Funds will be used on new cooler freezers, volunteers, and nutrition education spaces
Congratulations to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for successfully completing a major fundraising campaign – Building Readiness: Campaign for a Hunger-free Tomorrow – to purchase and modify its new Sharehouse facility in Goleta.
Over the course of an 18-month-long private fundraising period and a four-month public campaign that concluded on December 31, 2022, the Foodbank raised $20 million. When it becomes operational – in fall 2023 – Sharehouse will allow the Foodbank to provide increased healthy food for community members countywide who face hunger and food insecurity, and will ensure that south county is adequately prepared for emergency food needs during future large-scale disasters. It will also make it possible for the Foodbank to train thousands of volunteers, and further develop nutrition education curriculum and partnerships.
Planned modifications include construction of freezer and cooler space – which will multiply the Foodbank’s current south county cold food storage space by ten times – along with a new Nutrition Promotion Center and Volunteer Center, and the Foodbank’s administrative offices.
The Sharehouse is located at 80 Coromar Drive in Goleta, just off Hollister between Storke and Los Carneros Roads. The Sharehouse name indicates it will serve as more than just a warehouse; it will be a comprehensive center where the community can “share food, education and hope.”
About Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County transforms hunger into health through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through a network of more than 200 partner agencies, nutrition education programs and food distributions operated by the Foodbank and its volunteers. For more information, visit FoodbankSBC.org