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John Herzog trains youth triathletes raising money for Foodbank

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June 13, 2014 by Christina Markos 0 Comments

john-and-jake2_triathleteVolunteer of the Month John Herzog with Kids4Foodbank team-founder Jacob Mansbach.
Thanks to volunteer coach John Herzog, the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team will be well-prepared for this summer’s Santa Barbara Triathlon.

The youth triathlon team is getting training tips from the Ironman athlete to help with their effort of raising money for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Herzog, a member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club,   fully supports the team’s efforts. He is someone who truly believes and knows from his experience that people really can accomplish any goal they set for themselves. He believes that the minute one decides to replace the “I can’t” with “I can”, it truly changes one’s life and can become a catalyst on the path to empowerment, realizing one’s true capabilities and finding their inner drive and confidence.

Herzog initially became involved in triathlons when he was working at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club as Director of Sales. Being a sponsor of the Santa Barbara Triathlon, the club received five free entries, and Herzog was challenged to compete.

There was only one problem — he didn’t know how to swim one length in a pool without having to rest. He decided to replace “I can’t” with “I can”.

While running track in high school, Herzog was a sprinter and never thought he could be an endurance athlete. But he began to take swim lessons at the athletic club, he borrowed a bike from a friend and tackled the challenges that had always prevented him from endurance athletics. He had bad lower leg pain and decided to discuss it with a trainer at the club. The trainer made one minor tweak and it changed everything. He was able to continue training and completed the race. After completing the race, Herzog was fired up and hooked.

“What an amazing experience, so many new things opened up for me,” he remembers.

Herzog immediately signed up and began training for the next local race, the Carpinteria Triathlon. He then went on to complete several Olympic distance races and three half-Ironman races before deciding to compete in first Ironman. His first Ironman was in Tempe, Arizona and he did so well he decided to do another Ironman in Canada.

Some of his favorite parts of training were: honoring his commitment to his word, the transformative nature of the sport, and the number of beautiful sunrises he witnessed on those days that he started his bike rides and runs in the dark hours of the morning.

“When training and waking up so early, you are tired. Your body is tired, and the drive is intermittent and fluctuates. Nine times out of ten, it comes down to the commitment to honor your word. When you commit to something it is a sacred moment. You don’t know how you are going to get there and transform along the way.” He relates, “They say a rising tide raises all boats. One great thing about the structure and the integrity of training, is how it affects the other areas of your life. It’s amazing what happens when you ‘just do it’.”

With his background and training knowledge, he is very excited and honored to be the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coach. Herzog was competing in the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint event in 2011 when he met Jacob for the first time. Jacob and his father, Mike Mansbach were participating in the parent-child event of the Santa Barbara Triathlon. Herzog, who worked with the elder Mansbach, overheard Jacob and his dad chatting about Jacob wanting to finish the triathlon and then play in the sand. He was struck by Jacob’s energy and spirit. Jacob has gone on to compete in 10 triathlons to date and in many of them, Herzog has been there to cheer Jacob on after finishing his own event.

In 2012, the Santa Barbara Triathlon partnered with the Foodbank as a fundraising beneficiary. Jacob and his family had volunteered at the Foodbank warehouse and Jacob began to understand the impact he could make by giving to people in his community. Jacob raised over $4,600 for the Foodbank that first year, and last year he and a friend raised almost $13,000. Jacob has created a team of kids this year with the shared goals of completing the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course and raising $25,000 to support the Foodbank in providing nourishment and nutrition education resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners.

When Herzog found out Jacob’s next endeavor was to raise money for charity while encouraging others to get involved in triathlons he wasn’t surprised, “Being for other people, not just yourself, is a key value in the Mansbach family.”

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Triathlete and team founder Jacob Mansbach.

This year, with the help of Herzog, the team will grow and inspire other families to get involved.

“John is an awesome person,” said Jacob. “He is fun and inspiring and knows everything about this sport!”

Herzog will be mentoring the kids on all things Triathlon: Equipment, Health & Nutrition, Preparation, Training and Guidance.

“The goal is to have people prepared and confident. Some people love to run, some love to bike, some love to swim, not everyone feels confident doing all three, and everyone has a different end goal,” Herzog explains. “We will talk about transitions, from swim-to-bike, bike-to-run, the finish line photo moment, and the larger perspective of really taking it all in, being present in the moments that matter.”

This is a great experience for kids, they get to set a goal, challenge themselves, learn to train,  all while promoting and fundraising for a wonderful cause. Herzog recounts, “Whatever you choose to put into practice, having your work win over your circumstances, the more confident and empowered you begin to feel.”

The Ironman slogan rings true, “Anything is possible.”

 Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team

This month Presidio Sports is honoring John Herzog
and his work with Jacob Mansbach and the Kids4Foodbank
Triathlon Team here in Santa Barbara. The Kids4Foodbank
Triathlon Team is looking for kids ages 7-18 to join the
team that will be competing the 2014 Santa Barbara
Triathlon sprint course. They will race to raise funds
to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
Herzog will be the team’s training coach.

Feeling inspired to join the team?

What you will need:

-Running shoes, bike, wetsuit (optional but a good idea)
-Positive energy to set and achieve your goal!
-They are more than happy to help you find gear to use.
-Contact Jennifer Mansbach at [email protected]


Foodbank of Santa Barbara County kicks off nutritional program



The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County kicked off one of its nutritional programs Thursday that’s aimed at kids.

 It’s called Picnic in the Park.

About 300 kids enjoyed a healthy lunch Thursday at GroganPark in Santa Maria.

The program provides nutritious lunches and physical activities throughout summer when kids are out of school.

“Picnic in the park is one example of how we are working with the community to make sure that children are not hungry and families are being served,” says Bonnie Campbell with the Foodbank.

The Foodbank expects to provide 38,000 meals to 2,000 kids this summer.

County Foodbank serves up summer meals




Kids enjoy a free lunch at Grogan Park in Santa Maria during the kickoff event for the Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park Summer Food Program. The North County program aims to fill the gap after subsidized school meal programs end in the summer.

 June 12, 2014 12:12 pm   Erin Lennon [email protected]

Grogan Park was busy with twirling hula-hoops, bouncing kids racing in burlap sacks and, mostly, healthy eating on Thursday afternoon when the  Foodbank of Santa Barbara County kicked off its Picnic in the Park summer program with a free, nutritious lunch for local youth.

Over the past five years, the food bank has stepped in after the school year has ended to serve up a hearty lunch throughout the summer. This year, the number of kids stopping by for food and activities is expected to increase, with the food bank’s director of community impact, Bonnie Campbell, looking forward to serving nearly 38,000 lunches this summer to 2,000 kids.

“We want to make sure that these kids have something to eat every day this summer,” said Campbell, noting that the program served 33,000 lunches last summer.

The volunteer-run program will host local youth at 16 sites around the county this summer, dishing up lunch Monday through Friday afternoons. The foodbank has chosen parks, housing facilities and neighborhood centers within two miles of school sites where at least half of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. This roster of locations includes three new sites in Lompoc and two new sites at Santa-MariaBonitaSchool District summer program locations.

“The kids who receive food assistance through the school district throughout the year don’t have to miss a meal just because it’s summertime,” said Campbell. They also don’t have to miss a lesson. Campbell and the food bank also provide programming to teach participants about healthy lifestyles.

Diners can take part in activities at Picnic in the Park as well, from races and games to nutrition literacy programming, with Campbell sure to provide prizes to keep kids coming back. The program is open to all county children under 18 years old, regardless of household income.

“The prizes make me want to come back to eat my lunch,” said a local student who is heading into fourth grade this fall. She and a number of other attendees at Thursday’s kickoff were not new to the program. Picnic in the Park is part of a decades-old national effort led by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which works to make nutritious meals accessible to low-income children when the school year ends.

“The food bank is aware of the meal gap for these kids and is stepping in to fill that,” said Campbell. Through nutritious meals and educational games, the food bank also hopes to help students steer clear of overly processed, sugary snacks when they’re hungry this summer.

Picnic in the Park locations include the Santa Maria Public Library at 420 S. Broadway, Veterans Memorial Park at 545 Pine St. and Fairlawn Elementary School at 120 Mary Drive.

Fork & Cork Classic Feeds Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Its Vital Programs


Inaugural benefit raises $50,000 while honoring local legends Michael Blackwell, Leslie Mead Renaud and Clarissa Nagy


From left, Fork & Cork Classic chairman Mickey Neal and Modern Master award winners Leslie Mead Renaud, director of winemaking at Foley Estates, Lincourt and Two Sisters; Clarissa Nagy, winemaker at Riverbench; and Michael Blackwell, executive chef at Montecito Country Club. (Melissa Walker / Noozhawk photo)

By Melissa Walker, Noozhawk iSociety Columnist | @NoozhawkSociety | Published on 06.07.2014 2:39 p.m.

The scenic Montecito Country Club was the host for a renamed annual event benefiting the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and, most important, those the organization serves.

Last year the event was called Taste the Nation, and Santa Barbara organizations were provided with a small amount of funding to help people in hunger.

Now, the rebranded event assists the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and local residents in much bigger ways.

“This year the event is called the Fork & Cork Classic and Santa Barbara County nonprofits are taking home 100 percent of the money raised here today,” Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin told Noozhawk.

The Fork & Cork Classic assisted Foodbank’s more than 300 local nonprofit partners and youth programs — among them Teens Love Cooking, which provides middle-school students with the opportunity to learn cooking skills, and an upcoming summer program, Picnic in the Park.

