Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will provide emergency food distributions every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., alternating sites between Carpinteria High School and Carpinteria Children’s Project. Additionally, senior citizens can receive home food deliveries by calling the Foodbank at (805) 967-5741.
Foodbank Marketing Communications Manager Judith Smith-Meyer said in a telephone interview on Tuesday, March 24, “We’re here for everybody,” emphasizing that people should not hesitate to use the Foodbank out of fear of taking food from others who may be more in need. “We have been planning for this,” Smith-Meyer added, “we are equipped for this.”
From the hard lessons of the Thomas Fire and debris flows, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has strengthened its partnerships with county and city agencies in the region and taken the lead on developing a county-wide disaster feeding plan. “We learned (from the Thomas Fire and debris flows) that people shelter-in-place,” Smith-Meyer said. “That situation applies here,” she noted, acknowledging the many agencies coordinating food relief in the county such as the Office of Emergency Management, the Public Health District, cities and school districts as well. Food distribution on this scale “couldn’t happen without those partnerships,” Smith-Meyer said.