’s first food pantry.

“Nourishment costs more than simply feeding yourself,” said King, who got involved after witnessing a friend fall on hard times. “He was sleeping in his car and couldn’t afford food. Seeing what he went through is what inspired me initially. Coming to this conference has been so valuable for gaining a better understanding of food insecurity UC-wide, and for the tangible things we’ve learned to take home with us, to make our own pantry and food insecurity initiatives the best that they can be.”

A similar hope coursed through the conference on behalf of the broader UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI), which is designed to coordinate resources systemwide to help ensure adequate nutrition — starting with access to food — for all. Unveiled by UC President Janet Napolitano in July, the UCGFI is working to harness the UC’s collective excellence in research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the U.S. and the world — for food security, health and sustainability.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm and extremely bright people who want to see changes that will improve people’s health on our campuses, in our community and beyond,” said Joanna Ory, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz and among the recently selected UCGFI fellows in attendance at the summit. “It’s a really important issue and great to see so many people who care.”

Making a difference

More than two dozen workshops held over the course of the conference tackled subjects from culinary medicine to new models for student dining, the health implications of food insecurity and the role of higher ed in the greater food system. There also were presentations on the “Swipes for the Homeless” program that UCSB and UCLA have adapted to aid food-insecure students, how to build partnerships between university campuses and local farms, and the transformational potential of campus gardens. UCGFI projects include efforts to assess food security for UC students in order to better design programs and outreach efforts focused on addressing these issues.

“Hunger is a prominent thing on college campuses,” said panelist and UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin of UC Berkeley, who co-leads a UCGFI working group on food pantries and food security. “Ideally, we want to eradicate hunger, but we’re not there yet. These conversations are important.”

Fortino Morales helped bring a community garden to UC Riverside while a student there. Now he staffs it as UC Riverside community garden coordinator.

The food summit “opens your mind about what’s going on other campuses and what’s possible,” Morales said. “It’s exciting that food access and equity are at the center of this conference. There is a lot of interest in food justice.”

Spreading nourishment

At UC Davis, students learn to grow produce sustainably at the student farm and sell it for use in campus dining halls or through subscription market baskets in the community. A new program collects some of what’s left — surplus, blemished or odd-shaped produce — and makes it available at the student-run food pantry.

“It’s all local. It’s all organic. The students love it. The feedback is terrific,” said Misbah Husain, UC Davis food pantry director of internal operations.

UCGFI fellow Alyssa Billys, of UC Santa Cruz, is working to help coordinate the amount of produce from the student farm that is sold to campus dining.

“We have the farm right here,” Billys said of her campus. “Why can’t we access that (produce)? Having good brought to you by students, for students, is really empowering.”

Empowerment was the prevailing spirit of the first-ever summit.

“We define food justice as communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, grown locally, with care for the land, for people and for animals,” said panelist D’Artagnan Scorza, founder and executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute in Inglewood. The UCLA alum and former UC student regent added, “One way we work to empower our community members is first by listening. It’s important for us not to speak for people, but to ensure they can speak for themselves.”

Mar 25 – Lompoc Empty Bowls

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The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce

Lompoc Empty Bowls on
Wednesday March 25th
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dick Dewees Community and Senior Center
Check out the Facebook Event Page

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For a donation (ticket price: $25), attendees select a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose: to help feed hungry people wholesome and hearty food in our community.

There will also be a raffle extravaganza with many fantastic items!

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact
Development Manager Judith Monte 805-937-3422 x106 with questions.

