Santa Barbara County Foodbank distributes food to people affected by Thomas Fire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Foodbank gas arranged daily emergency food distribution through Dec. 22 to serve regions of the south county that are in high need.

Community members can pick up bags of fresh produce, nutritious shelf-stable groceries and protein items at the following locations:

  1. Foodbank Warehouse, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 4554 Hollister Avenue (next to Page Youth Center)    
  2. Foodbank Offices, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1525 State Street    
  3. Franklin Neighborhood Center, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1136 E. Montecito Street
  4. Westside Boys & Girls Club, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 602 W. Anapamu Street.
  5. Saint Joseph Church, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1500 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
  6. Isla Vista Youth Projects from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 970 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Isla Vista (Starts operating Thursday, Dec. 21)
  7. Catholic Charities beginning at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Parish, 6550 Picasso Rd, Isla Vista (Starts operating Thursday, Dec. 21)

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

The Foodbank also plans to open a food distribution site next to the UC Santa Barbara Red Cross shelter where non-evacuees in the UCSB/Isla Vista community can receive food without traveling to the Foodbank's warehouse at 4554 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara, adjacent to the Page Youth Center.

The Foodbank continues to supply food at the evacuation shelter at UCSB.

Many families and children are facing increased hunger as a result of the Thomas Fire. Children that would normally get their meals at school have not been able to due to school closures and residents are faced with sudden loss in wages because many businesses are either closed or operating at reduced hours.

The Foodbank requests community support to provide food for all affected by the Thomas fire. Those wishing to contribute via this link or visit, click “Donate” for “Thomas Fire Hunger Relief.”

For information in Spanish (Espanol) click here

The non-profit organization was able to call on its network of approximately 2,000 volunteers to help sort and bag groceries for distribution.

Normally the Foodbank distributes food throughout the county via numerous nonprofit partners and programs, but those agencies have reduced services and sent their employees home during the Thomas Fire.

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