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Foodbank Implements Disaster Feeding Plan

How do you feed an entire county in a disaster situation, especially when it might not be safe to go outside? By November 2019, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County was already equipped to answer that question. “Our mission is to ensure that everybody in the county of Santa Barbara has access to the healthy food they need,” said the organization’s marketing director, Judith Smith-Meyer. “We’re ready, and we have the relationships in place to help us do that.”
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Good News: This 17-Year Old’s Nonprofit Is Delivering Food To Boomers In 12 Cities (And He Started 3 Weeks Ago)

Like most Americans, when the severity of the coronavirus became evident, 17-year old Danny Goldberg wanted to do “something” but he felt helpless. However, unlike most of us, he quickly acted upon his desire to help and set up a volunteer service in which Zoomers (members of Generation-Z, born between 1995 and 2015) delivered groceries and other necessities to Boomers (members of the Baby Boom generation, born between 1944 and 1964), free of charge.
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Daniel Goldberg’s Zoomers to Boomers Spreads Across Country

It’s been a dizzying three weeks for Daniel Goldberg and the Zoomers to Boomers grocery shopping and delivery service he created to help South Coast seniors sheltered in place and other people isolated at home. While Goldberg and his crew of fellow high school students were hustling to make deliveries, other cities throughout the country were contacting him, inquiring how they can join in.
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Essential but Exposed: Farmworkers are risking their lives to feed a nation on lockdown.

Every day when Carmelita finishes her shift in the strawberry fields of California’s central coast, she sprays herself down with Lysol, takes off the handkerchief she uses to protect her face, and tucks it in a plastic bag before getting in her car. She’s the sole provider for her two young sons and can’t afford to miss a day on the job. But these days, with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the country, that’s getting much tougher. Carmelita carefully follows the safety precautions recommended by health experts, but that’s especially difficult in the fields. The farm where she works in Oxnard isn’t enforcing safety protocols, the 44-year-old farmworker told Grist. (Carmelita requested that her last name be withheld because of fear of reprisals from her employer.)
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Building local food systems and self-sufficiency in response to COVID-19

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. While much has shifted rapidly, the natural world continues to move at the slower pace of fresh green growth and abundance. The recent generous rainfall triggered the first flushes of spring at the Carpinteria Garden Park, a slow unfurling that will provide food, beauty and comfort throughout the growing season.
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Unity Shoppe Seeks Donations For Massive Food Distribution Program

Unity Shoppe is offering free food and other essentials to Santa Barbarans who are now unemployed or unable to work due to the spread and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Santa Barbara community. To meet the overwhelming need, Unity Shoppe has consolidated its offerings to food distribution alone and now estimates it is serving more than three times the number of families that came in for services just 10 days ago.
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