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Community Corner: Feeding America awards grants to the Food Bank

Santa Maria Sun

Published: October 1, 2014



Community Corner: Feeding America awards grants to the Food Bank


The national nonprofit Feeding America recently awarded three grants to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, representing funding from three national organizations: Costco, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Procter and Gamble.

The food bank is part of Feeding America’s nationwide network of 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States.

Costco provided a grant that will purchase nutritious food, such as chickens for Thanksgiving and fresh produce. Dunkin’ Donuts and Procter and Gamble grants support the Food Bank’s Healthy School Pantry program, a monthly health fair now held at 16 schools countywide that provides nutritious food, fresh produce, nutrition education, and food preparation demonstrations to children and families.

According to a press release from the Food Bank, “it is important that kids receive the nutrition they need to stay focused,” and “programs like the Healthy School Pantry help achieve this goal by providing all participants with a bag of fresh produce and food staples.”

The Food Bank is encouraging the community to join them in taking action to end hunger. Each donation furthers the Food Bank’s goal of transforming the health of working families, children, and seniors in Santa Barbara County. For more information or to make a donation, visit foodbanksbc.org.

October 11 Celebration of Harvest

groupwinetastingThe Celebration of Harvest Weekend, held over Columbus Day Weekend, is Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association’s annual celebration of the year’s bounty. They have generously selected the Foodbank as the nonprofit beneficiary of their silent auction proceeds. We are grateful for their support!

Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00-4:00PM at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners, library tastings, new wine releases, and barrel tastings. Want to visit the tasting rooms on an all-inclusive tasting pass?  Don’t forget your Vintners Visa for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve tasting rooms.

Click here to buy tickets and be sure to bid on silent auction items, all proceeds go to the Foodbank. Thanks!

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!

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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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Nov 3 – Dec 31 Corporate Challenge

“The competitive spirit surrounding the Food & Funds Drive Challenge from all three companies was truly inspiring. By participating in this challenge, we were able to raise more than if we just did our regular food drive. We are so proud to be in a community that yearns to make a direct impact. I highly recommend other local companies participate this year.”
- Michelle Apodaca, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Winner of the 2011 Food & Funds Drive 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?

This year’s goals:

  • Raise $50,000
  • Collect 3,000 Turkeys or Chickens for families in need
  • Give 300 hours of volunteer time
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How it works:

Participate by competing against another organization to collect the most points for food, funds and volunteer hours. More details.

A point system is designed with an employee ratio to ensure that organizations of all sizes can compete equally:

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

Points are then divided by the number of participants at the donating organization to create an employee to point ratio. Volunteer activities can be done as a group of up to 10 people.

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

There are many ways to participate:

  • Fundraise: There are lots of fun ways to get employees giving. We suggest: auctioning off a CEO, holding bake sales, virtual drives, making a donation instead of buying birthday cakes or holiday gifts.
  • Employees who join the Harvest of the Month Club (sign up to donate monthly) are awarded twice the dollar amount of their monthly contribution.
  • Volunteer: repackaging, collecting turkeys and donations at our warehouses, providing other assistance at our warehouses, collecting food donations at grocery stores, picking fruit and vegetables through backyard bounty, and so much more.
  • Cause Related Marketing: Our partnership with Santa Barbara Gift Baskets on the Foodbank basket ensures $25 of each basket goes directly to the Foodbank over the holidays while boosting our local economy, too. Every basket purchased by a Corporate Challenge participant (employee or business) will be credited a $50 donation towards the challenge.

2013 Corporate Challengers

Our goal in 2013 was to collect 3,000 turkeys or chickens, accrue 300 volunteer hours and raise $42,000.

2013 Corporate Challengers

  • Brown and Brown Insurance
  • Cox Media
  • Citrix
  • Deckers
  • Ergomotion
  • Fidelity National Title
  • Network Hardware Resale
  • Village Properties
  • Yardi

2013 Totals

Company Pounds Collected Funds Raised Points / Employee
Brown and Brown Insurance 4,097 $1,637 687
Citrix 764 $1,768 41
Cox Media $1,800 41
Deckers 940 $2,590 87
Ergomotion 23 $2,990 604
Fidelity National Title 210 $570 215
Network Hardware Resale $2,200 76
Village Properties 96 $3,199 158
Yardi $680 16

In 2012, Network Hardware Resale won the challenge. They were harvested tangerines twice, picking over 19,000 pounds for the Foodbank to secure the win.

Collectively all participants helped bring in 24,499 pounds of food and 44 turkeys, provided 264 hours of service and raised $42,033.38. A truly amazing gift to our network of 330 nonprofits and programs this holiday season.

7-Eleven Helps Santa Barbara Food Bank



7-Eleven Helps Santa Barbara County Food Bank
Customer donations at the counter put food on local tables
John Palminteri, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Senior Reporter
POSTED: 08:32 PM PDT Sep 26, 2014 
7-Eleven Helps Santa Barbara County Food Bank
Santa Barbara area 7-Eleven stores have united to raise money for the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County.

In the last month, coin boxes at the counter were set up and customers were encouraged to put their extra change inside.
The donations, while seemingly small at the time, have added up to a big contribution.
7-Eleven says the cash will pay for over $15,000. worth of food when purchased by the Food Bank through its suppliers.
That will help thousands of families locally.


Sept 13 Casino Nights

Join us for an fun-filled evening of Vegas-style entertainment, prizes, and music!
Professional casino dealers! Photo Booth! DJ! Karaoke! Raffle with thousands of dollars worth of prizes!!!

The first 100 people to buy their tickets online will be entered into a special raffle – the prize is worth $1,800. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning!

Buy your tickets and receive one additional raffle ticket!