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Noozhawk 201116th annual fundraiser moves to the Page Youth Center, serving up easy access to the Foodbank’s warehouse and distribution center


From left, Allan Ghitterman, Susan Bridges, Empty Bowls Santa Barbara founder/chairwoman Danyel Dean and Donnalyn Karpeles help make the 16th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser a success for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkSociety

The 16th annual Empty Bowls Santa Barbara luncheon changed it up this year by moving to a new venue after many years at the Rockwood Woman’s Club.

This year’s fundraiser for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County took place at thePage Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara, next door to the Foodbank’s warehouse and distribution center.

Many of the hundreds of attendees took advantage of tours of the well-organized warehouse following a healthy tasting of soups and fresh breads at the popular event. Guests were able to see where fresh produce as well as where nonperishable goods are stored in the warehouse.

Following tradition, upon entrance participants selected a beautiful handcrafted bowl or ceramic piece created by a local artist before enjoying a simple meal of soup, bread and water. Guests took home the bowl as a reminder of the meal’s purpose to feed the hungry in our community.

This year, more than 1,200 bowls were donated by local potters, artists fromSBCC Continuing Education program, and elementary through college students.

Soup and bread were donated by Adama,Arnoldi’sBouchonCa Dario, Café del Sol, CostcoLucky’sLouie’sSan Ysidro Ranch and many others.

Major sponsors included the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, the Tomchin Family Charitable Foundation, theDeckers Outdoor Corp., the Towbes FoundationNS CeramicVenoco Inc.,Rabobank, Jeff and Susan Bridges, AlbertsonsAmerican Riviera BankSara Miller McCuneMontecito Bank & TrustBrylen Technologies, Union BankSchipper ConstructionGlacier Asset Management and more.

“I am in awe of the impact this event has been able to make in our community and how beloved it has become,” founder and longtime chairwoman Danyel Dean said.

The Foodbank is celebrating more than 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education and other resources through its programs and to a network of more than 300 member nonprofit partners and programs in Santa Barbara County. Last year, the Foodbank distributed what translates into more than 8.5 million meals — of which half was fresh produce. This served more than 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing one in four people.

For the fifth consecutive time, the Foodbank has been given a four-star rating fromCharity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

For more information about the Foodbank, contact Diane Durst at 805.967.5741 orclick here.

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