Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters are layers of wealth, race, privilege and language that affect the ability of Central Coast communities to survive and thrive.
In this webinar, we explored how CEC’s Food Rescue program and other local efforts are working to support those most vulnerable to hunger – particularly students, unsheltered populations, farm workers and seniors. We also discussed the work of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network to equitably stitch together the torn fabrics of our food system – from local farmers and fishermen, to local restaurants and distributors.
Julia Blanton, SBC Food Rescue Program Coordinator, Community Environmental Council
Allegra Roth, Food and Climate Program Manager, Community Environmental Council
Shakira Miracle, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Food Action Network
Laura Capps, President of the Board of Education, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Past President of the Board, Community Environmental Council
Here are resources shared during the event that will help you stay engaged:
Reduce Food Waste
- Join SBC Food Rescue as a food donor or recipient organization – or refer your favorite restaurant, caterer, or nonprofit to join our network
- Learn how you can save more food at home by visiting SaveTheFood.com, IValueFood.com, EatSmartWasteLess.com, and FurtherWithFood.com.
- Compost at your home and place of business with these regional resources:
Build Local Food Resilience
- Join the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network, sign up for updates (public working groups coming soon!), and follow SBCFAN on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to hear about the latest projects supporting our local food system
- Sign up for the free Green Gardener Training at SBCC to learn how to grow your own food – starts June 30!
- Reference Edible Santa Barbara’s Eat Local Guide to support local farmers, food producers and chefs
Did you watch the webinar? Here are some next steps to consider:
- Share the webinar recording and the slide presentation of Creating a Shock-Proof Local Food System with friends, family, or colleagues.
- Tell us how we did and what future topics you’d like to learn more about. Take the survey.
- Learn more about the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network at www.SBCFoodAction.org.
- Learn more about CEC’s Santa Barbara County Food Rescue program at www.SBCFoodRescue.org.