Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Emergency Food Distribution in Aftermath of Montecito Flood

Foodbank collaborates to provide healthy food and fresh produce to evacuees, first responders, students and those facing flood-related loss of work and income

(Santa Barbara, CA / January 16, 2018) The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is ensuring that fresh produce and healthy groceries are available to those affected by the Montecito Flood, the Thomas fire and their resulting economic impacts. Throughout what promises to be a protracted recovery, the Foodbank will adapt plans and provide food to meet specific needs and populations throughout Santa Barbara County.

Through a variety of locations and collaborations this week and next, the Foodbank will provide fresh fruits and vegetables, nutritious snacks, and healthy groceries, free of charge, to the following:

  • Evacuees at the Red Cross Shelter at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC);
  • Those living or sheltering on Santa Barbara’s east and west sides and in Carpinteria, many of whom are without work/income due to evacuations and business closures in Montecito, and travel disruptions from the Hwy 101 closure;
  • 400 Montecito Union School students and their families while instruction is relocated to SBCC;
  • First responders at Earl Warren Showgrounds; and
  • The community as a whole at the Santa Barbara County Local Assistance Center.

Emergency food distribution locations that are open to the public are as follows:

St. Joseph Church / Catholic Charities, Carpinteria
In collaboration with partner organization Food Share, Inc. of Ventura County, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara county is providing fresh produce and healthy groceries to those residing or sheltering in Carpinteria.
Wednesday – Friday, January 17-19 / 10am – 3pm
1532 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 93013

Westside Community Center
Fresh produce with healthy snacks and groceries will be available to all.
Wednesday, January 17 / 10am – 2pm
423 West Victoria St., Santa Barbara, 93101

Harding University Partnership School
1625 Robbins St., Santa Barbara, 93101
Thursday & Friday, January 18-19 / 2:30-4:30pm

Franklin Community Center Mobile Farmers Market
Fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmstand-style distribution.
Every Thursday / 1pm
1136 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, 93103

Santa Barbara County Local Assistance Center
Community members may pick up bags filled with fresh produce and healthy groceries, and find information on how and where to give and receive help.
Monday to Friday, January 17 to February 2 / 11am – 6:30pm
Saturdays, January 20 & 27, February 3 / 10am – 2pm
Calvary Chapel, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, #21, Santa Barbara, 93013

Everyone is welcome. No paperwork/documentation is needed and no registration will be required.

Details for other food distributions are below:

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC)
Montecito Union School has relocated instruction for most of its 400 students to SBCC. Fresh fruits and veggies in a farmstand format will be available after school. More than 10% of students at MUS qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.
Friday, January 19 / after school

Fresh Food for First Responders
Healthy snacks for first responders
Delivered daily
Incident Base, Earl Warren Showgrounds

The Foodbank requests community support to provide food for all affected by the Montecito Flood. Those wishing to contribute may click here or visit, click “Donate” and select “Thomas Fire & Flood Hunger Relief.”

The ripple effects of the Montecito Flood are widespread and will be long-lasting. In addition to those who are displaced from evacuation or loss of homes, many more who work in the Montecito community at homes and businesses, hourly workers in particular, have been without work or income for over a week, and many for more than a month since the Thomas fire.

Normally the Foodbank distributes food throughout Santa Barbara County via 300 nonprofit partners and programs.

As part of a statewide network of foodbanks and as a member of the nation-wide organization Feeding America, the Foodbank of SBC is able to ensure food can be sourced and delivered to locations unreachable by Foodbank warehouse staff.

To provide services throughout the county, even south of the 101 freeway closure, the Foodbank is working with our partner organization Food Share, Inc. in Ventura to provide food to Carpinteria.

Volunteers who want to help may sign up at

The Foodbank is the only distributor of USDA food in Santa Barbara County, the primary provider of food in case of disaster within the county, and the fiscal sponsor of Santa Barbara County VOAD.

About Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming the health of Santa Barbara County by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of 300 nonprofit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four individuals receive food support from the Foodbank, 38% of whom are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food, half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit

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