Picnic in the Park

Launched in 2011

EndSummerHunger_Fbook_V2For many children who receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school year, summer can mean hunger.

Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-priced meals at school, summer can mean hunger.

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Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. In fact, 84% of children in our county who receive free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year don’t receive any meal assistance during the summer, a time of critical brain development. That’s 34,000 children in our community.

Picnic in the Park offers free, nutritious meals, activities and enrichment opportunities to ensure that summer is fun for all kids in our county.

Who is Served

All children ages 1 – 18, now at 11 key location sites throughout the county.

How the Program Works

Picnic in the Park Program

The Foodbank provides free nutritious meals to children in our county during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Healthy summer meals are served at various locations countywide – Monday thru Friday for ten weeks. There are no income requirements, and any child 18 and under is welcome to come and receive a free, delicious lunch every weekday this summer. We also offer activities, games, and enrichment lessons at our sites throughout the summer. There is no sign-up or registration process and meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

2017 Picnic in the Park Schedule (lunches everyday Mon – Fri)
June 19 – August 4
SITE LOCATION (North County)                                             Lunches Served
Rice Park, 700 E. Sunset Ave, Santa Maria                               M – F 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Minami Park, 600 W. Enos Dr. Santa Maria                             M – F 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM
Vet’s Memorial, 313 W. Tunnell St. Santa Maria                      M – F 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Grogan Park, 1155 W. Rancho Verdes St. Santa Maria          M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Russell Park, 1000 W. Church St. Santa Maria                         M – F 12:10 PM- 1:10 PM
Los Adobes de Maria I, 1026 W. Boone St., Santa Maria        M – F 11:40 AM- 12:40 PM
Mariposa Townhouses, 290 Parkview South Orcutt                M – F 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM
Guadalupe Ranch Acres, 1056 Escalante St. Guadalupe         M – F 12:40 PM – 1:40 PM
Riverview Apts., 220 Calle Ceasar E. Chavez Guadalupe         M – F 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

June 26 – July 28
SITE LOCATION (Mid County)                                                           Lunches Served
Los Alamos County Park, 500 Drum Canyon Rd., Los Alamos       M – F 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

June 13 – August 3 
SITE LOCATION (South County)                                                            Lunches Served
Santa Barbara Public Library 40 E. Anapamu St. Santa Barbara       M – F 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Utilize this Summer Food Directory_Santa Barbara County  for a full listing of summer food providers.

Picnic in the Park offers free, nutritious meals, activities and enrichment opportunities to ensure that summer is fun for all kids in our county. To find a summer lunch site near you, check out our list of sites below or text ‘SUMMERFOOD’ to 877-877 sponsored by Share Our Strength, CAC and local school districts.


Community volunteers and groups manage and support individual park sites, handing out lunches, organizing food literacy training and summer games. Click here to get involved. For further questions about volunteering, please contact: Volunteer Services (805) 403-2471 for South County sites, or Monica Buenrosto (805) 937- 3422 x 0 for North County sites.

Other Summer Food Programs: coming soon