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Organic Soup Kitchen

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Causes: Cancer, Food, Health, Health (General & Financing), Nutrition, Soup Kitchens

Mission: Organic Soup Kitchen (OSK) works to ensure that every family and individual has access to quality healthy food, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or financial status. We believe that humanity can heal itself of many ills when we begin with a foundation of a strong immune system. We support this by offering clinically-based nutrition and functional education.

Results: 89,315 Meals served in 2016

Target demographics: Organic Soup Kitchen (OSK) works to ensure that every family and individual has access to quality healthy food, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or financial status. We believe that humanity can heal itself of many ills when we begin with a foundation of a strong immune system. We support this by offering clinically-based nutrition and functional education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: we serve 89,000 meals to the City of Santa Barbara

Geographic areas served: Santa Barbara, California

Programs: organic nutrient-dense soup programs to seniors, at-risk women, families, cancer patients, veterans, and more

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emily K. B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known and supported the OSK team for many years. I have watched them grow into the incredible nonprofit they are today. They are a team of dedicated, kind, and caring individuals who make a huge difference in the lives of those they support. I feel really good knowing that the donations I make to OSK go directly to their recipients in the form of nourishing nutrient dense food and also supportive services. This is an organization that is all heart and their soups are most definitely made with love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Organic Soup Kitchen is a wonderful organization, committed to serving wholesome, organic food to those who need it most, from seniors to veterans to the homeless. It is a true honor to be involved. I wholeheartedly support and endorse the Organic Soup Kitchen.

Donor

Rating: 5

A brilliant and thoughtful way to give back to the community. The OSK really helps folks in need with a grass roots approach. Cancer runs in my family, the OSK would have been a very welcome hand in our time of need. I’ve been a fan/supporter for years and will continue to do so!

Well done OSK!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've seen Organic Soup Kitchen in action - making soup for weekly clients, serving community meals, feeding veterans, running fundraisers, and so much more. They are constantly moving, but constantly serving. They are great to their volunteers and clients. I recommend becoming involved with them as they truly make you feel part of a COMMUNITY!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this program. Nothing has helped me more to stay in remission from breast cancer. the soups are delicious, healthy, and satisfying. And the chia pudding makes a delicious, delectable dessert. Couldn't do without them!

1 Suzan S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Organic soup kitchen had kept me healthy .
I had surgery and had trouble eating (chewing)and keeping food down.
Organic soup is full of veggies and organic ingredients . The soup still helps me get my veggies and vitamins because I continue to have chewing and digestion priblems.
Organic soup for me is a God send.
Thank you for all that you do .

Donor

Rating: 5

As a health care provider in the Santa Barbara community, I am thrilled to partner with OSK!!
They provide an underserved population with nutritional dense organic soups. Often times, cancer patients are encouraged to eat/drink packaged processed, sugar laden foods, which only perpetuates the vicious battle of cancer. As a doctor, I am keenly aware that cancer cells thrive in the presence of sugar. Organic Soup Kitchen delivers vegan, organic, gluten free soups full of nutrients that these patients desperately need to heal. This is an extremely valuable and unique service. I highly recommend supporting their endeavors and programs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People don't get any better then Anthony, Tony and Drea! Everything they do comes from the heart and they TRULY make a difference. They are always the first to help me out with an event by donating some snacks and drinks and willing to do more. Completely selfless, totally passionate and I will continue to do anything and everything I can to support them. The Organic Soup Kitchen is so very worthy of a "Top-Rated" title. -Beth Eisele

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To tell the whole story about the Organic Soup Kitchen would take a few days. It starts with 2 of the biggest hearts the world has seen, Anthony and Andrea Carroccio. These 2 and the now the many others who assist give back to the Santa Barbara Community in ways that make all feel love in a world that needs so much more. During the Holidays and through out the year, they spend their time taking care of the ones who need a hand, hug, smile, and a hot meal the most. They reach out so others can get a helping hand and improve their lives. Its a pure joy to be in their presence, the positive energy is a blessing for all.
Denis

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For years I have enjoyed volunteering for Organic Soup Kitchen. I have observed culinary excellence in Ingredient selection, storage, preparation and presentation surpassing what I would expect of a high end restaurant.
This year I became a client on occasion. I needed fresh wholesome meals, due to the effects of chronic illness, side effects and expense of medications the simplest of tasks had become problematic. I discovered that OSK not only provides great food but also offers the opportunity for isolated people to enjoy a sense of community and purpose. Breaking bread together heals the soul.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Of all the possibilities of non-profits I could be involved in I am proud to continue to support OSK and all their great work.

What a wonderful job they do in the community, changing and improving lives daily using the power of food!

Thank you Organic Soup Kitchen for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is an amazing team of people who absolutely love what they are doing! The whole process of collecting the igredients to preparing and delivering the meals is a soulful efficient collective effort! The organic soup kitchen is an impeccable example of a non profit that operates from the heart, involves community, delivers quality and participates in nourishing cancer patients.

