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Organic Soup Kitchen Crab Boil Fundraiser Raises $30,000

Funds move low-income cancer patients, seniors, and chronically ill off waiting list   

Organic Soup Kitchen hosted a Crab Boil on Saturday June 5, raising $30,000 to support low income cancer patients, seniors and chronically ill who have been placed on the organization’s waiting list. As demand for nutritional services skyrockets and funding declines, Organic Soup Kitchen has been forced to put people on a waiting list for their services. The Crab Boil is the first in a series of pop up fundraising events that will provide a critical stream of revenue to support home delivery of their immune strengthening SoupMeals to Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable residents. Event pictures can be found here. 

“It was wonderful to see the community come together for a safe, outdoor celebration to support those who have been on our waiting list,” says Andrea Slaby, Chief Operating Officer at Organic Soup Kitchen. “The inundation of new clients has not slowed since the pandemic started, and our fundraising efforts will be critical in our ability to continue to nourish and provide food security to the thousands of residents facing medical and financial hardships. 

A leader in the organic food industry, Organic Soup Kitchen has been recognized for their integrity in selecting only premium whole food ingredients including organic produce and medicinal quality herbs and spices. Working closely with leading oncologists, they work diligently to formulate SoupMeal recipes that strengthen the immune system, promote healing and increase vitality. SoupMeals are hermetically sealed in BPA-free containers providing clients with 100% safe, clinically-backed nutrition with no additives, preservatives or fillers. SoupMeals are available for purchase and every SoupMeal sold provides soup to a community member in need. 

The fundraiser was made possible by the following organizations: Santa Barbara Fish Market, Andersen’s Bakery, Gethooked Seafood, SamSara Vineyards, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Santa Barbara Winery, Arosha Inc, Wendy Foster Boutique, Mollusk Surf Shop, Presqu’ile winery, Carr Wines, Open Potions, Chef Ayda Robana, Heritage Goods and Supplies, Salty Strings Band, Taiana Designs, Minotti Los Angeles, John Rapp Artist, Covet Boutique, Imagine Boutique, Jason & Linda Baffa. Inc., Stardust Boats, Artist Josh Soskin, Yoga Soup, Tamara Honey Interior Designs, Artist Trevor Gordon, Atwill Pilates, The Merito Academy, The Giefer’s, Sol Wave Water, Merci, Bill Howard Photography, Bree’och Bakery, Alan Parsons Project, Klaus Moeller Inc. For information please visit www.organicsoupkitchen.org.

Organic Soup Kitchen Gets a Makeover

A new antimicrobial floor and upgraded office space to better serve clients 

Organic Soup Kitchen’s 2,000 square foot commercial kitchen is closed for upgrades and will reopen on Monday, March 29th with a new antimicrobial floor and the addition of new office space. The non-porous epoxy floor will be waterproof, anti-skid and specially designed to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi and mold. Because of its safety and unparalleled hygienic properties, this type of flooring is commonly found in food manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare facilities. The new office space will be located above the kitchen and be a critical infrastructure improvement as the organization expands to meet skyrocketing demand. 

“Every step in our soup making process, from using organic whole foods to hermetically sealing each container, is to provide our clients with a product that is as clean, healthy and healing as possible,” says Andrea Slaby, Chief Operating Officer at Organic Soup Kitchen. “This antibacterial floor is just another example of our commitment to providing clients with a SoupMeal product that is 100% safe and free from viruses, bacterias and other airborne pathogens.” 

Since 2009, Organic Soup Kitchen has been the only organization in Santa Barbara County to handcraft and deliver metabolic oncology SoupMeals to the homes of low-income cancer patients, seniors and chronically ill. The esteemed Cancer and Chronic Illness Recovery Program has become a trusted resource for all residents facing medical or financial hardships. Clients are referred to Organic Soup Kitchen from nearly 20 of the most prominent agencies in the County’s public health and human services sector including Cottage Hospital and all of the local cancer centers. Organic Soup Kitchen also provides SoupMeals to nearly a dozen agencies that distribute them to their low income residents and clients who would otherwise not have access to nutrient dense food. 

