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For Immediate Release    Media Contacts: Candice Nyholt/Juliana Minsky, (805) 687-3322

Ninth Annual Empty Bowls Event to Benefit Foodbank’s Lompoc Area Programs


Lompoc, CA, February 28, 2013– The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce the 9th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 100 East Locust Ave in Lompoc.

This annual event raises funds to help the Foodbank address hunger and malnutrition in the Lompoc Valley. For a donation of $25, attendees will get to select a uniquely hand crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a simple meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take the bowl home as a reminder of the meal’s purpose: to feed the hungry in our community wholesome and hearty food and to raise awareness about hunger in the Lompoc region. Empty Bowls is a unique event that draws community members from all walks of life – some to enjoy the gourmet soup and others the socialization with friends, but all to help provide nourishment to those in the community who are hungry.

“The resources of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County serve 20-25% of those in need right here in our Lompoc Valley,” said Bob Lawrence, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Board Member and Lompoc resident. “The annual Empty Bowls event affords the citizens of Lompoc a wonderful opportunity to assist in covering this monumental task of bringing more than 700,000 pounds of food to our community.”

Money raised from the Empty Bowls event provides services to Lompoc area families and keeps donations local.

  • For the Lompoc area, during the 2012 fiscal year, Foodbank served 14,905 people through 30 food distribution programs, distributing more than 712,000 pounds of food; 44% of those served are age 18 and under.
  • There are currently 38 programs distributing food through 19 agencies in the Lompoc area.
  • During the last year, every dollar contributed to the Foodbank provided 8 meals for distribution thanks to Foodbank’s local, state and national partnerships.

“I was privileged to be involved with the Foodbank for many years, helping to expand its ability to supply food for families in need in the County,” said Dwayne Holmdahl, Lompoc City Council Member and former Foodbank Board Member. “It’s been exciting to watch its growth and increased services to our community. As a supporter, I would like to thank the Foodbank for its many years of helping to feed the less fortunate.”

A sell-out event every year, its financial success is enhanced by the sponsors and contributors that donate money, bowls and soup. Former Foodbank Board Member, Roger McConnell of Stillman Capital Group, is pleased to have been a major sponsor of the Lompoc Empty Bowls event every year since its inception. Joining the event’s founding sponsor this year will be: Imerys and Union as major sponsors. CoastHills Federal Credit Union and Baroda Farms are also significant sponsors this year, along with numerous other businesses and organizations.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are available through committee members or at various community outlets including the Stillman Capital Group, Supervisor Peter Adam’s office, the The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Rabobank’s North H Street branch, Sue’s Place, The Bookstore, Village Coffee Stop Café or Walnut Pier Health Club. They may also be ordered from Foodbank by calling 937-3422 x 104 or online at www.foodbanksbc.org. Tickets may also be available at the door on the day of the event, but pre-purchase is encouraged.

All proceeds go to serve Lompoc area families and fund crucial Foodbank programs such as the Senior Brown Bag program that provides recipients two bags of groceries each month to supplement their food budgets and to help maintain their self-sufficiency for as long as possible.

In the spring, Foodbank will also introduce their award-winning Healthy School Pantry program to the Lompoc area, timed in participation with the City’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative, which passed last fall. Healthy School Pantry pairs food distribution with a “health fair” approach to teaching children and their families the importance of nutritious eating, while providing practical ways to incorporate what people learn about nutrition into their daily lives.

For more information about Empty Bowls, or the Foodbank and its programs, call Judi Monte at 937-3422 x 106

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank is celebrating 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education, and other resources through its own programs and to a network of over 300 member non-profit agencies and programs in Santa Barbara County. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food – translating into more than 8.5 million meals – of which fully half was fresh produce. This served over 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing 1 in 4 people. For the fifth consecutive time, the Foodbank has recently been given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Only 4% of the charities rated have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Foodbank of Santa Barbara County outperforms most other charities in America. More information at www.foodbanksbc.org.

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