Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Empty Bowls 2021

Annual Empty Bowls Celebration Looks Different This Year

The Foodbank’s annual soup fundraisers in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara are still happening this fall, but with some changes due to the ongoing pandemic.

(Santa Barbara County, CA) — The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is holding Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Empty Bowls events this fall, with Lompoc Empty Bowls scheduled for March 2022. In past years, Empty Bowls was a sit-down event, with soup served in handmade bowls that each attendee got to bring home after the event. Local restaurants and businesses donated soup, bread and raffle items for the event, and ticket sales went toward supporting those facing food insecurity in Santa Barbara County.

This year, Santa Maria Empty Bowls will be a drive-thru event. It will take place on November 3, from 11am – 2pm at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Tickets are available in half-hour time slots, and attendees will drive through the parking lot to receive a to-go container with soup as well as a handmade bowl. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Large groups can also purchase Party Packs, which include 10 tickets and a delivery of soup and bowls to an address of your choice.

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls will be an in-person event. It will occur on December 5 from 11am -3pm. The event will take place outside at the Santa Barbara Foodbank Warehouse. In order to promote social distancing, tickets will be available in half-hour time slots, with four different entry times for the event. Attendees will receive a handmade bowl and soup in a to-go container. There will also be raffle items at the event, as well as coupon books for local restaurants. Tickets for this event will go on sale in October, so stay tuned!

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 partner agencies, nutrition education programs and food distribution sites operated by the Foodbank and its volunteers. Over the last year, our response to the Covid-19 economic crisis has included distributing 18 million pounds of food, making 65,000 home deliveries of healthy groceries to seniors and adults with disabilities, and launching new services in high-poverty areas, such as our Healthy Farmworkers program. For many people in our community, recovery from the economic crisis of the last 18 months will take a long time. With your continued support, we will do whatever it takes to help Santa Barbara County recover. For more information, visit

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