Started in 1983, our Brown Bag Programs for Seniors serves 1,692 very low-income elderly people who 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. Recipients receive two bags of groceries each month to supplement their food budgets and to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
Twice a month, at 14 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 recipients, are essential to the success of the program; helping assemble bags of groceries and making home deliveries.
Who is Served
Almost 1,692 very low-income elderly people who 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.
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 County for our impact in the senior community.
In 2013, the Brown Bag Program expanded to two additional program sites in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara in Lompoc and People’s Self-Help Housing in Santa Maria. By the end of the year, the Brown Bag program reached almost 300 new clients including preexisting program sites. With support from Feeding America in collaboration with the AARP Foundation for our Brown Bag Program for Senior Citizens, the Foodbank is dedicated to making bigger strides both locally and nationally to further close the meal gap for seniors in Santa Barbara County.
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. Minimum income requirements are $1,471.25 for Individuals and $1,991.25 for Couples.**
For more information about this program, please contact
Community Programs Coordinator Paulina Llamas-Aranda at