Tickets available from:  

  • Stillman Capital Group (1201 East Ocean Ave #K)
  • Chamber of Commerce (111 South I Street)
  • Sue’s Place (101 North H Street)
  • Rabobank (828 North H Street)
  • Walnut Pier Health Club (803 East Walnut Avenue)
  • The Bookstore (1137 North H Street Suite Q)

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Santa Barbara County Foodbank’s Growing Clientele

Santa Maria Times
December 16, 2014
Web

http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/santa-barbara-county-foodbank-uncovers-information-about-growing-clientele/article_eb97aad9-4e1a-5477-bc53-6c3a804851cd.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Santa Barbara County Foodbank uncovers information about growing clientele

Many working families made tough choices in Santa Barbara County to make ends meet and ensure there was food on the table over the past year, according to the Hunger in America 2014 study released by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Feeding America.

Of the 140,575 residents served by the foodbank, more than 70 percent of households reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or transportation in the past 12 months. The same struggle was seen in 60 percent of client households that had to choose between food and medicine or medical care during the same period.

“In Santa Barbara County, faces of food insecurity and hunger may not stand out from the crowd, but the poverty of working families, and the day-to-day trade-offs that the study brought to light are alarming,” said foodbank CEO Erik Talkin. “It’s hard to imagine facing the choice between your family going hungry or being able to pay for the transportation you need to get to your job, or the housing you need to shelter your family.”

These struggles have led more than 70 percent of households served by the foodbank to adopt three or more strategies to stretch their food budgets.

These game plans could involve eating food past its expiration date, buying cheap and unhealthy food in lieu of healthier options, growing food in gardens or selling personal items to pay for groceries. Families may also dilute foods and drinks to make them last longer.

 “The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities,” said Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken, whose organization is the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency. One of those findings was that 35 percent of clients had not signed up for SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. In Santa Barbara County, those benefits fall under CalFresh, and county staff pointed to a number of reasons why people do not apply for benefits for which they may be qualified. They may worry about their immigration status, assume it would be difficult to apply or stay enrolled in programs and assume they are not eligible, according to Dennis Tivey in the county social service department.

“The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities,” said Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken, whose organization is the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency. One of those findings was that 35 percent of clients had not signed up for SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. In Santa Barbara County, those benefits fall under CalFresh, and county staff pointed to a number of reasons why people do not apply for benefits for which they may be qualified. They may worry about their immigration status, assume it would be difficult to apply or stay enrolled in programs and assume they are not eligible, according to Dennis Tivey in the county social service department.

Hunger is an especially timely topic in Santa Barbara County where about a quarter of the population sought out food assistance in 2013. Of those clients, 49,729 were children and 21,750 were 60 years or older.

“The number of people being served continues to grow,” said Judy Monte, development manager at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “So, we know that we need to help not just give a man a fish, so to speak, but teach him to fish.”

Food insecurity has stressed many areas of families’ lives over the past year, with 52 percent of client households having had to choose between buying food and paying rent or the mortgage at least once along with other struggles.

With this information and the other data available in the 2014 report, the foodbank plans to strengthen its community impact efforts, which focus on the affect the foodbank is having and can have on hunger in communities around the county. It also plans to develop its Food Action Plan, which will lead to a more sustainable food system in the future.

“Foodbanks used to talk in pounds of food, and some still do,” said Bonnie Campbell, foodbank director of community impact. “We don’t use that language anymore. We talk about meals, how we can get them out there and how we can shorten the line.”

Santa Barbara County Foodbank’s Growing Clientele

Lompoc Record
December 16, 2014
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http://lompocrecord.com/santamaria/news/local/santa-barbara-county-foodbank-uncovers-information-about-growing-clientele/article_38bd83d7-dbae-5064-954c-56c569c54470.html

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Santa Barbara County Foodbank uncovers information about growing clientele

Many working families made tough choices in Santa Barbara County to make ends meet and ensure there was food on the table over the past year, according to the Hunger in America 2014 study released by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Feeding America.

Of the 140,575 residents served by the foodbank, more than 70 percent of households reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or transportation in the past 12 months. The same struggle was seen in 60 percent of client households that had to choose between food and medicine or medical care during the same period.

