Santa Barbara County Food Action Network gives $150,000 in grants to nonprofits

Santa Barbara County Food Action Network gives $150,000 in grants to nonprofits throughout the County addressing broader food system issues

The network supports local food system change makers in order to help build a resilient Countywide food system.
Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) announces the recipients of its 2020 Food System Resilience Grants. Grants totalling $150,000 are given to support the achievement of Food Action Plan goals by contributing to the broader food systems of Santa Barbara County. SBCFAN is awarding the grants in partnership with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara Foundation.

The nonprofits receiving 2020 Food System Resilience Grants are:

  • Blue Sky Center Sustainable Living Center – based in the Cuyama Valley, will receive $14,500 to grow their Cuyama Valley Healthy Foods Initiative, Victory Gardens Program.
  • Central Coast Regenerative Equipment Sharing Alliance – based in Lompoc, will receive $21,500 to purchase and share a mobile seed cleaner and no-till planter. This technology will allow for the planting of locally adapted and heritage varieties that suit the climate and culture.
  • El Centro Santa Barbara – based in Goleta, will receive $20,000 for their Somos Semillas Garden, a space for community members to engage in place-based learning, public health, nutrition education, and community empowerment.
  • Organic Soup Kitchen – based in Santa Barbara, will receive $10,000 to support staffing for their Cancer & Chronic Illness Recovery Program due to COVID-19 causing an increase in people served.
  • Route One Farmers Market – based in Lompoc, will receive $25,000 to improve food accessibility by launching the first Mobile Farmers Market as a pilot project in Santa Barbara County.
  • SYV Fruit & Vegetable Rescue – based in Santa Ynez, will receive $25,000 to build a mobile solar refrigeration unit and launch field trials in various locations in Santa Barbara County.
  • St. Mark’s in the Valley – based in Los Olivos, will receive $9,000 to support the launch of community kitchens.
  • White Buffalo Land Trust – based in Summerland, will receive $25,000 to facilitate their Holistic Management Intensive Course which offers a systems approach to the management of livestock operations.

Applications were vetted through a process of research, planning, due diligence and evaluation. The grants were reviewed by an external volunteer committee whose expertise ensures an equitable and impact driven approach to the review process. The maximum award was $25,000, with no minimum requirement.

The 2020 Resilience Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County, providing programs or services that address one or more of the SBCFAN’s 16 Food Action Plan Goals, which fall under 4 Big Actions. Diana O’Connell, Executive Director of SYV Fruit & Vegetable Rescue, shared, “The grant application process was designed in a clever way as it made the applicant so familiar with the Food Action Plan. It also got me to refine and expand my vision.”

Priority was given to organizations that will use the funds to strengthen the Network; take into account external shocks to the food system (such as the COVID-19 pandemic); and/or effectively respond to the urgent needs of their local community that could be replicated Countywide and beyond. For more information visit sbcfoodaction.org/grants.

The funding source for the grants is the Santa Barbara Foundation, whose mission is to mobilize collective wisdom and philanthropic capital to build empathetic, inclusive, and resilient communities. Funds will then be distributed by Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in partnership with SBCFAN. Santa Barbara Foundation and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County serve on the Executive Committee for SBCFAN and work closely with Network partners to advance the common goal of building a resilient local food system.

“This grant funding will contribute to long term sustainable food models with a Countywide scope. For this reason, it is important that the Network grant funding to communities throughout the County.” said SBCFAN Executive Director Shakira Miracle. “We’re doing our part to support the development and growth of innovative solutions that will localize and improve our food and farming systems.”

Santa Barbara County Food Action County

About Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN)

Santa Barbara County Food Action Network connects, aligns, and activates food system change makers to develop a robust local food economy; a healthy and just community; and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed. Learn more at sbcfoodaction.org.

The Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses and provides recommendations for how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. In 2019 the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network formed to support efforts to advance the goals of this Countywide plan.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

About 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 190,000 unduplicated people of whom 41% are children. In the past 9 months since the Covid crisis began, the Foodbank has distributed almost 16 million pounds of healthy food, nearly half of which was fresh produce, more than twice the amount normally provided to the community in an entire year. More than 50,000 home deliveries of nutritious food have been made to seniors and those facing extreme hardship. The Foodbank’s countywide Disaster Feeding Plan, and other innovative disaster preparedness initiatives, are building a resilient Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

Santa Barbara Foundation

About Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation, the largest community foundation in the region and the county’s go-to resource for investment and capacity-building, strives to mobilize and elevate all residents to thrive. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization and essential community project has been supported by the Foundation during its 92-year history. Funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation.

The Foundation is working to improve areas that affect quality of life in Santa Barbara County including child care, workforce development, and workforce housing. The Foundation connects those who give with those in need – and all who dream of stronger communities. To learn more, please visit SBFoundation.org.


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