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Foodbank Seeks Harvest Sites and Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day, October 25

Foodbank Seeks Harvest Sites and Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day, October 25th

Local harvesting event to help people in need; produce donations from backyards of all sizes also welcome

South Santa Barbara County, Calif., October 6, 2014 – Foodbank of Santa Barbara County seeks produce donors and volunteers for the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, October 25th. Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in South Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce.

Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce on beautiful ranches, historic estates, and backyards in our region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county.

“We are so lucky in Santa Barbara County to have such a wide variety of fresh produce growing nearly year-round,” said Niles Brinton, Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty Coordinator. “Our mission is to make sure that none of this produce goes to waste; to provide it to those who need it most.”

Since the Backyard Bounty program began in 2007, volunteers have harvested more than 500,000 pounds of fresh local produce for area residents in need. All together, the Foodbank provides over 330 member non-profit partners with food support – half of which is fresh produce – annually feeding over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40% are children.

The program’s donors are happy to know that their excess produce will not be entering the waste stream or rotting on the ground, but instead be going to a good cause. Over 25% of our local landfill is food, while 1 in 5 children in Santa Barbara County are food insecure.

Backyard Bounty donations range from a single tree to large orchards, with South County donors stretching from the Goleta Valley to the hills of Montecito and Carpinteria.

“Without good people who share their overabundance of fruits and vegetables and the volunteers who dedicate their time, this program would not be possible,” said Brinton.

How to Participate in the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on October 25th:​

· Provide a harvest site: visit backyardbounty.org and register trees or crops. Registrants will then be contacted directly to arrange for a harvest. All donations are tax-deductable, and protected under the Good Samaritan Act.

· Volunteer: visit backyardbounty.org to sign up for upcoming harvests, including Backyard Bounty Day.

· Drop off produce: visit Foodbank’s Santa Barbara Warehouse, located at 4554 Hollister Avenue from 10am-2pm.

For questions, contact Niles Brinton at backyardbounty@foodbanksbc.org or (805) 403-8327.

About Foodbank 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 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 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 9.3 million meals - half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

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