The Santa Barbara Community is Like Peanut Butter — and Unity Shoppe — the Jelly!

By Giving List Staff   |   September 13, 2021

With school back in session, it’s an exciting time of the year for many children, but, sadly, there are thousands of low-income families living in our midst who face a shortage of food at home. The pandemic has made it incredibly challenging for many needy residents to feed their families, but supporting Unity Shoppe can help dramatically. Here’s how.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Low income families spend 60% of their income on rent, which means they don’t have as much to spend for food and other essentials!
  • Kids who face food insecurity every day find school 100% more difficult — persistent hunger interferes with their ability to focus and learn!

Unity Shoppe’s food shelves are nearly empty.

Peanut butter, whole grain cereals and other nutritious foods must be replenished in order to  give kids and their families the foods they need and love to eat! 

What’s more, throughout the month of September, a generous matching gift from our 90-year old friend, Theodore Sampson, will multiply donations from the Community.

Monetary donations can be made by mail to 1209 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; or online at www.unityshoppe.org/ways-to-give/ and clicking on the BACK TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE donate button.

 

Unity Shoppe

unityshoppe.org
Phone: (805) 979-9511
Donor Relations Director: Pat Hitchcock

Mission

Unity Shoppe, Inc.
For over 100 years, Unity Shoppe, Inc. has been building a sustainable support system for all those in our Community who face unforeseen crises by providing free, essential services: nutritious food, school clothing, senior care and volunteerism programs, and job training for youth and adults. Always a-political, non-denominational, and non-discriminatory: Unity Shoppe, Inc. is here for everyone.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

I Never Thought This Would Happen to Me

“Guardian angels have shown up throughout my life: my husband moved from New York for me, my district manager encouraged me to become a retail store manager, and last year it was Unity Shoppe. We lost our lease without warning and needed to move into a hotel with our children. Unity provided us with months of needed groceries. Today, we’re in our own place and eager to give back. We want others to know they’re not alone – it’s okay to ask for help!”
– Laura Symmonds

Striving to Become Debt Free

Fulfilling its mission and running a nonprofit at the scale of Unity Shoppe is a costly endeavor. A key component of maintaining sustainability is eliminating overhead. Currently Unity Shoppe is carrying $3.5 million in mortgage debt before it owns its property and is able to apply annual fundraising dollars entirely to support programs and services for Community residents in need. Donations designated to pay down the mortgage will be matched up to $1 million dollars by an anonymous donor.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Hooper, Vice Chairman, Community West Bank
Barbara E. Tellefson, President/Director of Operations, In Memoriam
Patti Boucher, Secretary, Union Bank VP
Reed Spangler, Treasurer-Financial Officer, MacFarlane & Faletti
Les Carroll, KZSB Radio General Manager
Frank Corral, Meta Law, Inc.
Susan Rodriguez, Brown & Brown Insurance President
Jerry Herzberg, Jer’s Repairs Heating and Air
Kenneth Kahn, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Jonatha King, King Communications Owner
David Prichard, US Trust, B of A Private Wealth Management
Thomas D. Reed, Executive Director