Backyard Bounty Program
Your donation will help grow the capacity and impact of Backyard Bounty throughout Santa Barbara County. Every dollar invested to the Backyard Bounty Program yields 4.5 pounds of fresh, local produce that goes directly to turning hunger into health.
Your donation helps us:
- Fuel our trucks (delivery of bins to harvest sites, collection of harvests & transportation back to Foodbank warehouses & delivery to Foodbank nutrition programs & those in need).
- Power our cooler/freezer unit & properly store fresh, local produce.
- Support Foodbank staff team members who manage the program & produce inventory & delivery to the community.
- Provide Harvest Kits for volunteers with clippers, pole pickers, ladders & first aid kits.
- Distribute outreach and educational materials for volunteers, farmers & homeowners.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. TAX ID #77-0169214
Sponsors are recognized within the Foodbank's corresponding giving tiers, highlighted within the campaign, website, press release and social media. Click here to learn more.
About the Program
Backyard Bounty is a volunteer powered program of the Foodbank which harvests fresh produce from residential yards, orchards and farms throughout Santa Barbara County. Each year Santa Barbara County produces over $1 billion worth of produce and one in four properties has food growing on it. However, more than 30% of the produce grown in our community is wasted. It’s the mission of Backyard Bounty to use this excess produce to supply the Foodbank’s network of 300 non-profit partners and programs with the freshest fruits and vegetables available.
What a difference a year makes! Since January 2015 we have had a 340% increase in the amount of sites we’re harvesting in Santa Barbara County. In the last three months alone we’ve brought in over 80,000lbs of fresh local produce with the help of our volunteers, donors and partners. In order to keep up with demand we need your help to make sure we have the equipment and resources to train more volunteers and reach more donors. By investing in Backyard Bounty you can help make sure that everyone in our community has access to fresh, healthy, local produce.
California's fruit tree season ramps up when we need it most - during the winter when we struggle to keep our warehouse stocked with fresh produce. In order to grow and sustain our fruit harvesting program we need funds to provide equipment, education and opportunities for more volunteers and donors to glean fruit in their own community.
Santa Barbara County is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the state. While we benefit from the generosity of many farmers in the area we want to work with more farms, especially in the Santa Maria valley, to reduce waste in the fields. In order to do this we need to reach more donors and build up a volunteer base in Santa Maria with newly designed outreach materials.