Foodbank and its 300 nonprofit partners are able to turn $1 into eight healthy meals, says Erik Talkin, the CEO for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. With an operating budget of $4 million cash and $10 million of in-kind food donations, the group needs to raise $888,282 to reach its goal for next year’s programs. Foodbank’s good nutrition and food literacy programs have eliminated hunger and food insecurity for a countless number of people throughout the county.
The programs operated by Foodbank serve roughly one in four people in the county, and more than one-third of them are children. Others include 23,918 seniors, who critically need the vitamins and nutrients in fresh foods to maintain weight and bone health, and also students and families. To donate, please go to foodbanksbc.org.