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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 26, 2015

Help Us Find 100 Trees and 100 Volunteers

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Hosts Backyard Bounty Week October 17-24 to Find 100 New Trees to Harvest by 100 Newly Registered Volunteers

Santa Barbara, CA, October 15, 2015 — Foodbank of Santa Barbara County hosts a week dedicated to the Backyard Bounty Program to celebrate Santa Barbara’s fresh, locally grown food, stock the Foodbank with nutritious produce, and encourage the community to fight hunger through harvesting local produce.

The week’s events run October 17-24, 2015 and include harvesting, donating and registering 100 new volunteers and 100 new trees to harvest.

“During the late fall and winter the Foodbank has less access to fresh produce to keep our warehouses stocked,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “Luckily Santa Barbara County’s fruit season peaks when we need it most. Join us in celebrating this beautiful time of year and help make sure that everybody in our community has access to fresh local produce.”

Santa Barbara is well known for its agricultural abundance; in fact, 4.85 millions pounds of fresh produce is distributed each year by the Foodbank. Yet, millions of pounds of food go un-harvested in fields and neighborhoods across our region. Backyard Bounty is dedication to changing that with gleaning — an opportunity for communities to come together and help fight hunger right in their own backyards, while connecting with their neighbors, reducing food waste and creating a healthier community.


Backyard Bounty Week Activities include:

October 21 - Backyard Bounty Hunter Info Session
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Warehouse, 490 West Foster Road, Santa Maria
If you live northern Santa Barbara County here’s your chance to keep food from going to waste and increase access to fresh local produce!

October 22 - Food Day Fair
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Back Door Deli, 315 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara
Join us to learn more about how to donate or volunteer with Backyard Bounty.

October 24 - Fresh Food Drive
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Santa Barbara Farmers Market
Celebrate Glean805, the first joint effort between five organizations across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, and learn how gleaning can help keep good food from going to waste and ensure that everybody in our communities has access to fresh, local produce.

November 4 – Backyard Bounty Hunter Training
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Warehouse, 4554 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
Here’s your chance to keep food from going to waste and increase access to fresh local produce! Tour the Foodbank’s warehouse and check out the Backyard Bounty Harvest System.

For a full list of Backyard Bounty activities, visit: http://backyardbounty.org/events.php

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 300 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 146,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 35% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food — half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

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For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

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