SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Giving Tuesday got a second act Wednesday when the Food Bank of Santa Barbara received a $12,000 donation.
Wednesday morning Graham Farrar presented a check on behalf of The Farmacy, Glass House Farms and CARP Growers to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara.
Farrar, who is Glass House Farms owner, said, “The cannabis industry is built on compassion, as we all go through the COVID-19 event together, compassion is more important now than ever. Food insecurity is a pressing and present issue in our community, especially now, The Food Bank is supporting the most vulnerable in our community. We have received a lot of help over the years, we are honored at The Farmacy, Glass House Farms, and CARP Growers to be able to return that and be a helper in this challenging time.”
On Tuesday a spokeswoman for the Food Bank of Santa Barbara, Judith Smith-Meyer, told KEYT, “We expect to spend, in the next two months, $60,000, $60 to $80,000, just on produce.”
Smith-Meyers continued estimating the Foodbank of Santa Barbara has distributed nearly 3 million pounds of food in less than two months during the COVID-19 health emergency.
“That’s just a degree of need that we’ve never encountered before. So we are having to supplement donations with much more purchased food than we normally would,” said Smith-Meyers.
Wednesday donation of $12,000 plus the $30,000 raised on Giving Tuesday means the Food Bank of Santa Barbara has raised $42,000 this week.