Brown Bag Program

For seniors looking for grocery delivery during the COVID-19 situation, please CALL 211. No sign-up for the Brown Bag Program is necessary at this point. 

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. 

OC2513RB_FoodBank331-LStarted 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.

Program Impact

Our Brown Bag program allows participants to supplement their food budgets and to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle.
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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.

Program Sites

North County

  • Foursquare Church, Santa Maria
  • Riverview Townhomes, Guadalupe
  • Dick DeWees Center, Lompoc
  • Stanley Horne Homes Weitzel Center, Lompoc
  • Orcutt Presbyterian Church
  • PSHH Valentine Court, Santa Maria
  • Vineyard Church, Santa Maria
  • Golden Village, Santa Ynez
  • Village Chapel, Lompoc

South County

  • Goleta Valley Community Center
  • Pilgrim Terrace, Santa Barbara
  • Presidio Springs, Santa Barbara
  • St. Vincent’s Villa Caridad, Santa Barbara
  • Carpinteria Veteran’s Building
  • Westside Neighborhood Center, Santa Barbara

Program Partners

Opportunities to Get Involved

Additional resources for seniors.

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 ggutierrez@foodbanksbc.org

South County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria):
Jareli Jimenez at jjimenez@foodbanksbc.org

More Resources for Seniors

Services for Seniors – State of California
A Guide to Senior Living in Southern California
A Checklist for Aging in Place
Find Aging in Place Contractors in California
32 Room-by-Room Home Safety Tips
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.

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