The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in September is partnering with 17 local restaurants to host the first countywide Dine Out for Hunger campaign. The community effort will raise money to benefit the Foodbank and help end hunger in Santa Barbara County as part of Feeding America’s national Hunger Action Month.

Last year, Foodbank served 190,000 residents across the county, 40 percent of whom were children, through nutrition education programs, fresh produce distributions, and healthy-food pantries. Proceeds from the campaign will directly benefit children’s programs, senior nutrition services, and grocery distributions to families.

Each restaurant will donate $1 to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for each purchase of a select menu item. Participating restaurants include:

Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St., Santa Barbara
The Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos
Bettina, 1014 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara
Benchmark Eatery, 1201 State St., Santa Barbara
Bibi Ji, 734 State St., Santa Barbara
The Boathouse, 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara
Ca’ Dario, 37 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara
Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara
Khao Kaeng, 1187 Coast Village Road, Ste. 9, Montecito
Finch & Fork, 31 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
First & Oak, 409 1st St., Solvang
Industrial Eats, 181 Industrial Way, Buellton
Los Arroyos, 14 W. Figueroa St,, Santa Barbara
Mesa Burger,  315 Meigs Road, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara FisHouse, 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Satellite, 1117 State St., Santa Barbara
Soul Cal Smokehouse, 38 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Three Pickles, 126 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara and 420 S. Fairview Ave. # 104, Goleta
Toma, 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara

“We’re excited to be working with local restaurants who work so hard to feed and nourish our community,” said Nathalie Keller, Foodbank development manager.

“The Foodbank is honored that many of them are donating a portion of their best-selling items and are so happy to give back,” she said. “With the help of these restaurants, we’re hoping to make a big impact during Hunger Action Month.”

The Foodbank encourages anyone eating out in September to consider dining at one of the participating restaurants. Patrons should ask their server for the Dine Out for Hunger menu item. Each qualifying purchase provides eight meals to those facing hunger in local communities. Menu items include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Restaurants interested in joining the Dine Out for Hunger team should contact Keller at Dine Out for Hunger ends Sept. 30. Community members can learn more about how to help by visiting

For more information, visit

— Nathalie Keller for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.