foodbank of santa barbara county

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.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Alan Hancock College have teamed up to provide emergency food supplies for northern Santa Barbara County residents. Starting Thursday, the college will be the site of drive through food pickups.

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. 

A food bank serving Santa Barbara County will open some new food distribution sites, to try to fill the gap created by the temporary closure of a longtime non-profit agency. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is trying to fill the void created by the shutdown of Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe.

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.

The one year anniversary of the deadly 1/9 debris flow in Montecito was not only a chance to remember those who lost their lives, and were injured. It helped focus new attention on the issue of preparedness. In the wake of the Thomas Fire, and Montecito debris flow, a non-profit agency which normally focuses on feeding the hungry in Santa Barbara County is making available disaster preparedness food kits.