“In Santa Barbara County, faces of food insecurity and hunger may not stand out from the crowd, but the poverty of working families, and the day-to-day trade-offs that the study brought to light are alarming,” said foodbank CEO Erik Talkin. “It’s hard to imagine facing the choice between your family going hungry or being able to pay for the transportation you need to get to your job, or the housing you need to shelter your family.”

These struggles have led more than 70 percent of households served by the foodbank to adopt three or more strategies to stretch their food budgets.

 These game plans could involve eating food past its expiration date, buying cheap and unhealthy food in lieu of healthier options, growing food in gardens or selling personal items to pay for groceries. Families may also dilute foods and drinks to make them last longer.

“The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities,” said Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken, whose organization is the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency. One of those findings was that 35 percent of clients had not signed up for SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. In Santa Barbara County, those benefits fall under CalFresh, and county staff pointed to a number of reasons why people do not apply for benefits for which they may be qualified. They may worry about their immigration status, assume it would be difficult to apply or stay enrolled in programs and assume they are not eligible, according to Dennis Tivey in the county social service department.

Hunger is an especially timely topic in Santa Barbara County where about a quarter of the population sought out food assistance in 2013. Of those clients, 49,729 were children and 21,750 were 60 years or older.

“The number of people being served continues to grow,” said Judy Monte, development manager at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “So, we know that we need to help not just give a man a fish, so to speak, but teach him to fish.”

Food insecurity has stressed many areas of families’ lives over the past year, with 52 percent of client households having had to choose between buying food and paying rent or the mortgage at least once along with other struggles.

With this information and the other data available in the 2014 report, the foodbank plans to strengthen its community impact efforts, which focus on the affect the foodbank is having and can have on hunger in communities around the county. It also plans to develop its Food Action Plan, which will lead to a more sustainable food system in the future.

“Foodbanks used to talk in pounds of food, and some still do,” said Bonnie Campbell, foodbank director of community impact. “We don’t use that language anymore. We talk about meals, how we can get them out there and how we can shorten the line.”

Dec 13 – The Old Town Orcutt Parade

Our friends at the Orcutt LC Community Foundation, Inc. have chosen the Foodbank as nonprofit beneficiary of the parade on December 13, 2014.

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For over half a century, the Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade has demonstrated the very best of small town spirit and community involvement – it is truly an old-fashioned community event and continues to remain deeply rooted in tradition. Participants represent local groups, organizations and businesses; you’ll see small floats and marching bands, kids on tricycles and ladies on Vespas. Best of all, Santa always makes his appearance!

Begun and managed by the Orcutt Volunteer Fire Department until it was disbanded/absorbed into the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. in 2008, the Parade is now managed by the volunteers of the Orcutt LC Community Foundation, Inc. The Foundation has partnered with the International Association of Lions Clubs through the participation of the local Orcutt Lions Club, who meet at the “Lions Den” at 126 S. Broadway, located between the Union 76 Station and “Jack’s” Restaurant. The Lions of District 4-A3, stretching from Ventura county through San Luis Obispo county, are represented by the Old Town Parade.

The Parade starts promptly at noon on the second Saturday in December (rain or shine!), beginning on South Broadway before turning east onto Clark Avenue, and continuing all the way to Twitchell Street. Parade viewers quickly fill both sides of these streets so be sure to grab a spot early!

Parade visitors are encouraged to support the Foodbank by bringing non-perishable items to donate along the parade route!

Face of Hunger in SBC Revealed in New Feeding America Report

Noozhawk
December 12, 2014
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http://www.noozhawk.com/article/face_of_hunger_in_santa_barbara_county_revealed_in_feeding_america_report

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Face of Hunger in Santa Barbara County Revealed in New Feeding America Report

Published on 12.12.2014 8:08 a.m.

Over 70 percent of local households seeking food assistance from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s network have to choose between paying for food and other necessities such as utilities and transportation, according to the Hunger in America 2014 report for Santa Barbara County.

