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!
Some years ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The treatments lasted several months. Fortunately, my cancer went into remission and I gained invaluable first hand knowledge of the fears and physical problems cancer patients have to deal with. I wish I knew then of the Organic Soup Kitchen's program of fighting cancer with their delicious, nutrient-dense, plant based soups. (And their volunteers deliver the soups free of charge to people who can't come to them.) This is an incredibly valuable program. I just wish it could extend beyond this community to serve more people in similar straits.
After years of following, attending events, and donating to Organic Soup Kitchen with my wife, I received the compliment of being asked to join the foundation's Board of Directors. In this capacity I have intimate knowledge of the work the organization performs and the selfless dedication and attention to detail of the founders, Anthony Carroccio and Andrea Slaby. Rising before the sun comes up each day and working into the evening they prepare delicious nutrient rich soups, painstakingly researched and made with only the most natural organic ingredients. Supported by donations, OSK's mission, based on the conviction that "No person, regardless of financial status, shall have to compromise the food they feed themselves or their family," is basic and necessary to the health and welfare of those they serve, including but not limited to, financially at risk families, isolated individuals and patients valiantly fighting the ravages of cancer. OSK has also developed a highly successful program to deliver their nutrient rich food to cancer patients both at home and in community institutions. To accomplish all this OSK has inspired a cadre of dedicated volunteers, many of whom have found new purpose in their own lives by serving others. In this way, the OKS formula benefits everyone involved.
OSK team are so compassionate to the individuals in the throes of cancer treatment by delivery of nutrient dense organic soups. On top of weekly service that create community building events from holiday dinners to this summer 5K fun run. I do appreciate them my whole family participated many OSK efforts whenever we can. Keep supporting OSK. They are for the community and serving them deligently for ten years strong !!!
Anthony and Andrea,OSK Founder's are two of the most hospitable and dedicated people I know. Every meal they serve feels like being at home with family. They have put careful thought into their nutritional quality soups without compromising flavor. In fact, for many people OSK is a life line toward having and maintaining health in our community. The soups are delicious, my favorite is the Tomato !!
OSK exudes healing. I have been volunteering in the kitchen packaging their nutrient dense soup. As a previous caregiver to my now healed cancer free husband, it has allowed me to heal too. We are also monthly donors. This non profit is one to be followed, involved with and given the opportunity to serve our community with your donation.
I like the OSK focus on supporting people dealing with cancer and degenerative diseases in the community. The focus on this under served population is much needed. The care taken to create their nutrient dense soups is admirable. I’m proud to support their work.
I've been helping OSK with their data structures and ongoing architecture. I have to keep in mind their growth because I have tried the soup and I know that people love and depend on it. I don't know anywhere else that people can get such nutrient-rich soups, especially for those that can't get such nutrients any other way.
As a couple we have been delivering soup to clients for two years.
Handing out the best possible medicine "real health food" is an honor.
John does the driving and sorting the soup and I meet and greet the clients. I enjoy talking to the clients to see how their week has been going and asking them what their favorite soup has been. Sometimes they have challenges and sometimes it is good news from their medical team.
The people we meet have become friends. Each week we are greeted by the soup team in the kitchen with smiles and thanks, but they are the hard workers who prepare and pack the food and keep track of all of us which is no easy task. We are happy to volunteer for such great cause and encourage others to volunteer and enjoy this great experience.
Joan and John Calder
I am a proud member of the OSK board, and a long time personal friend to the Carroccio family, whom I salute for their hard work, generosity and passion to be of service to the greater good of all... I know this is truly a wonderful organization founded in love, health, commitment to excellence and deep sense of community service.
The constant fine tuning, research and upgrades to their outreach community services, their top quality products, packaging and management is astounding. My contribution to OSK as a Holistic Health Coach is sharing my expertise and to make sure the Carroccio household is happy and healthy themselves, as they are working 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Every year OSK support my children's educational programs by showing up at the class rooms sharing about community service outreach to the less fortune and health compromised population. They offer soup to their events, food prep and bake pizza with the kids and engage them in making gratitude jars for the elders for the holidays - all which has made a HUGE difference in our children's awareness about caring and sharing. Thank YOU!
