• Foodbank of Santa Barbara County: Help the Foodbank Help our Community!

    As the Covid-19 situation unfolds – with school closures, government-recommended self-quarantines and business disruptions that leave workers without paychecks – the need for food is greater than ever.

    The Foodbank is ready with a new Disaster Feeding Plan developed over the past year. We collaborated with disaster and emergency response agencies in the government, health care, education and nonprofit sectors. The plan makes it possible to feed everyone in the county during a disaster. But we need your help.  

    Seniors and families are top priority. 

    To minimize exposure to coronavirus for those over age 65, who have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection, we’re increasing home deliveries to low-income seniors who participate in Foodbank’s Brown Bag program.

    As schools close, it is unclear if and how 42,000 students who rely on free or reduced-price meals will receive them. The Foodbank is planning to fill any gaps with healthy food for families to prepare at home. This will help minimize risk of community transmission. 

    New emergency distribution sites will be announced later today or tomorrow.

    Safety Measures: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has in place measures to minimize risk, including new training for volunteers, ample hand sanitizer and disposable protective gloves for volunteers and food recipients to wear at food distributions.

    You can help! Volunteers and donations will make these expansions possible. To volunteer, click the button below and create an account based on your location to receive emails about relevant volunteer opportunities. 

    Read more about our work here.

    We’ll keep you up-to-date as our plans unfold.