Providing community garden space for place-based learning, public health, nutrition education, and community empowerment.
Organic Soup Kitchen’s Cancer Recovery Program provides metabolic oncology SoupMeals to support the health of cancer survivors, low-income seniors, and those with chronic illness. SoupMeals are homemade from local, organic ingredients, providing optimal nutrition and food securityFood Security / Food Insecurity: Food security refers to the economic and social condition of reliable access to an adequate amount of food for an active, healthy life for all household members. A household is food insecure when food security does not exist. to thousands of Santa Barbara residents each year. SoupMeals are available for home delivery to residents throughout Santa Barbara County.
Sustainability is a top priority for Organic Soup Kitchen, where more than 1,200 pounds of excess produce per month from local farmers and food rescue organizations that would otherwise go to waste is turned into life giving soup. By perfecting a stabilizing method which allows for blanching or roasting fresh produce, then vacuum sealing it in its natural juices (without preservatives), Organic Soup Kitchen is able to deep-freeze and preserve nutrient dense produce for months longer. This process closes the food system loopClosed Loop Food System: As opposed to a linear food system that follows consumption of food from field to plate to waste, a closed loop food system is a more sustainable model that follows food from field to plate to field with little or no waste. on waste and builds capacity for food resilienceFood Resilience / Resilient Food System: A food system that can withstand and recover from unforeseen disturbances and changes over time to supply sufficient, appropriate, and accessible food for all., especially during disasters.
Learn more about Organic Soup Kitchen’s SoupMeals and how you can “buy one, give one.”