Residents of Santa Barbara County are no strangers to overcoming disasters—but as reflected by statistics from the Foodbank, what the county faces now is unprecedented. The COVID-19 crisis is also extra challenging because it impacts the entire county, making it difficult for the Foodbank to keep up.
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.”
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.
Lompoc Unified Food Service workers are on the frontlines of ensuring the community's children continue to have access to breakfast and lunch, even with schools closed.
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.
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.)
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.
Paper bags of food were arranged via assembly line at a Foodbank of Santa Barbara County warehouse in Santa Maria Friday by volunteers and members of the National Guard, who arrived to provide support amid a surge in demand for basic provisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GOLETA, Calif. - Some shoppers that are trying to avoid crowded grocery lines have been turning to Lane Farms for their fresh produce needs. The Lane family has been farming in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area since 1868 and their produce stand at 308 S. Walnut Lane has been operating since 1939.
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.