Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

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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. 

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jqb Feb 05, 2020 01:54 AM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

"more government handouts" ... "Welcome to politically correct way of saying “welfare.” " -- The cat is out of the bag. Statements like this in response to voluntary private contributions to a food bank show that it's never been about taxes or the size of government, it's about mean-spirited people despising the poor and downtrodden ... when they aren't despising women, brown and black people, LGBTQ, etc. These are the people who make up the audience of that despicable wretch who received a Medal of Freedom at the SOTU.

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 08:52 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Why is it specified that donated peanut butter be "low-sugar?" Why not also say that donated soup be low-sodium; canned meat be low- or nonfat, etc.? Or is the goal to have the crappiest-tasting food, so the recipients will think twice before getting handouts again?

Seabird Feb 04, 2020 08:00 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

I don't understand - if people want to donate food, how on earth does that make your life worse? Why does that threaten your sensibilities? To act like it somehow makes your life worse... I find this very odd.

a-1594605130 Feb 05, 2020 02:13 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Rice, beans, eggs and potatoes in fact are quite healthy, sustaining and cheap. Excellent ways to stretch a food dollar and prevent "food insecurity".

jqb Feb 05, 2020 01:39 AM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Generational bigotry is just as bad as other kinds. I'm a boomer but unlike that other person I'm not an ignorant illiterate sociopath.

Get over it Feb 04, 2020 08:41 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

So our family has had times where we only ate beans, rice, eggs, and potatoes. Not super healthy, but what we could afford and it was fine. We probably could have gotten food stamps or whatever, but I want to provide for my family, as it is. Why is Comunity helping each other bad? I am a 3rd gen sb'r and work my ass off, donate 1000's of hours to our schools, coaching youth sports. And I own my own small business here. Just because you may be well off and happen to live here, doesn't mean others don't need some help on occasion. It doesn't hurt or cost you anything..

Seabird Feb 04, 2020 07:59 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

"We?" No one is asking you to donate food to the Food Bank, Coastwatch. I would, on the other hand, request you go back to school to learn proper spelling and punctuation. It's very difficult to take you Boomers seriously when you write like a tween.

LCP112233 Feb 05, 2020 11:24 AM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Same century as you. I know for a fact that people do it. I also donate to the food bank and our local homeless shelter as many people are in need. Doesn't take away from any of the FACTS of the matter. You can be as ignorant as you want, it still is a truth.

Get over it Feb 04, 2020 08:28 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Really, whoever? If your willing to go get a can of beans or some potatoes to feed your kids, your not spending your money on addiction, you're trying to keep your kids alive. BoomThat's coming from an almost boomer.

midair Feb 04, 2020 07:36 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

The people who "choose" to live in this area as you describe are the people who cut your lawn, pick up your trash, serve you in restaurants, pick the food that's available to you in the grocery store. If they didn't "choose" to live here you wouldn't enjoy the lifestyle that you do Einstein.

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 02:07 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

LCP112233 - so you're saying these people take donated cans of beans and heads of cabbage and trade them for pints of booze? What century do you think it is?

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 01:54 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

1:48 - first tell me why this affects you? Why do you care? No one is asking ANYTHING of you. Also, there are thousands of people in our community who are living paycheck to paycheck - they lose a job, they need help. You can't have a city with out working poor. Keep dreaming....

pstarSR Feb 04, 2020 09:33 AM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

so this "drive thru" is ok santa barbara/ edhat? come on where are the complaints and misplaced anger.........cant get out of your car to donate.... sheesh

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 08:54 AM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Everyone has the duty to first provide for their own food and shelter. Not sure where this term "food insecurity" crept into the picture. But it has zero appeal. Sounds like a bad case of mission creep.

Zenyatta19 Feb 04, 2020 11:19 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

BYZANTIUM- What impact could community members donating food to anyone, have on your life? Don’t like it don’t do it. It’s pretty simple. Maybe a day will come when you need help. I bet you call yourself a Christian too...

Get over it Feb 04, 2020 08:20 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Seriously? Not government, community! Stuff happens and sometimes working families could use help for a bit to get through. I have been there and was too proud to seek it out. I applaud our neighbors for helping out their neighbors!

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 01:46 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

BYZANTIUM - why do you care? What does this cost you? NOTHING. Try reading the actual article before spouting your hateful ignorance. This is not "government handouts," it is community donations. The hate for people in need here is absolutely disgusting.

Byzantium Feb 04, 2020 01:36 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Help me understand why "families" chose to live in an expensive area where they claim they cannot even feed themselves or their children. Children get two free meals at schools year round and we have over 50 years of War on Poverty welfare benefits that include full access to free food. Who is now this sudden population that claims to have "food insecurity" since hunger itsel has been well covered for years. Why did you claim "famiiles" were hungry when we have so many options already in place for "families". Thanks for clarlfying this new mission creep to broaden qualifications for more government handouts.

a-1594605130 Feb 04, 2020 12:41 PM
Fill the Foodbank! Drive-thru Food Drive

Welcome to politically correct way of saying “welfare.” Add to that the fact that everyone is in denial re: idling engines being a verifiably nasty source of pollution. Just park and walk your donation over to the site. Pity the volunteers breathing in idling vehicle exhaust.

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