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The Isla Vista Food Co-op located adjacent to UC Santa Barbara, about 10 miles north of Santa Barbara, reaches out to their Spanish language community by providing bilingual information about the co-op, including benefits of joining, basic needs, how to shop on a budget, store tips and tours, food demonstrations, and recipes. Most in-person outreach takes place at a monthly food pantry distribution that is offered at a local elementary school that includes organizations and resources sharing bilingual health and nutrition education, along with free food from the Santa Barbara Foodbank. IVFC has become a pillar of healthy food access for their community by putting every dollar earned back into their co-op, including education and outreach programs, and building strong partnerships with other local organizations. Much of the Co-op’s education and outreach initiatives fall within their FLOWER (Fresh, Local, Organic Within Everyone’s Reach) Healthy Food Access Program, which also includes bilingual nutrition education and other healthy food access elements. The IVFC also provides support by offering small financial and in-kind donations to a variety of local community groups through their Community Outreach and Donations Program. The purpose of this program is to serve the general welfare of their members and of the public by providing assistance for projects aimed at the betterment of the community.

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