SBCFAN connects, aligns, and activates food system changemakers to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed.
Published in 2016, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan was conceived of and co-founded by the Community Environmental Council, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Orfalea Family Foundation (sunsetted).
More than 200 community members committed over 1,200 volunteer hours to help develop this strategy-based community “blueprint” for an accessible, thriving, sustainable, and healthy food system.
In 2019, these relationships were formalized through the launch of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network. The Santa Barbara Foundation continues to serve as a major partner by supporting in areas such as leadership, organizational development, and grant funding for projects that strengthen the resilience of the local food system.
Formed in 2019, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) supports efforts to advance goals of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan, a countywide, community-driven strategic plan that assessed and provided recommendations for how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food.
We have a stellar leadership team directing our efforts, but we are not the Network. You are.
What is a localized food system?
A localized food system encompasses the closed loop path of food as it moves from farm to table within the same region, including where it is grown, processed, distributed, consumed, and disposed of.
CONNECT. ALIGN. ACTIVATE.
SBCFAN strives to be your online hub for Food Action Plan activation – a place where you can easily find food system information and resources and get to work on the food system issues that are important to you. Click on Food Action Plan goals and key areas of investment to learn more – and be inspired to activate based on your passions and interests.
SBCFAN has provided network, resource, and/or policy support for the following projects:
The following success stories are a result of collaboration between food system actors and the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network. Click on a success story below to learn more about how together we are activating Food Action Plan goals throughout our region.