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Foodbank Of Santa Barbara County Kicking Off This Year's Food Drive

Travelers Today       By    Chen Gomez

Updated: Nov 07, 2016 08:40 PM EST

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From Thanksgiving season to the Yuletide season, the staff of Santa Barbara County's Foodbank and volunteers will be aiding families with financial instabilities by donating 100,000 pounds of their food supply during November and December. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County started its yearly crusade against hunger, or the Annual Holiday Food Drive, in the 1st of November with Thanksgiving contributions all the way till the Christmas season, according to the Santa Maria Sun, aiming to raise $100,000 funds and 100,000 pounds of food during the month of November. According to Noozhawk, Whole Foods Market started off the campaign by giving away 100 frozen turkeys for the Foodbank.

"Providing the community with healthy, nutritious food is one of our core key values," according to 3761 State Street's Whole Foods team leader Danielle Iversen. "We are excited to help the community." The Foodbank also requested help via online through December 31. Their target for this year's Food Drive is 2,000 frozen turkey donation, with the 18th of November set as the deadline, so that the donations can be distributed by November 24. For the incoming donations, some items that the Foodbank will accept as donations are frozen turkey, chickens, rice, canned fruits, vegetables, beans, peanut butter, tuna, oatmeal, cereal, stuffings and cranberries.

The Foodbank also accept cash donations that benefit 30,000 families in Santa Barbara County from Thanksgiving till Christmas. Financial Service Company Wells Fargo has been assisting the Foodbank financially throughout ten years and has entrusted a $15,000 matching grant in this year's Food Drive.

"Our foundation is a strong supporter of helping with the basic needs in supporting the community," said the regional director of wealth management of Wells Fargo Santa Barbara and Westlake Village, Scott Hansen. "It's our pleasure to help inspire the community and give back to those who are most in need during the holiday season."

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