“It’s a program for kids who are 18 and under who would normally be getting some of their meals subsidized through the schools,” event chairman Mickey Neal said. “And since school’s out, this summer there’re many parks throughout the county that they can go out and get a meal.

“They are the future, and if they learn to start eating healthy early, it prevents a lot of problems.”

The philosophy of the Foodbank is to appreciate good food and good nutrition, “and we expect everyone in our county to be able to enjoy the exact same thing,” Talkin said.

More than half of the 10 million pounds of food that Foodbank distributes annually in the county is fresh produce. In all, 300 member agencies and the organization’s own programs served more than 102,000 unduplicated people in 2013 from Santa Maria to Carpinteria.

“The need is huge in our county,” Talkin said. “We’re serving one in four people in our county. That’s an amazing number of people.”

The inaugural Fork & Cork Classic raised $50,000. According to Neal, for each dollar the Foodbank gets, it can provide $17 worth of healthy nutritional food in the county.

“Santa BarbaraCounty is such an affluent area but there are a lot of people who are in need, and it’s great to be part of an organization that helps in the local community,” Neal said.

The Fork & Cork fundraiser also honored three local restaurant and winemaking luminaries with a Modern Master award for their community contributions, including Montecito Country Club chef Michael Blackwell; Leslie Mead Renaud, director of winemaking at Foley Estates; and Riverbench winemaker Clarissa Nagy.

Celebrating more than 30 years of service to the county, the Foodbank is also a five-time recipient of a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County not only provides food for the county, the organization also stresses educational growth for healthy living.

“They get the skills they need and the food literacy that helps them take that stuff and turn it into something that they want to eat,” Talkin said. “So you folks being here today are making that happen and I really, really acknowledge all of you.”



SB Foodbank Fork and Cork Classic

EdhatGourmet Tastes Savored at Inaugural Fundraiser

By Bonnie Carroll

The Inaugural Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic event at the Montecito Country Club attracted a bevy of outstanding community restaurant owners, caterers, vintners, brewers, and dessert makers who generously donated their time and gourmet bites and sips to support the Santa Barbara Country Food Bank.

Participating in the event were Arlington Tavern, Blush Restaurant, Blue Tavern, Ca’Dario, Finch & Fork at the Canary, Intermezzo, Julienne, The Lark, Montecito Country Club, The Secret Ingredient, Via Maestra 42, McConnell Ice Cream and more; wineries and other sips offered by Blair Fox, Buttonwood, Carr Winery, La Fenetre, Lincourt, Luna Olivo, Nagy Wines, Star Lane Wineries, Jaffurs, Foley Estate, Firestone Winery, Qupe, Riverbench Vineyard, Sans Liege Wines, William James Cellars, Zaca Mesa and Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, as well as Surf and Island Brewers.

Honorees for the event included Executive Chef Michael Blackwell of Montecito Country Club, Leslie Mead Renaud, Director of Winemaking at Foley Estate, Lincourt and Two Sisters; and Clarissa Nagy, Winemaker at Riverbench for their leadership in the local food and wine industries. Sponsors included First Click, Courtland-Dane, FastSpring, Village Properties and more.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of live entertainment and a one-of- a-kind silent auction that included amazing trips, hotel visits, wine and dinners at local restaurants and more. Drew Wakefield did an amazing job as master of ceremonies for the inaugural event.

The Food Bank of Santa Barbara is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. Their award-winning programs and network of over 300 member non- profit partners provide nourishment and education. In Santa Barbara County one in four people receive food support from the Food bank. Last year the Food bank distributed the food and resources for 8.5 million meals, and half of this was fresh produce. For information or to make a donation visit: www.foodbanksb.org.


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Young triathletes looking for peers to join team, support good cause



Monday, June 2, 2014 by PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, CA, May 30, 2014 – Attention all parents!  Kids4Foodbank is looking for energetic kids between the ages of 7 and 18 to join our 2014 Triathlon Team. The team goals are to complete the sprint course of the Santa Barbara Triathlon on Sunday, August 24 and to raise funds to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to continue providing nourishment and nutrition education and provide resources for a network of over 330 local non-profit partners. The deadline to register for the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team is Friday, June 6.

“As a member of the Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team, children will learn and grow in many ways,” said Jennifer Mansbach, Foodbank volunteer and Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator. “They will learn about the Foodbank and how it helps people and families, about how to volunteer their time to help others, about setting goals and working to meet them and about the power they possess to do something meaningful.”

The inspiration for the Kids4Foodbank team goes back to 2012 when then 8-year old Jacob Mansbach decided to try his first full triathlon, the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint course. Jacob linked his triathlon goal with a fundraising goal and he raised over $4,600 that summer for the Foodbank. Jacob’s triathlon fundraiser has grown each summer and this summer’s team will be a great experience for all involved.

