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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
updated: Mar 29, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity
through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its
award-winning programs and a network of over 330 member non-profit partners. 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.
Foodbank's Brown Bag Program Provides Nutritious Groceries and Staples for Seniors in Need
Statistics released by the Department of Social Services on their "Snapshot of Poverty in Santa Barbara
County" revealed that 1 in 14 seniors in Santa Barbara County live in poverty. The Foodbank of Santa
Barbara County's Brown Bag program is a resource for seniors in need throughout Santa Barbara County,
providing two bags of groceries each month, supplementing food budgets and helping seniors maintain a
healthy, independent lifestyle.
Volunteers at a Foodbank Brown Bag site help assemble grocery bags for seniors in need.
The average Brown Bag recipient is a 75-year-old woman living on less than $900 a month, who struggles
to pay for housing, healthcare, and basic needs. There are currently 15 Brown Bag distribution locations
throughout Santa Barbara Country to assist low-income seniors who qualify.
Inside each "Brown Bag" are nutritious staple foods including high-protein items, canned soups, pasta,
cereal, eggs, bread and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Location sites include: various sites in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria. To find out if you qualify or
how to apply, please call 805.967.5741x102.
The program's 100 plus volunteers, many of whom are Brown Bag recipients, are essential to the success of
the program. Volunteers help assemble bags of groceries for over 1,300 seniors countywide and make
home deliveries to approximately 400 seniors with health limitations who are unable to pick up their own
Also in the works are plans to expand Brown Bag to include cooking classes, information sessions on
nutrition, and gardening education for seniors.
For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org
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