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2020 Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent

Congratulations to Food Rescue Program Coordinator Julia Blanton on being named a 2020 Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent. Julia shares this recognition with two other locals dedicated to food security: Food from the Heart Board Chair Kelly Onnen and Foodbank volunteer Elizabeth Breen.

Like most heroes, Julia stepped up to meet the difficult challenge of the moment – rapidly expanding food rescue efforts during COVID to distribute 170,000+ pounds of food to seniors, vets, and other vulnerable populations. Under Julia’s leadership, CEC’s SBC Food Rescue has saved 100 tons of excess, nutritious food that would otherwise go to the landfill, redirecting it to organizations serving food insecure populations in our region.

-Laura Capps
CEC President’s Council Member & Former Board President

Read 2020 Local Hero article by Santa Barbara Independent to learn more.

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