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Guests invited to tour the Santa Barbara warehouse next door following the meal

One of Santa Barbara’s most beloved events, the annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowls luncheon, returns on Sunday, November 3rd. This year’s event takes place at an exciting new venue, the Ben Page Youth Center located at 4540 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara. The unique fundraising event benefits the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which is celebrating over 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. Event attendees will choose a bowl handcrafted by local ceramic artists, enjoy a simple meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the meal’s purpose to help provide food for those in need in our community.

There will also be a “Market Place” at the event to peruse a beautiful array of handmade ceramic items. It is a perfect opportunity to purchase unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season. Empty Bowls provides gift cards to accompany each piece so the recipient will know the purchase of their gift helped relieve hunger in Santa Barbara County.

New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to see what Foodbank does first hand through a visit to the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse facility next door. After the meal guests are invited to visit Foodbank’s Feed the Future program demonstration booths, blend a smoothie on the human-energy powered bike blender, and enjoy healthy savory sweets. Guests will also be able to see where fresh produce as well as where non-perishable goods are stored.

“I am in awe of the impact this event has been able to make in our community and how beloved it has become,” said Danyel Dean, Founder of Santa Barbara Empty Bowls. “This event offers people the chance to participate on so many levels, giving of their talents and resources and deepening the understanding of the work done by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

Community leaders and avid Foodbank supporters such as Anne and Michael Towbes, Cheryl Tomchin, other local business leaders, Foodbank Board Members and a number of other familiar faces will serve the best soups Santa Barbara offers. This year over 1,200 bowls were donated by local potters, artists from the Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education program and elementary through college students.

“Year after year Foodbank is honored to be the recipient of this symbolic event,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “We commend Danyel and her team for their tireless dedication in carrying on this beautiful tradition and staple in our community.”

Seating Times are at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. General Tickets are a $30 donation and VIP Tickets are $100 each. VIP tickets include an exclusive hand painted bowl, 40 Raffle tickets for the opportunity to win exciting items and two bowls from the general admission line. For tickets or more information, please contact Diane Durst at (805) 967-5741 x104 or visit www.foodbanksbc.org/events-emptybowls-sb.html.

Last year, the Foodbank distributed the resources for 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. Supporting Empty Bowls creates a rippling effect in the community. The more the event can raise awareness and support, the greater the inspiration for more people to get involved.

About Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger, started in 1990. The first Empty Bowls of Santa Barbara in 1998 was initiated as a volunteer effort to increase the awareness of the pervasive levels of hunger in the community. Empty Bowls, benefitting Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, is one of Santa Barbara’s most popular fundraisers. For the past 15 years, the event has effectively brought together many elements of our community to facilitate the Foodbank’s mission and to raise awareness of hunger in Santa Barbara County. In 2011 over 1,000 people attended Empty Bowls, which raised more than $156,000 for the Foodbank through corporate donations, ticket sales, a silent auction and raffle. Empty Bowls has donated well over $1,000,000 to Foodbank over the last 16 years to help alleviate hunger in Santa Barbara County and has provided huge community awareness for Foodbank’s mission and work. For more information visit www.emptybowlssantabarbara.com.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County The Foodbank is celebrating over 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 partners and programs in Santa Barbara County. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the resources for 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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