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Nick Ramirez is a chef at Loquita, an acclaimed Spanish style tapas restaurant in Santa Barbara.  The restaurant made USA Today’s top new restaurant list when it opened three years ago.  Like many restaurants on the Central and South Coasts, coronavirus led to its shutdown.

A foodbank serving the Central and South Coasts is using technology to make it easier for people in need to find out where they can get free food close to them.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has launched a text program to link people to its SAFE food program locations.  There are 54 location in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Food Bank new outreach effort involves pre-made meals delivered directly to children's recreation areas.

Julia Lara with the Food Bank says that some of the children were afraid of immigration issues, and were not participating, so now the Food Bank is preparing meals and reaching children at the places where they play.

Thousands of people had been displaced over the course of numerous recent disasters in the region.

Taking that into consideration, officials say that a possible future long-term emergency could challenge the area food supply.

More than a hundred people have been waiting in 100 degree heat in Simi Valley for the opening of a once a month farmers market. There are a lot of farmers markets on the central and South Coasts, but this one is pretty unique. Robbie Hidalgo, with the non-profit group “Simi At The Garden,” says what makes it special is everything is free, with a goal of helping people in need.

John Robb and his wife, Shannon, are bringing a shopping cart full of food, and personal hygiene items to a home in Thousand Oaks. They don’t live here. In fact, no one lives here.

This house on the 2000 block of Crescent Way is home to Manna, a food bank which help thousands of people in need a year in the Conejo Valley. The four decade old non-profit helps some 18,000 people a year through this tiny house.