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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

What are the benefits of being a volunteer driver?

There are many benefits to volunteering as a driver with SBC Food Rescue:

  • Play a vital role in reducing hunger throughout Santa Barbara County
  • Reduce greenhouse gases by helping surplus food be diverted away from landfills and toward people facing hunger
  • Take advantage of eligible tax credits through a volunteer mileage deduction.
  • Commit as much time as your schedule allows

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.

Can I volunteer as a driver?

We look forward to engaging volunteer drivers in the near future. To be notified when volunteer opportunities are available, sign up below.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

What can I do with inedible food scraps?

Contact your local solid waste representative about food scraps collection.

LOCATION CONTACT INFO WASTE HAULER
City of Buellton Rose Hess
[email protected]
(805) 688-5177
https://www.cityofbuellton.com/departments/public-works.php
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
https://www.marborg.com/links/1921-collection-commercial/resources/7013-commercial-collection
City of Carpinteria Erin Maker
[email protected]
(805) 880-3415
https://carpinteria.ca.us/public-works/
EJ Harrison & Sons
http://www.ejharrison.com/services/commercial.html
City of Goleta Michael Winnewisser
[email protected]
(805) 690-5120
https://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/public-works/solid-waste-and-environmental-services-program
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
https://www.marborg.com/links/1921-collection-commercial/resources/7013-commercial-collection
City of Lompoc Adam Spaulding
[email protected]
(805) 875-8027
https://www.cityoflompoc.com/government/departments/utilities/solid-waste
City of Lompoc
City of Santa Barbara Dan Rowell
[email protected]
(805) 564-5691
https://www.sbrecycles.org
MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
https://www.marborg.com/links/1921-collection-commercial/resources/7013-commercial-collection
City of Santa Maria Herb Cantu
[email protected]
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7212
https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/utilities-sewer-water-trash/solid-waste-services/commercial-organics-recycling
City of Santa Maria
City of Solvang Bridget Elliott
[email protected]
(805) 688-5575
https://www.cityofsolvang.com/186/Solid-Waste-Collection
Waste Management
https://www.wm.com/us/en/services/recycling-and-sustainability/food-and-organic-recycling
County of Santa Barbara Kaitlyn Haberlin
[email protected]
(805) 882-3603
http://lessismore.org
South County – MarBorg Industries
Sarah Stark
[email protected]
https://www.marborg.com/links/1921-collection-commercial/resources/7013-commercial-collection
North County – Waste Management
https://www.wm.com/us/en/services/recycling-and-sustainability/food-and-organic-recycling

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.

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