“If you love swimming, biking and running and want to help the kids of Santa Barbara, come join me this summer and do something awesome,” said Jacob Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank founder.

Each team member will be asked to agree to a few simple commitments:

1.) Fundraise for the Foodbank
2) Train for the Triathlon at your own pace
3) Have fun together doing something truly amazing!

There will be two team meetings, one in June and one in August. Team members will benefit from the guidance of John Herzog, a Santa Barbara based Ironman Triathlete and member of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club, who has volunteered to mentor the kids on all things triathlon: equipment, health and nutrition, preparation and training guidance. “The triathlon community is an incredibly supportive one and I love to see kids finding the joy of the sport,” said Herzog. “Jacob is an inspiration to us all and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group.”

Interested families or sponsors may contact Jennifer Mansbach, Kids4Foodbank Triathlon Team Coordinator at [email protected]


More Than $20,000 Raised To Feed Local Families


First Fork And Cork Classic Success For Foodbank Of Santa Barbara County

Claire Anderson, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Weather Anchor/Reporter, [email protected]

F&C_KEYTMore than 600 community members wined and dined at the inaugural Santa Barbara Fork and Cork Classic at the Montecito Country Club on Sunday.


MONTECITO, Calif. – The community gathered and raised more than $20,000 this weekend for local nonprofits across Santa BarbaraCounty.

More than 600 community members wined and dined at the inaugural Santa Barbara Fork and Cork Classic at the Montecito Country Club on Sunday.

The event included over 30 wine and restaurant booths from the Santa Barbara area and all proceeds will benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

The Foodbank supports 300 local nonprofits and donations from the event are still rolling in.

For every dollar raised, the Foodbank can provide eight meals for families in need.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy.

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children.

Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.




Caring and Sharing – May 31, 2014


The Third Annual Block Party and Caring and Sharing Event Returns to the Calle Real Center in Goleta!


On May 31, 2014 from 12-3 in the afternoon the Calle Real Shopping Center,  will be transformed into a neighborhood Block Party and “non-profit” showcase.

Fun, Fun, Fun, is the order of the day with bounce houses, face painters, balloon animals, a wandering musician, Snow White princess, musical groups and more.  Kids can meet our first responders and see a county fire truck, AMR Ambulance and Sheriffs cruiser.  Participating restaurants will offer food samples.  Animal rescue and adoption groups will be ready to show off the cutest dogs and cats to potential new homes.  The Artisans Market will be in full swing with local artisans offering homemade goodies (including allergy free and gluten free items) and local produce along with beautiful handmade jewelry.

At the same time all that fun is going on, the merchants in the center will be sharing their storefronts with a wide variety of non-profits, allowing them a venue to show the public just what it is that makes these non-profit organizations so valuable to our community. Both the Goleta and Santa Barbara Chambers of Commerce will also have tables and will be supporting the event.

A big thanks to the media sponsors, Rincon Broadcasting – K~lite, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Sentinel, ParentClick and Santa Barbara Big City Buzz.  Support is also provided by Sidekick Creative, the UPS Store and FedEx Office and the many fine merchants of the CalleRealCenter.

Last year 50 Merchants participated and hundreds of parents and kids came by to enjoy the festivities, say hello to their favorite non-profit and learn more about our community and the people and groups that make it such a special place. Help to make this Third Annual Caring and Sharing event an even bigger success by coming out to the Calle Real Center between 12-3pm on Saturday May 31, 2014

Some of the non-profits already signed up to participate are: Unite-to-Light; American Heart AssociationDevereuxSB Genealogical SocietyGirls Inc.Sansum Diabetes Research InstituteTri County Arthritis FoundationBoys and Girls Club; Rental Housing Mediation Task ForceSanta Barbara YMCA; New Directions Travel; Rape Crisis Center; Parkinson’s Association; IV YMCA; Toastmasters International of Santa Barbara; Humane Society; Central Coast Type One Diabetes Foundation; sbSNAP; Down Syndrome Association; Friendship Center; Villa Majella; United Way; Isla Vista Youth Project; K-9 Pals, ASAP; St. Vincent’s; FoodBank of SB; St. Athanasius; County Air Pollution Control District; SEE International; Domestic Violence Solutions; Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara; Family Services Agency; SB Wildlife Care Network; Friends of Goleta Beach; Goleta Library; Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce; Goleta Valley Historical Society; Partners in Education; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; SBCC New Center for Lifelong Learning; Food From the Heart; Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics; Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy; Nourish the Children; Anger Management Systems; Alzheimers Association, Domestic Violence Solutions; Jodi House; Goleta Valley Community Center; Friends of the Library,  Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks also to Doug Giordani for who will be our wandering troubador and Amy Mah who will offer chair massages.

Presented by the Calle Real Merchant’s Association. For more information contact: Glenn Avolio, [email protected] 886-5438