A leader in the organic food industry, Organic Soup Kitchen has been recognized for their integrity in selecting only premium whole food ingredients including organic produce and medicinal quality herbs and spices. Working closely with leading oncologists, they work diligently to formulate SoupMeal recipes that strengthen the immune system, promote healing and increase vitality. SoupMeals are hermetically sealed in BPA-free containers providing clients with 100% safe, clinically-backed nutrition with no additives, preservatives or fillers. SoupMeals are available for purchase and every SoupMeal sold provides soup to a community member in need. For information please visit www.organicsoupkitchen.org.

Healing by Fostering Hope

In 1997, a group of breast cancer survivors and others came together to talk about having a place where women and men could come to receive practical advice and emotional support addressing the realities of a breast cancer diagnosis.  Today, with 23 years of service to the Santa Barbara community, the Breast Cancer Resource Center continues to stand at the ready with an unwavering message of hope and perseverance. 

When Georganne Lubin, a mother of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the road ahead – chemo, surgery, the unknown – was daunting, but the center’s home-like atmosphere, Reiki, Reflexology, and staff, many cancer survivors themselves, proved a salve. “What I found at the BCRC was a place of encouragement and hopeduring a time when my world was turned on its head by a cancer diagnosis with multiple treatments and surgeries,” Lubin says.

Amara, client with daughter

Silvana Kelly, Executive Director of the BCRC, is a survivor. Nearly two decades ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She watched her hair fall out, fought through months of treatment, recovery, and marveled at how after treatment, health improved daily and her physical strength returned.

So when a young woman with a recent diagnosis walks into the center, Kelly can, from a place of knowing, tell her that yes, you can get through this, your hair will grow back; and you will have the strength to play with your children again, and learn how to ask for help. Like Kelly, the center’s director of programs, outreach coordinator, and mammogram coordinator are all survivors.

“We are not the doctors to provide a cure, but we are the support system and family that will encourageand uplift clients, so they have the stamina to move forward while maintaining a semblance of mindful wellness,” Kelly says.

While the organization’s programs primarily focus on women because 99% of breast cancer cases affect them, Director of Donor Engagement Armando Martinez recently launched Men in Pink, a distinguished group of compassionate and philanthropic leaders dedicated to raising awareness and money to help the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbarawith their mission to support individuals facing breast cancer.

“Breast Cancer affects everyone,” Martinez says. “It also affects the lives of those standing strong, supporting a loved one through their journey”

Whether men supporting women as sons, friends, or partners, or women survivors helping those in the throes of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Resource Center is at the heart of providing better lives for everyone touched by this terrible disease.

“We know how to support and love and be there for you,” Martinez says. “That’s what we do, and that’s all we do.”

Life Saving Soup

Anthony Carroccio, Executive Director and founder of Organic Soup Kitchen, has a profound vision for his 120-gallon steam kettles.

“We see ways to use the medicinal value of whole organic food to make a difference in Cancer recovery.”

Since 2009, Anthony and his team have been working alongside leading Cancer specialists to formulate metabolically charged soup recipes high in phytonutrients.

“The correlation between organic food and disease is a powerful one,” Carroccio says. “If you had Cancer, or your mom had Cancer, and you only had two to three tablespoons of anything to give her a day, our soup is what you would give her.”

Carroccio and his team stick to a rigorous schedule to ensure that more than 600 Cancer patients and immune-compromised residents in Santa Barbara County are delivered the nutrient packed soups every week. Ninety-five percent of their clients are over 65 and facing financial hardship.

All SoupMeals are handcrafted weekly at the Organic Soup Kitchen’s downtown Santa Barbara, environmentally conscious, industrial sized kitchen. It all starts with a Sous-Chef and a team of trained kitchen workers slicing and dicing 500-600 pounds of organic produce – 90 percent sourced locally. After the soups are slowly cooked and hermetically sealed for safety in 24-ounce containers, they are hand delivered by a team of delivery drivers.

The recent addition of bone broth to the plant-based menu gives clients additional quality options and provides the extraordinary healing properties of the vitamins and minerals extracted from organic, free range chicken bones.

“We’re meeting a critical need locally, but the reality is that the crisis of food scarcity and a poor diet exists across our country,” Carroccio says. “We’d love nothing more than to expand our reach and help even more people in need of clinical nutrition.”

For a 10-year-old boy named Atlas battling T-Cell Leukemia, the Organic Soup Kitchen has been a saving grace: “Staying nourished has been a priority and a struggle throughout. Your beautiful soups are helping me to continue this quest for wellness. Thank you so very much!”