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As Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Santa Barbara County's Foodbank Expects Huge Demand

The Foodbank's Marketing Manager, Judith Smith-Meyer, oversees volunteers as they bag up tuna, canned soup, pasta, and other items as she gave reporters a tour of a warehouse full of produce.

The various produce items will be sent right out to those in need. 

Smith-Meyer says that those interested in volunteering for the Foodbank in this busy time can sign up at their website

She adds that if people have surplus fruits and vegetables at home, or are willing to contribute from a restaurant or hotel that is closing, the Foodbank will accept that produce as well.

"We're ready to bring in any kind of rescued produce or other groceries that are not getting sold in stores or farmer's markets, or just from grower to retail," Smith-Meyer said. "We are ready to accept that and keep it cool and fresh, and get it to people who are having a hard time making ends meet."

Leaving your home to go to a Foodbank distribution site is one of the essential activities allowed under the state's new Safer At Home order.

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