Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive
Source: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is asking the community to donate non-perishable food items to provide healthy groceries to neighbors facing food insecurity this winter.
Fill the Foodbank! on Saturday, February 8 is the second Drive-thru Food Drive. This time, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BOTH Foodbank warehouses, community members may drop-off non-perishable food items. The Foodbank’s Santa Maria warehouse is located at 490 West Foster Road and the Santa Barbara warehouse is at 4554 Hollister.
Most needed items include low-sugar peanut (or other nut) butters, canned protein such as tuna or chicken, beans, rice, whole grain cereals, pasta and canned tomatoes or sauce.
The Foodbank’s goal is to collect enough food to fill one large truck, or 40,000 pounds of healthy groceries. In true drive-thru fashion, those donating food need never get out of their cars; Foodbank volunteers will unload donated items and contributors will be on their way! It’s an easy way to drop off groceries on the way to or from work, Saturday errands, exercise or recreation.
“We were so delighted by the community’s response to our first Fill the Foodbank! last November and would like to invite them to once again ‘drive-thru’ and drop off donations. This is a simple way to get involved in alleviating food insecurity in our county and to ensure that we have the food we need to support our community partners and clients through the first several months of the year.”
About Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
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 a network of more than 300 distribution programs operated by the Foodbank, its network of partner agencies, and volunteers. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 190,000 unduplicated people of whom 40% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food–nearly half of which was fresh produce. The Foodbank’s innovative disaster preparedness initiatives are building a resilient Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.