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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters are layers of wealth, race, privilege and language that affect the ability of Central Coast communities to survive and thrive.

In this webinar, we explored how CEC’s Food Rescue program and other local efforts are working to support those most vulnerable to hunger – particularly students, unsheltered populations, farm workers and seniors. We also discussed the work of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network to equitably stitch together the torn fabrics of our food system – from local farmers and fishermen, to local restaurants and distributors.

Julia Blanton, SBC Food Rescue Program Coordinator, Community Environmental Council
Allegra Roth, Food and Climate Program Manager, Community Environmental Council
Shakira Miracle, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

Laura Capps, President of the Board of Education, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Past President of the Board, Community Environmental Council

Here are resources shared during the event that will help you stay engaged:

Reduce Food Waste

Build Local Food Resilience

Did you watch the webinar? Here are some next steps to consider:

  1. Share the webinar recording and the slide presentation of Creating a Shock-Proof Local Food System with friends, family, or colleagues.
  2. Tell us how we did and what future topics you’d like to learn more about. Take the survey.
  3. Learn more about the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network at
  4. Learn more about CEC’s Santa Barbara County Food Rescue program at
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