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Fall 2013 



Our mission: Creating opportunities for Santa Barbara County families to achieve stability.

In This Issue
Provider Summit
American Winter
Summer Food for Kids
Youth Corps Goes Solar
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Thursday, October 24, 11 am - 1 pm


Save the date for a FREE local Food Day celebration on Thursday, October 24, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Back Door Deli, Santa Barbara County Office Building Complex, 315 Camino Del Remedio in Santa Barbara.


Enjoy fresh produce, food demonstrations, healthy food samples, raffle prizes and hands-on activities.


CAC and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department are co-sponsors of this event. Partner organizations include the Foodbank, Harvest Santa Barbara, Fairview Gardens, Master Gardeners and IV Food Coop.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest sponsors Food Day nationally in collaboration with some 150 advocacy partners



 Head Start News     


 You did It!

Thanks to you, the Head Start Book Drive was a success! Every Head Start classroom has a full set of core books this Fall.

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Sol Food Festival - Helping Head Start Gardens Grow
Hope to see you at the Sol Food Festival this Saturday, September 28, in De La Cruz park. There will be a fun hands-on gardening activity at CAC's Los Ninos Head Start. Volunteers are welcome. No experience necessary.

Provider Summit


Sheriff Brown  
CAC and the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs sponsored a highly successful Service Provider Summit on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Santa Barbara. 

The Summit was designed to give the 200 attendees an opportunity to network with others while receiving the latest information on how to best serve challenged youth.  Above, Sheriff Brown arrives at the Summit.


Task force out to stop Santa Barbara County gangs.  


Featured Sponsor: 
Towbes Foundation 
CAC is grateful to the Towbes Foundation for its grant of $10,000 for the Healthy Senior Lunch program.The Towbes Foundation funds Santa Barbara County requests for Arts, Culture, and Humanities; Education;Health and Human Services;Social Services; and Free Enterprise.
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CAC is bustling with activity this fall. Head Start classrooms are back in full swing and every classroom has a full set of core books thanks to our generous 2013 Head Start Book Drive donors. We are also hosting two FREE events this month. Please join us for a free screening of the feature length documentary American Winter on Tuesday, October 17, at UCSB's Pollock Theater. Filmmaker Harry Gantz will be on hand for a panel discussion after the screening. You also won't want to miss Food Day 2013 on Thursday, October 24, a free celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. It's an opportunity to meet local growers, learn more about our food system and enjoy delicious food samples, cooking demonstrations and raffle prizes.

Hope to see you at the American Winter Screening (10/15) and the Food Day celebration (10/24)!

American Winter  

Please join us for a FREE screening of the HBO documentary "American Winter" and panel discussion with the filmmaker on Tuesday, October 15th, 7pm, Pollock Theater, UCSB. FREE reservation is required to reserve seats.
Panelists include filmmaker Harry Gantz, SB County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, and Good Samaritan Shelter Executive Director, Sylvia Barnard. Geoff Green, Fund for Santa Barbara Executive Director, will moderate.
Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter is a documentary that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The screening, panel discussion and reception are sponsored by CAC, the Carsey-Wolf Center, Fund for Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara County FoodBank.   

Summer Food for Hungry Kids


CAC served over 42,000 healthy meals to approximately 1000 local children at 19 countywide sites in low-income neighborhoods each day this summer. 


One of the sites was in New Cuyama, located off the beaten path - an hour's drive from Santa Maria, where CAC chefs prepare meals for children.  It wasn't easy getting lunches to Richardson Park in New Cuyama each day but CAC staff, volunteers and partners made it happen.  Special thanks to Kim Eichert and Dale Schumacher whose extraordinary efforts made this possibleRead More


Youth Corps Goes Solar

youth corps
Photo by Curt Taylor

CAC's Santa Barbara Youth Corp recently worked with Grid Alternatives on a solar installation project in Lompoc. This hands-on project included installation of wiring and solar panels. Youth Corps members absorbed a huge amount of cutting edge knowledge and helped the Central Coast move to healthier green power.  


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Thank you for your support of CAC. Together, we are making a difference in our community. 





Fran Forman, Executive Director

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County