SANTA BARBARA — We are excited to announce our newly launched Healthy Community Pantry which provides fresh produce, healthy foods and nutrition education to local families on Santa Barbara's Westside. Our Healthy Community Pantry, designed like a health fair, takes an innovative approach to building a healthy community and solving the issue of food insecurity. We include healthy lifestyle elements: food demonstrations, food literacy education, physical exercise, gardening tips, CALfresh enrollment (food stamps), health screenings and opportunities for skill building and community involvement.
We invite participants to be part of the Nutrition Advocates Network, a nutrition and community leadership program for Foodbank participants. Through this program, participants learn skills to help them improve their situation, such as nutrition, community organizing, project management, and self-esteem.
This pantry involves a network of community partners, as well as guidance from community conversations with neighborhood residents. Thank you to Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic, Catholic Charities, Cottage Health, Harding University Partnership School and ELAC, Free Methodist Westside Initiative, Office of Cathy Murillo, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics – Westside Neighborhood Clinic, Trinity Episcopal Church, Uffizi Order, United Way, United Boys and Girls Club, Westmont College, Westside Community Group, Westside Healthcare Advocacy Team and William Sansum Diabetes Center.
"We are so happy to share another great resource with the community," -Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.