Supporting healthy immunity with nutritious soup since 2009
Organic Soup Kitchen of Santa Barbara, CA, serves nutrient-dense soups to “support the health of cancer survivors, low-income seniors, and those with chronic illnesses,” according to their website.
“Organic Soup Kitchen provides oncology nutrition and addresses food insecurity to a diverse demographic of individuals struggling with the effects of cancer and chronic illnesses.”
OSK expanded by starting their Cancer Recovery Program in 2013. They’ve supported 15,000 cancer patients, serving over one million bowls. They collaborate with leading cancer specialists, providing trusted superfoods to reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and improve circulation.
They prepare with organic, non-GMO ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets. They’re vegan, plant-based, soy-free, and dairy-free, made with coconut milk. They blend every soup for easy consumption and digestion. Some cancer patients, like famous local drummer Eddie Tuduri couldn’t eat solid foods due to treatment complications.
I first discovered Santa Barbara Organic Soup Kitchen several years ago, when they operated at a veteran’s building where I attended recovery meetings. One of my friends is a volunteer, and I went to high school with the executive director’s son. I guess you could say they feel like family, even though I don’t know them all.
They felt even more personal when my dear late friend Andrea developed breast cancer. She had their soup delivered when she was recovering, and I brought her some once myself. Having a healthy preprepared meal from the Soup Kitchen improved her cancer recovery and helped her feel loved, and gave her much-needed rest and nutrition.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, they rely heavily on donations and volunteers to keep their operation going strong. They charge $15 for 24-ounces. You can opt to buy soup for others. You can become a “SouperHero” by donating or signing up to become a volunteer. They also have internships.
Organic Soup Kitchen delivers all over Santa Barbara County: Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Ynez Valley. They make their deliveries on Wednesdays from 9 AM-2 PM. Please leave an ice chest if you’re unable to come to the door, which will keep the soup fresh and warm for you. They also have pickups available at 608 Anacapa St, Suite C, from 8:30–11 AM.
According to last year’s local Santa Barbara news report from KEYT News, Organic Soup Kitchen tripled their weekly batches in May 2020, from 1–2 of their 120-gallon batches pre-pandemic to 6–8 per week.
Most people didn’t feel comfortable leaving home, and they limited their volunteer participation due to physical distance measures and immuno-compromised clients. Their workload increased to 12–15 hour shifts as they continued to provide healthy soups to the most vulnerable populations.
In 2021, they’re working hard, operating from their new kitchen. According to the latest February article in the Montecito Journal, they need more donations than ever before. They got a new refrigerator and are serving many people in the community. You can make a one-time donation or choose to support the organization monthly.
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