Feeding Our Community: The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Adjusts to Meet Our COVID Needs

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At Covid-19 One-year Mark, Foodbank Deepens Commitment to End Hunger Amid Unprecedented Need

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Feeding Hungry People During a Rolling Crisis

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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Phone: (805) 357-5751
Chief Development Officer: Dan Thomas


The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition.

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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.

A Valiant Effort to End Food Insecurity

“Over the past couple decades we have witnessed the Foodbank increase the population it serves, expand its services, and develop programs to meet the issue of food insecurity in a holistic fashion. It has been particularly nimble in its response to the economic crisis the community faces right now.
In this city, in this country, in this age, it’s criminal that anyone would not have access to quality sustenance. We believe that those of us who can must step up and support the Foodbank in its valiant effort to end food insecurity. We believe in the hope the Foodbank provides.” 
– Fred and Sarah Kass, Fred and Sarah Kass met in Boston while Fred was in medical school and moved to Santa Barbara after his fellowship. Fred is a medical oncologist. Sarah is an OB Ultrasound tech.

One Dollar = 8 Meals

Faced with the COVID-19 crisis this year, the Foodbank leveled up its already impressive food sourcing to provide healthy groceries, fresh fruits, and vegetables to more than twice the number of residents they usually serve. The current economic crisis is forecast to deepen throughout 2021 as families face ongoing unemployment and underemployment, dig out from mountains of debt and try to avoid eviction and foreclosure. Now more than ever, donations are critical to ensure healthy food is available to everyone facing hunger here at home. The Foodbank turns $1 into 8 meals thanks to volume purchasing, relationships with farmers, retail and wholesale partnerships, and being the primary distributor of USDA foods in our county.

Board of Trustees

George L. Bean, Board Chair
Carol Olson, Vice Chair
Cindy Halstead, Treasurer
Erwin Villegas, Secretary
Frank Abatemarco
Peter N. Brown
Martha Gabbert
Scott Hansen
Tim Harrington
Jim Houck
Bruce Porter
Cynthia Schur
Ian Stewart
Betsey von Summer Moller
Barry Spector
Barbara Tzur