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.

PIP logo basket

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 15 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.

Program Impact

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.

KICK-OFF EVENTS

NORTH COUNTY
JUNE 15
Grogan park
Santa Maria, CA
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Activities: Art activities provided by Santa Maria Recreation and Parks, DJ Pete Ruiz providing music, bike blender, and more!

SOUTH COUNTY
JUNE 15

Goleta Valley Community Center
5679 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Activities: Art activity by the Santa Barbara Art Museum, music by local students, bike blender, and more!

2016 Picnic in the Park Summer Lunch Locations
South County Locations
Memorial park Estero Park (I.V. Teen Center)
M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM M – F 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016 June 20 – Aug. 19, 2016
1550 Santa Ynez Ave. 889 Camino Del Sur
Carpinteria, CA Isla Vista, CA
Storke Ranch Apts. Goleta Valley Community Center
M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016
6822 Phelps Road 5679 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA Goleta, CA
St. Vincent’s Gardens Casa De Las Flores
M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM M – F 11:45 PM – 12:45 PM
June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016
4235 Pozzo Circle 4096 Via Real
Santa Barbara, CA Carpinteria, CA
Santa Barbara Public Library
M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
June 13 – Aug. 19, 2016
40 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA
North County Locations
Los Alamos County Park Veteran’s Memorial Park
M – F 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM M – F 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
June 27 – July 30, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016
500 Drum Canyon Rd. 545 N. Pine St.
Los Alamos, CA Santa Maria, CA

*In partnership with Santa Maria Rec

and Park’s Safe and Strong Program

Grogan Park PSHH Los Adobes de Maria I
M – F 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 13 – Aug.5, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016
1155 W. Rancho Verde 1026 W. Boone St.
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA

*In partnership with Santa Maria Rec

and Park’s Safe and Strong Program

Rice Park PSHH Los Adobes de Maria II
M – F 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016
700 E. Sunset Ave. 1138 W. Boone St.
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA

*In partnership with Santa Maria Rec

and Park’s Safe and Strong Program

North Preisker Park Newlove Community Center
M – F 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016 June 13 – Aug. 5, 2016
801 W. Boxcar 1619 S. Thornburg
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA

*In partnership with Santa Maria Rec

and Park’s Safe and Strong Program

*In partnership with Santa Maria Rec

and Park’s Safe and Strong Program

*NOTE: All program sites will be closed July 4, 2016.

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: Caitlin Henry at chenry@foodbanksbc.org or (805) 967-5741 x 112 for South County sites, or Darlene Chavez at dchavez@foodbanksbc.org or (805) 937- 3422 x 109 for North County sites.

Summer Food Programs

Find more summer food programs here!

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