The Santa Barbara Community is Like Peanut Butter — and Unity Shoppe — the Jelly!
With school back in session, it’s an exciting time of the year for many children, but, sadly, there are thousands of low-income families living in our midst who face a shortage of food at home. The pandemic has made it incredibly challenging for many needy residents to feed their families, but supporting Unity Shoppe can help dramatically. Here’s how.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Low income families spend 60% of their income on rent, which means they don’t have as much to spend for food and other essentials!
- Kids who face food insecurity every day find school 100% more difficult — persistent hunger interferes with their ability to focus and learn!
Unity Shoppe’s food shelves are nearly empty.
Peanut butter, whole grain cereals and other nutritious foods must be replenished in order to give kids and their families the foods they need and love to eat!
What’s more, throughout the month of September, a generous matching gift from our 90-year old friend, Theodore Sampson, will multiply donations from the Community.
Monetary donations can be made by mail to 1209 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; or online at www.unityshoppe.org/ways-to-give/ and clicking on the BACK TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE donate button.
Executive Director: Angela Miller-Bevan
Unity Shoppe is dedicated to providing residents impacted by temporary conditions of poverty, natural disaster or health crisis with resources, including groceries, clothing, and other essentials, that reinforce human dignity and encourage self-sufficiency and independence.
Begin to Build a Relationship
We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.
I Never Thought This Would Happen to Me
I was first introduced to Unity Shoppe when my son was volunteering for community service hours. We volunteered and worked side-by-side and saw first-hand the clients shopping with dignity by choosing items that they needed and then we watched as it appeared that they checked out at the register just like they would do in any other store but at Unity Shoppe, no payment changes hands. One of my favorite programs is Unity’s Seniors Helping Seniors Center. This program provides basic need requests from hospitals, senior centers, and other organizations helping seniors who are homebound or disabled. It’s no wonder why I love Unity’s slogan: DIGNITY. RESPECT. CHOICE.
Taking the Legacy Countywide
Unity Shoppe is counting on the durable success of its annual telethon to continue investing in its programs and services. This includes JobSmart, which supplies low-income people with work clothes, and the Senior Resource Center, in which long-time senior volunteers knit, sew, quilt, paint, woodwork, and assemble clothes and toys to the delight and comfort of Santa Barbara’s vulnerable residents. In 2023, Unity Shoppe also plans to begin serving families in north Santa Barbara County. It’s a move inspired in part by Brad Paisley, who was so taken by Unity Shoppe that he brought the concept to his adopted home in Nashville. “Until now, people from north county have had to travel down to get our services,” says Executive Director Angela Miller-Bevan. “In 2023, we will go to them.”
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