In my personal health practice I service many cancer patients, to whom I'm thrilled to be able to introduce to OSK healing soup's delivery service. They are all so grateful and excited to be getting delicious soups and treats to their door steps. Making their life just a little easier...
I've been to many of their special events and fund raisers, that are always FUN, full of food and happy, helpful and thankful people. Yet it always amazes me how much they do, and how many people they care for, and what a BIG difference they make in so many peoples lives... spite all the challenges to get sufficient financial support needed to keep production going, to expand and optimize the life giving services of ORGANIC SOUP KITCHEN. Amazing!
Thank you for including me on this soulful journey, and for being a BLESSING in my life.
I LOVE YOU guys! Anthony, Andrea, Tony and all your amazing crew of volunteers
I came to know the crew at Organic Soup Kitchen through a friend several years ago who had begun volunteering and really just couldn't shut up about it. I say that with love as well as rolling eyes. I met Andrea socially first and, like all excellent non-profit leaders, she immediately welcomed me to come down to the kitchen.
My professional background is in journalism and photography and I have enjoyed working for non-profits with missions close to my heart for many years. Doing work for non-profits is deeply worthwhile because most often they're working on a shoestring budget and a skeleton crew of staff. That, sometimes, can make for hurried interactions and not necessarily make a person feel terribly welcome or wanted.
Organic Soup Kitchen is the absolute exception to that experience. Andrea meets everyone with a radiant smile and open arms. I can't say enough about her warmth and sincerity. Andrea and Anthony genuinely care about their clients, their volunteers, their staff, and the entire community.
Within the past few years, I've dealt with some rather unpleasant health problems. Side effects from medications destroyed my teeth resulting in surgeries, pain, and difficulties eating. On top of that, I've had some rather pronounced gastrointestinal issues (which, for your benefit, I won't describe). Let's just say it was a bad time. In true form, Andrea added me to the soup delivery list.
I'm mildly embarrassed to say that I was skeptical when that first batch of soup arrived in my kitchen. I'll admit I had a cynical view of veganism even though I have a deep love of vegetables. I think it's possible I had only been exposed to bland, overcooked monstrosities masquerading as healthy food options.
I couldn't have been more wrong. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. I was dead wrong. Every single Organic Soup Kitchen delivery has been a delight. They're invariably flavorful. They smell and taste like food we harvested straight from our garden when I was a child. Even my veggie phobic spouse digs into the soups with relish.
Organic Soup Kitchen soups are as genuine and life-affirming as the people who make them. With all the heartbreak and strife in the world right now, is there any higher praise? I'm honored to be able to work with their team and support their mission.
I have known Andrea and Anthony for many years and have always admired their dedication and love for this special community through their hard work. However, when a dear friend of mine discovered that she had breast cancer, that is when I really found out what the OSK does. Andrea immediately signed me up so I could deliver their amazing soup to my friend during her treatment. She loved it and over the past 6 months, she has been extremely grateful to have such nourishing, healthy and delicious soup on hand....especially after her chemo sessions. I am grateful for this organization and for what it represents and for people like Andrea, Anthony and Tony who have committed their lives to helping other people - one spoonful at a time!!!
I have been delivering super nutritious organic soup to cancer patients for about 6 months. The Organic Soup Kitchen does a great job supplying hope and nourishment to the cancer community in and around Santa Barbara. I lost my father to cancer when he was 51 years old and I was just graduating college. When I turned 51 last year, I made it a goal to honor my father's hard fought battle with cancer by volunteering for something. I heard a presentation about the Organic Soup Kitchen by chance and knew I had to become a part of this special organization. The Organic Soup Kitchen is filled with kind, compassionate people. I am happy to be a part of their service to the community and look forward to increasing my participation in the future.
I've been volunteering at the OSK for 5 years now, and every time find a group if people reaching out to the less fortunate in our community. From 5:00 am on the effort to provide soup to cancer patents goes on, every day. It's a privalage to be a part of this each year.
