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Santa Barbara County Food Rescue : a CEC program

What is the complete donation process for a Recipient Organization?

SBC Food Rescue uses Chowmatch to connect food donors with recipient organizations. Follow these steps to complete the donation process:

  • Create a ChowMatch profile for your organization here. Chowmatch will request information about your organization’s needs and storage capacity.
  • ChowMatch will notify your organization of food donation matches in your region.
  • When the food arrives at your organization, check that the container it was transported in is clean, the food packaging is still sealed and there is no evidence of prior storage at improper temperatures.
  • For temperature sensitive items:
    • Immediately take a sample temperature.
    • Please add this temperature to the “Summary” field of your “Food Run” (for example: “Chicken Soup – 38 degrees”)
    • Click Recipient—> select “My Food Runs”—> “My Past Food Runs” —> Click the Pencil Icon – add a temperature sample in the Summary Field and update the pounds as necessary. Click Submit.
  • If the donation received doesn’t match the reported weight:
    • Please weigh the food and update information on the “Food Run” to reflect actual weights.
    • Click Recipient—> select “My Food Runs”—> “My Past Food Runs” —> Click the Pencil Icon – Update the pounds. Click Submit.
  • After temperature and weight have been recorded:
    • Electronically sign the “Food Run” to finish the process.
    • Click Recipient—> select “My Food Runs”—> “My Past Food Runs” —> Click on the check mark icon and submit your electronic signature.

What is the complete donation process for a food donor?

SBC Food Rescue uses Chowmatch to connect food donors with recipient organizations. Follow these steps to complete the donation process:

  1. Create a ChowMatch profile here.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email after your profile has been reviewed and approved (usually within 48 hours).
  3. “Schedule a food run” in ChowMatch. Requests will indicate how much and what type of food is being donated. Donors can also set recurring donations.
    • For temperature sensitive items, take a sample temperature.
    • Please add this temperature to the “Summary Description of Food” field (for example: “Chicken Soup- 38 degrees”).
  4. After submitting the donation, you will receive a confirmation that the “Food Run” has been scheduled.
  5. You will get a second confirmation once a volunteer/driver agrees to transport the food from the donor to recipient organization. This will include the driver’s contact information.
  6. Please remember to log in and cancel a “Food Run” if the donation is no longer available

Testimonial – St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara

Thanks to the SBC Food Rescue Program, we are able to serve approximately 50-60 meals a day to homeless individuals who would otherwise not have anything at all to eat. This program is literally keeping our clients and program afloat and we are so grateful.

Jacob Andrade, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services
St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara

Testimonial – Sarah House

It is hard to find the right words to describe this wonderful thing you are doing, not just for Sarah House, but for so many others that are receiving a meal. I am certain that the giver is just as fulfilled as the receiver, if not perhaps even more. You have found a way to protect those that have always wanted to give, but were concerned with finding themselves in a problem for just doing something good – feeding someone. Thank you for this great service. You are planting some amazing seeds, and touching many more people than you perhaps ever thought you would.

Paloma Espino, Manager
Sarah House

Testimonial – New House II

Hi Julia, I wanted to personally say thank you for introducing me to this food rescue program. About a year ago I received any email from a person concerned about utilizing food better. I thought I would be a good resident/business manager of Santa Barbara and show up to this meeting to help save our food scraps for compost. I was really surprised to see so many large players in Santa Barbara show up to support the food rescue program. I learned soon after how much more goes into saving food, from the store, to a local non-profit, then to compost. Julia has introduced Santa Barbara New House to local businesses looking to donate food helping us in my journey to provide a safe, affordable, nutritious environment for our clients.

Scott E. Huenemeier, House Manager
New House II

Who can be a recipient?

Nonprofit organizations that provide food to community members in need are eligible to receive food donations through SBC Food Rescue. Examples include senior centers, food pantries, low-income housing, and residential facilities. Click here to view a list of our current recipient organizations.

Organizations may need to register as a Limited Service Charitable Food Operation if their facility is not already a permitted food facility. You can read more about these requirements here.

What can I do with inedible food scraps?

Contact your local solid waste representative about food scraps collection.

City of Buellton Rose Hess
[email protected]
(805) 688-5177
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
City of Carpinteria Erin Maker
[email protected]
(805) 880-3415
EJ Harrison & Sons
City of Goleta Michael Winnewisser
[email protected]
(805) 690-5120
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
City of Lompoc Adam Spaulding
[email protected]
(805) 875-8027
City of Lompoc
City of Santa Barbara Dan Rowell
[email protected]
(805) 564-5691
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
City of Santa Maria Herb Cantu
[email protected]
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7212
City of Santa Maria
City of Solvang Bridget Elliott
[email protected]
(805) 688-5575
Waste Management
County of Santa Barbara Kaitlyn Haberlin
[email protected]
(805) 882-3603
South County – MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
North County – Waste Management

What are AB 1826 and SB 1383 and how do they affect donors?

Beginning January 1, 2019, AB 1826 requires businesses that generate four+ cubic yards of solid waste per week to establish an organic waste recycling program. SB 1383 establishes guidelines for organic waste reduction and edible food recovery targets for businesses. Donation of surplus food is one way to comply with AB 1826 and SB 1383. Read more about these laws and how they affect donors here.

Are donors liable for the food they donate?

If the food is fit for human consumption and is donated in good faith to nonprofits or individuals, then donors are protected from liability as established in the California Good Samaritan Act. Read more about laws protecting donors here.

Watch this video from a similar program in Orange County that details the state laws and echoes the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s desire to support food recovery efforts.

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