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Santa Barbara County Food Rescue

During COVID-19, we have scaled up to support county-wide charitable food distribution efforts

Through June 30, 2020 all donations will be DOUBLED by CEC’s Leadership Match Fund so we can continue to help those most in need. DONATE NOW.

SBC Food Rescue is a partnership of public, private, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing food waste in our region. SBC Food Rescue picks up excess high quality prepared food at scheduled dates and times, and brings it to registered charitable organizations that provide food to those in need.

We connect local restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and schools to Santa Barbara County residents in need, rescuing high-quality surplus food that would otherwise go to the landfill.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we rapidly expanded our efforts (read more about this expansion in our blog and this article from the Santa Barbara Independent). CEC is compiling and managing a centralized database that identifies all the players in charitable food distribution, as well as gaps in service. Among other purposes, this hub is being used to help match donors who have excess food with agencies who can get it to those in need.

Through this county-wide database, any organization supporting charitable food donation, delivery, or distribution during this time is encouraged to share their activities and where they need help. The collected information is available for any organization to view and can be filtered to focus on an agency’s area of interest.

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