As a donor and a volunteer with the OSK, there are so many opportunities to see the wonderful work that they are doing for the SB community!
By helping out with Tuesday soup deliveries to cancer patients and assisting in serving lunches at a local community center, it is easy to see the difference that they are making in the lives of so many in SB.
I’ve been volunteering for OSK for a few years now and I love it. I get to deliver soup to those who need it the most. I feel like this volunteering opportunity has allowed me to grow in many ways. I love the human connections I’ve made.
Andrea is so smart, humble and caring!!!! ❤️
Organic Plant based Nutrient Dense Food made and served with love is the best medicine.
I am a donor and a volunteer. Thanking everyone at Organic Soup Kitchen for their love and
support of those we serve and those of us who volunteer and donate. What a great way to give back, serve and make health miracles happen. Plant based serves the health of our earth
not only the health of those who we feed. Again thank you!
I have been harvesting fresh fruit from yards and commercial sites for 10 years
A number of people told me about the great work OSK does in our community
I introduced myself to both Anthony and Andrea and they immediately respond to my offer to bring them fresh produce
Over the years I harvest less and now deliver fresh soup and produce to seniors and cancer patients
The overwhelming gratitude of the recipients is equal to the dedication and selflessness of this organization
The people at OSK are my heroes and our community is fortunate to have them
I have been very proudly involved with Organic Soup Kitchen since day one! This team has a motor like no other - they do more with less...every day. They bring their positive energy, and warm, compassionate hearts to serve those in the community who need it the most. They deliver delicious soups that sustain, protect, and heal. Perhaps the most exciting thing is - they are just getting started! Donate and help this organization reach new levels of impact!
I have been a volunteer with the OSK for several years and have seen them grow in our community. The service they provide, the lives they touch, and their standing in our community are are unmatched by any local NFP. I credit this with the loving hearts, the tenacity, and the true altruism of their founders, Anthony and Andrea. Two more amazing people you will never meet. Please participate, donate, or just share accolades. They deserve it!
I have worked with the OSC for more than a year now. I have supplied surplus greens grown at the farm I help manage, and this last memorial day, I manned the grilling station and cooked hundreds of servings of chicken for poor and homeless vets. I have had lunch with local homeless to hear their stories, and helped chop veggies for later cooking. The OSC provides amazing food for the local needy (and anyone else) in a way that is not degrading, embarrassing, or belittling. Anthony and Andrea are truly driven to provide their best for all their clients and our community. Any experience with the OSC, either as customer, supplier, or helper, would leave one feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and valued.
Organic Soup Kitchen’s delivery was a true miracle as I was
not be able to eat, only drink liquids for months. They delivered soup weekly to me for 6 months, and now that I am healed, I am going to give back to them 10 fold.
The Organic Soup Kitchen is a Santa Barbara treasure. Co-operating with other social service agencies the Soup Kitchen’s primary focus is to provide nutritious food to needy seniors and low-income veterans. However, a specialty of the kitchen, are their national holiday celebration parties. Held at the Veteran’s Center and open to the general public, these parties provide an opportunity for clients and others to savor a truly “community happening.” Raising the spirits of all, attendees enjoy music, delicious food, entertainment and festive decorations. In the words of one client, “Hooray for the Kitchen! No more lonely holidays for me.”
Andrea Carroccio was the first person to introduce us to OSK. She did it through true and humble service (in our yoga sessions). Her contagious and positive attitude drew us to this incomparable community service and non-profit organization.
OSK staff and volunteers have devoted their life to helping and serving others. Not only have they fed and nurtured patients with cancer, but the needy. Their philanthropic mission has exceeded charitable goals by undertaking such an altruistic and transparent endeavor.
Floyd and I have been blessed by meeting her husband Anthony, son Tony and all the wonderful volunteers who unconditionally serve others.
We love and support OSK!!!
After 5 years of chemo and chemo side effects, including loss of appetite and weight loss, I was in dire need of nourishment. I heard about your delivery service of nutrient-dense organic soups to cancer patients... there’s not a better medicine imaginable.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 .
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.