Working families countywide are making other tough trade-offs between food and housing, medicines and education opportunities. The recent study was conducted by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. The study supports and confirms statistics collected by the Foodbank on the number of people served and amount of food distributed by the organization. The Feeding America data provides an understanding of the economic circumstances and the factors that those relying on Foodbank encounter.

Nationally, Hunger in America 2014 found that more than 46 million people turn to agencies and programs of the Feeding America network of food banks every year. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has had over a decade of partnership as a member of the Feeding America network.

The study documents household demographics and offers a snapshot of the people served by the Foodbank — their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. It is also the first nationally-representative study that assesses the prevalence of past and current members of the U.S. military and adult students receiving charitable food assistance.

“In Santa Barbara County, the faces of food insecurity and hunger may not stand out from the crowd, but the poverty of working families, and the day to day trade-offs that the study brought to light are alarming,” said Erik Talkin, Foodbank’s CEO. “It’s hard to imagine facing the choice between your family going hungry or being able to pay for the transportation you need to get to your job, or the housing you need to shelter your family. No one in our community should have to face even small everyday trade-offs, like our neighbors who must feed expired or watered down food to their families or else go hungry. As we approach the holidays, these are shocking findings but ones that strengthen our resolve to help our neighbors move from hunger to health which improves our community in far-reaching ways.”

“The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “This data provides a factual basis for decisions about how we as a nation approach hunger relief and protect our most vulnerable citizens.”

Key statistics from the report include:

Widespread Use of Food Assistance

» The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County last year, served 140,575 people — over 25 percent of the local population, including 49,729 children (0-17 years old) and 21,750 seniors (60 years or older).

» A full 35 percent of Foodbank participants are children under age 18.

» Among all clients, 3 percent are black/African American, 65 percent percent are Latino and 38 percent are white.

» 17 percent of households include someone who is a veteran or who has ever served in the military, and 39 percent of those households include someone who is currently serving in the military.

» The Foodbank distributed 9.3 million pounds of food (over 50 percent was fresh produce), through its nine direct-to-client programs for children, families and seniors at 100 sites countywide, and through its network of over 330 member nonprofit partners.

» 80 percent of Foodbank’s nonprofit partners rely on Foodbank for food and other services (e.g. capacity building, CalFresh/SNAP training).

» Last year, 600 volunteers contributed over 20,146 hours of their valuable time and service to make Foodbank’s services possible.

Making Tough Choices and Trade-Offs to Keep Food on the Table

Following are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:

» An estimated 71 percent of households reported using three or more coping strategies for getting enough food in the past 12 months.

» These trade-offs included: eating food past its expiration date, purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options, growing food in a garden, pawning or selling personal property, and watering down food or drinks.

» 70 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities.

» 74 percent report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.

» 52 percent of households chose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage at least once in the past 12 months.

» An estimated 38 percent of client households currently receive SNAP benefits, while an estimated 35 percent of client households neither currently receive SNAP nor have ever applied for SNAP benefits.

Clients Struggling with Health Issues

» 60 percent of households reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months.

» 21 percent of households include a member with diabetes.

» 49 percent of households have a member with high blood pressure.

Low Wages, Underemployment and Unemployment Driving Need

» 64 percent of client households have annual incomes under $10,000

» An estimated 55 percent of households have a household member who had worked for pay in the past year.

» In 65 percent of client households the most-employed person from the past 12 months is currently out of work.

» An estimated 87 percent of households reside in non-temporary housing, such as a house or an apartment. An estimated 20 percent of respondents have experienced a foreclosure or eviction in the past five years.

» 4,425, or 3 percent of families are homeless.

Hunger in America 2014 was conducted using rigorous academic research standards and was peer reviewed by a technical advisory team including researchers from American University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Urban Institute. Nationally, confidential responses were collected on electronic tablets by 6,000 trained data collectors, majority of whom were volunteers. The study was funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

A summary of the findings is available by clicking here. The full national report is available on Feeding America’s website atHunger in America 2014 by clicking here.