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  • CAC Opens The First Restaurant Café In The County that Gives Profits to Feeding Low-Income Seniors

    CAC Opens The First Restaurant Café In The County that Gives All Net Profits to Program Feeding Low-Income Seniors in Santa Barbara County

    Social Enterprise Program Initiated to Create Sustainability and Fulfill Critical Need for Providing Nutritionally Balanced Meals to the Fastest Growing Population in California: Seniors

    GRAND OPENING – THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    315 Camino Del Remedio, Bldg. 4

    GOLETA, CA – August 2, 2019 - Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) announces the opening of The Art of Giving Back Café and Catering Company, the county’s first café and catering social enterprise business. All net profits are contributed to feed low-income seniors. Numerous dignitaries are attending, including Supervisor Steve Lavagnino and CenCal Health CEO, Bob Freeman, who together will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The cafe also caters breakfasts, boardroom lunches, and other meetings for both small and large groups of 250 people and more. They have recently provided catering services for Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s B2B Breakfast, The Santa Barbara Foundation, The Towbes Group, and Montecito Bank & Trust.

    Every day hundreds of seniors gather at 13 community meal centers from Guadalupe to Carpinteria, where they are welcomed by Healthy Table site hosts. In addition to the nutritious meals, seniors also benefit from socializing and sharing activities with other senior companions, an important part of their quality of life. For seniors who find it difficult or impossible to travel away from their homes, CAC’s Healthy at Home program delivers daily, nutritious meals to nearly 500 homebound seniors. This service allows seniors to live independently so they are less likely to need to choose between buying medications, paying bills or eating. For many seniors, their delivery driver might be their only visitor of the day. Seven nutritionally balanced meals are provided to each low-income senior Monday through Friday, with two frozen meals provided on Fridays for the weekend.

    According to Linda Rosso, CAC’s Development Director, seniors have shared that “at the end of the month, after rent and medications are paid for, there are very few dollars left for basic necessities, such as food. The CAC lunch is the one necessity they can count on, to carry them through the end of the month”.

    Healthy Meals Senior Nutrition Program in Santa Barbara County is operated by Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC), Senior Nutrition services – including the Healthy Table and the Healthy at Home programs – has been operated by Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County since 1974. In partnership with the County of Santa Barbara, CAC operates the café at the County offices to provide convenient breakfast and lunch options for county employees in the area. The program is funded by private donors, local companies and foundations, fundraisers, and in part, by the Area Agency for Aging but also supported through local fundraising efforts such as the annual recent Champions Dinner Fundraiser for Senior Nutrition, which raised nearly $365,000 this year. CENCAL Health donated $100,000 and an additional $100,000 matching grant opportunity, which was met and surpassed. Additional funding is required to create sustainability, and the café and catering opportunities will ensure the future of the program. https://www.cencalhealth.org

    For Healthy Table community meal center locations and senior meal menus visit cacsb.org/seniormeals. To learn more about CAC Nutrition Services, call: 1-805-964-8857, #1101.

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