The Foodbank Holiday Haulers Are Back!

Local businesses join together to make a difference for those in need this holiday season

Conceived and organized by Lisa Cullen of Montecito Landscape The Foodbank Holiday Haulers are a group of business owners who donate their time, trucks and manpower to transport food for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara this Holiday Season.

Foodbank Holiday Haulers: (Back row) Chris Cullen (Montecito Landscape), Doug Grant (Doug Grant Construction), Leana Finley & Lisa Cullen (Montecito Landscape), Tony Warrecker (Vista Tree), Bob Kingston (All Around Landscape Supply); (Front row) Diego Perez, Sean Dolan & Tom Dolan (Emilio's Restaurante), Derrick Yee (Abe Wholesale Nursery).

“Before last year’s Holiday Food Drive, I asked the Foodbank what help was needed” Lisa explained. “They told me that during the Food Drive organizations and individuals donate food, but the Foodbank doesn’t have the resources to go pick it up. I thought ‘We’re in the landscaping business, we have trucks and men, we could help.’ I called my vendors to see who else might want to participate, and The Holiday Haulers was born! When the Foodbank called to see if we’d help them again this year, I didn’t hesitate.”

“I can’t thank my fellow Holiday Haulers enough,” said Lisa. “They take time out of a busy day and make these pick-ups happen. All of us have been in business in Santa Barbara County for a long time and know the importance of giving back. The Foodbank distributes food to over 220 local non-profits. It’s a natural fit for us.”

“We transported more than 10,000 pounds of food during last year’s food drive and this year I want to set a new record” said Cullen.

To have a Holiday Hauler pick up your food donation this holiday season, please contact Diane Hadighi at the Foodbank 967.5741 x112 or call Lisa Cullen of Montecito Landscape at 969-3984.

This year’s Foodbank Holiday Haulers: Chris and Lisa Cullen and Leana Finley-Montecito Landscape; Bob Kingston-All Around Landscape Supply; Derrick Yee- Abe Wholesale Nursery; Tom Dolan – Emilio’s Restaurant; Ken Olsen- McCormix; Ken Hall-Goleta Building Materials; Doug Grant – Doug Grant Construction; Jimmie Theten – Mission Masonry; Duke McPherson – McPherson Consulting Arborist; Tony Warrecker – Vista Tree; Kathy Hughes – Prudential Realty.


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