Started in 1983, our Brown Bag Programs for Seniors serves 1,026 very low-income older people who struggle to pay for housing, health care and basic needs on fixed incomes. Program participants receive two bags of groceries and fresh produce each month to supplement their food budgets and to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
Twice a month, at 15 Brown Bag distributions throughout the county, the Foodbank provides a grocery bag of nutritious staple foods including high-protein items, canned soups, pasta, cereal, eggs, bread and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Over 150 volunteers, many of whom are Brown Bag program participants, are essential to the success of the program, helping assemble bags of groceries and making home deliveries.
Who is Served
More than a thousand very low-income older people in Santa Barbara County struggle to pay for housing, health care and basic needs on fixed incomes. The average Brown Bag recipient is a 75-year-old woman living on less than $900 a month. Some participants, who have a doctor’s note verifying that they cannot reach a Brown Bag program location independently, receive groceries and produce by home delivery.
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Brown Bag Program was awarded the 2013 Senior Citizen Program of the Year by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens – Area Agency on Aging & AARP representing both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties for our impact in the senior community.
Sign up for the Brown Bag Program
**Please Note: If you don’t have an email address, home address, or phone number; please just type ‘none’ in the answer box. Maximum income requirement is $1,507.50 for individuals and $2,030.00 for couples.**
For more information about this program, please contact the following:
North County (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Los Alamos, Solvang, New Cuyama):
Paulina Llamas-Aranda at email@example.com
South County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria):
Janessa Van Vechten at firstname.lastname@example.org