Jul 11, 2013 3:00 PM by KSBY Staff (KF)

Santa Barbara County Foodbank receives grant

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has received grants from the Walmart Foundation and the Fighting Hunger Together Challenge totaling $120,000.

The Walmart Foundation grant totaled $75,00 and the Fighting Hunger Together Challenge grant totaled $45,000.

Money awarded to the Foodbank will be used to fund their programs and feed local families in need.

One of the Foodbank's efforts, "Building a Food Secure Community," will also be aided from the grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Picnic in the Park program which is supported by the Walmart Foundation grants will also benefit.

Javier Angulo, Director of Community Affairs for Walmart says, "We are pleased to be able to support the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County's Picnic in the Park program and all of their efforts to end hunger in Santa Maria and throughout Santa Barbara County."

Grant money will go towards expanding food literacy programs, distribution of produce to local families in need and ensuring that community members have access to a reliable source of produce.

Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin says, "These funds are significant in the effort to build a food secure community; reaching youth, families and the community at large."

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides food to one in four people of which 46 percent are adults ages 18-59, 44 percent are children and 10 percent are seniors ages 59 and older.

The Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food last year.

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