The Brown Bag programs provides two bags of groceries and fresh produce each month to seniors facing food insecurity in Santa Barbara County. The program is designed to supplement food budgets and allow seniors to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle. To become a participant in the program, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page or reach out to the contacts listed below.
Started in 1983, our Brown Bag Programs for Seniors currently serves 1,026 low-income seniors on fixed incomes who struggle with housing, health care and other costs. 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.
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Sign up for the Brown Bag Program
Thank you for applying to the Brown Bag Program. In order to qualify as a recipient, each applicant must be over 60 years old OR 55 years old with a disability and must self-certify that they make below the following Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) Maximum Income Guidelines listed below.
Gracias por solicitar su participación en el Programa Brown Bag. Para ser elegible cada solicitante deberá tener 60 años o más o 55 años con una discapacidad y auto-certificar que su ingreso mensual no excede los límites de ingreso máximo establecidos para el Programa de Ayuda para Alimentos de Emergencia (EFAP), como se indica más abajo.
**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 $1,561.25 for individuals and $2,113.75 for couples.**
** Tenga en cuenta: si no tiene una dirección de correo electrónico, domicilio o número de teléfono; simplemente escriba “ninguno” en el cuadro de respuesta. El requisito de ingreso máximo es de $ 1,561.25 para individuos y $ 2,113.75 para parejas. **
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):
Genesis Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org
South County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria):
Jareli Jimenez at email@example.com
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Services for Seniors – State of California
A Guide to Senior Living in Southern California
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The Boomer’s Roadmap for Aging in Place: How to Prepare Today for your Senior Years
Older Adults Technology Services
Thanks to ElderImpact.org for sharing these resources.