Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin pens new book “Hunger into Health”

Santa Barbara Nonprofit CEO Pens Book on Journey from Hunger into Health

Erik Talkin, CEO of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, recounts a decade of visionary leadership and transformation

(Santa Barbara, CA / April 30, 2018) — Every day, 41 million Americans struggle with hunger, including 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors. Is food insecurity something we have to resign ourselves to or are there solutions?

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in finding and piloting those solutions. In his new book, CEO Erik Talkin shares his story and that of his organization as they conceived and implemented ways to turn hunger into health.

“The approaches that Erik and his team have pioneered in Santa Barbara have been widely influential,” Oscar-winning actor and local long-time anti-hunger advocate Jeff Bridges wrote in his introduction to the book. “They demonstrate an opportunity to offer the empowerment, education and hope that every hungry person in America deserves.”

Concise, heavily illustrated and infused with Talkin’s light-hearted signature voice, “Hunger into Health” details how the Foodbank decided it had to pivot from its old ways of approaching the challenge of hunger towards promoting the key concept of food literacy.

“Hunger into Health” also feeds hungry children. 100% of profits will go directly to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“Writing this book has been an opportunity to look back on hard-won lessons,” noted Talkin. “I hope it’s of interest to the general reader who wonders how we can help low-income Americans become healthier, and also to nonprofit leaders, who might glean some new strategies from the book.”

A brief educational section at the end of the book explores how an organization can gather the people, money and vision to make their own pivot to envision and enact solution-oriented approaches.

Published by Food Lit Press, “Hunger into Health” is available for Kindle and in paperback at or directly from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for $20.

About Erik Talkin
For 10 years Erik Talkin has led the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which for two years running won Feeding America’s “Hunger’s Hope” Award for the most innovative programming in the area of child nutrition. Prior to the Foodbank, he spent seven years as executive director of the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara. He serves on the Executive Committee of Closing the Hunger Gap and the Santa Barara County Food Action Plan.

Talkin has a background as a writer and filmmaker. His short film, “The Gallery,” starring Helena Bonham Carter was selected for the London Film Festival. He won an International Television Association Award for writing and directing educational drama and his theatrical work has been produced on the London Fringe.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through a network of more than 300 distribution programs operated by the Foodbank, its network of partner agencies, and volunteers. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 150,000 unduplicated people of whom 38% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food–nearly half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit


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