SBC FoodBank in Santa Maria helping coordinate food distribution to Thomas Fire victims

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The busiest time of year for the Santa Barbara County FoodBank in Santa Maria has just got a whole lot busier.

"We've been sending extra staff down to Santa Barbara to help them with the distribution so we've been running somewhat shorthanded here," said Warehouse Manager Steve Hoxie. 

Food from here is now leaving the warehouse at least once, but at times even twice a day to make its way down to Santa Barbara.

"And we just coordinate what they need with what we're putting on the truck," Hoxie explained.

Donations from places like the USDA and even local growers have been pouring in to help support victims of the Thomas Fire. The FoodBank team is now working on a long term plan to help out those victims. 

"Because there's gonna be people displaced from this going into January, February and on and there'll be probably some people out of jobs so the demand in the Santa Barbara area is gonna be much greater than normal," said Hoxie. 

While the shelves are stocked, the FoodBank says they could still use donations of canned proteins like chicken, tuna and peanut butter.

If you are in need of food, the FoodBank has a list of pick up locations on their website.

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