4 J'Nelle H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About twenty years ago, we were invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Anthony Carraccio's home. We didn't know him, but he made us very welcome, with tons of food that he had cooked. It was a gathering of various people who didn't have a place to go on this family oriented holiday. Our friendship grew over the years, and Anthony began making delicious organic soup for homeless or just people in need. Soon after he founded a non-profit to feed more and more people. That is his labor of love, to feed people. And not just any food, but the highest quality, organic vegetables. In his own words, "everybody deserves to have good food." Soon we were all participating in the first Thanksgivings at the Veteran's Center in Santa Barbara, where hundreds of people were volunteering to help prepare and serve. There were Christmas meals, Easter meals and the crows grew year after year. The most amazing thing about it all–– more than the quality of the food, more than the stellar entertainment at these community meals, more than the gifts and vital necessities given–– was the true communal meal itself. At times it brought me to tears to see the volunteers (who treated the "guests" like real guests) sit down and eat their own meal, right along side a minority family, or aging Veteran or homeless, handicapped person. Everyone is waited on, catered to, "served" in the true sense of the word. Elected officials from local, state and national level were servers as well as guests. This is the true meaning of community! And the Organic Soup Kitchen is the only example of such unconditional love, that I have ever known.

1 Hollye J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Organic Soup Kitchen has been an asset to the Santa Barbara Community for the last 8 years. They serve nutrient-dense organic soups to cancer patients and seniors. Every Holiday they open up their doors to the public and serve a full feast to the community. My family has volunteered with them for the past three years, both delivering soup to cancer patients and seniors as well as at their joyous feasts. Organic Soup Kitchen serves not only the body, but also the mind and spirit in a respectful, supportive and loving way. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Organic Soup Kitchen!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about Organic Soup Kitchen three years ago while I was living in Germany. I followed OSK on Facebook and watched their nonprofit evolve from halfway around the world. Now back in Santa Barbara, I've gotten to know both Anthony and Andrea. Their dedication to seniors and veterans is unparalleled. Preparing nutrious organic food from the heart for the soul is a powerful way to connect community. Their work is vital and they do it all with joy and generosity of spirit. They are living angels.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Organic Soup Kitchen is more than a non profit organization in my eyes. In every container of soup that we make and in every meal that we serve there is a little bit of ourselves, which is our love for what we do. I, as a volunteer look forward every morning to going to the kitchen and working hard to enrich the lives of our local veterans and our patients. We at the kitchen have generous hearts and work hard until the last person is fed, which requires over 12 hour days sometimes. The vision and direction of Anthony, Andrea, and Tony we as volunteers are a well oiled machine and capable of performing any task. I've been lucky enough to witness events that we have catered and with the direction of these three feeding hundreds of peoples not what I would say easy, but extremely manageable. By watching them it has helped me in my career and directing people with compassion instead of a strong arm approach. I started out with washing dishes at the kitchen, but now I cook beside these three and make soup and nothing makes me more happy than seeing the smiles on our patients faces when I deliver. The Organic Soup Kitchen has brought so much joy into my life, by spending time with family and friends for a good. I can't imagine not doing what I can to support this organization in some way, because of the smiles that they bring to me and all the lives that they touch in in Santa Barbara on a daily basis. These are two of my favorite moments at the kitchen, the first one was the first time I ever volunteered at the kitchen and the second is the joy that is brought to all the volunteers by Anthony and Andrea

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the wealthiest places in America have homeless people. Every day homeless people go HUNGRY in Santa Barbara.
Organic Soup Kitchen works HARD to provide food for the elderly and the homeless. The team puts in endless hours for the mentally ill, drug addicts and alcoholics that have nothing to eat because of their sad conditions life has given them.
Not only are they feeding the homeless, they are feeding them healthy organic food which is expensive. They care what goes into the bodies of the less fortunate people. Organic Soup Kitchen keeps them healthy. The opportunity to live another day.
We can go to the store and buy our fruits and vegetables but the homeless can't.
This is not a high profile, fashionable non profit, like the performing arts. This is an area where most people don't want to be associated , so they stay away from help feeding the homeless.
Organic Soup Kitchen braves the streets to feed the hungry people in our town. They are the hardest working group of people I know. Unconditional love for the homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered one Thanksgiving washing dishes for the Organic Soup Kitchen and had such a fulfilling time giving back that year. All of the familiar faces around the Veteran's Building (volunteers, staff, locals) - it was a space filled with love and good food. The following year I was lucky enough to DJ during dinner for the soup kitchen and bring dancers to perform as well. I took a bunch of song requests for one homeless man who loved great music - he even wanted the "Mashed Potato" song - so much fun! Andrea and Anthony are caring people who are just doing what they weren't meant to do and they radiate positivity in the community and have been great to work with. I always jump at the chance to volunteer for the OSK!! Hope to see it's services continue to flourish for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of OSK since its inception many years ago. I will never forget volunteering at their first Thanksgiving. At that time they were a small group of people wanting to be of service and to give back to our local community to the people that needed it the most, oir veterans and our homeless. Many times which are one in the same.

Over the years I have volunteered when I could. What they have accomplished is nothing short of a miracle. Not only do they prepare the best holiday meals in town, they created healthly vegan soups which they deliver to the elderly and those stricken with cancer.

As far as I'm concerned they are number 1. Anthony, Andrea, and Tony Carroccio had huge dreams and visions. I'd say they have succeeded 1000%.

I'm proud to call them my friends.

Caren Abdela

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Donor

Rating: 5

My company has been involved with Organic Soup Kitchen in donating product for their free meals to the public as well as volunteering during their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. One of the reasons we enjoy working with them is because we have seen first hand what an amazing contribution they give to the community, not only do they provide a nutritious organic home cooked meal but they provide an environment of friendship and support that brings smiles to so many faces and warmth to peoples hearts, not only adults but children and the elderly. The volunteers are getting just as much from helping as the attendees are getting. It is a priceless gift to all and one that parents can share with their children as an example of kindness and gratitude and thoughtfulness in helping the less fortunate. Andrea and Anthony and their staff are amazing!