Kid’s Farmers Market

Launched in 2011

National Recognition: 2011 Program of the Year Award from Feeding America

150204-FA-CA-021Our Kid’s Farmers Market Program is an interactive approach to improving the long-term health of low-income children in Santa Barbara County. Each month the Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to children from low-income families at 17 afterschool programs countywide. The program encourages active, healthy living connecting these children with nutrition education and a reliable, year-round produce source essential for their health and development.

Who is Served?

Elementary School children from low-income families participating in afterschool programs in Santa Barbara County.

Program Impact

In alignment with the knowledge that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health, the Kid’s Farmers Market Program combats health issues affecting low-income children such as diabetes and obesity through consistent distribution of produce and nutrition education.

Kid’s Farmers Market Program provides free produce and education to children of families who may experience an unmet need for a reliable produce source and may not have the financial means to purchase produce on a consistent basis.

Nutrition Education

The Kid’s Farmers Market Program is an opportunity for the Foodbank to combat the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the low-income population through nutritious foods and nutrition education.

  • The nutrition education curriculum details how fruits and vegetables are grown, how they are cooked and used, nutrition value and importance; and include learning activities and recipes that promote fresh produce as an alternative to processed food.
  • As part of the curriculum, the Nutrition Educators, Assistants and children prepare and eat a nutritious recipe during each Kid’s Farmers Market.
  • The children are encouraged to participate in the food preparation activities, taste the seasonal produce and recipes, ask questions and take home educational materials to share with their families.
  • At the conclusion of the nutrition education curriculum, the children gather the produce from the Kid’s Farmers Market to take home and share with their families.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Community Support

Made up of a core group of committed volunteers, the Foodbank’s Nutrition Educators and Assistants provide on-site educational resources that are supportive and interactive, all with the goal of providing tools to encourage long-term nutritious eating patterns and necessary skills to make healthy choices for a lifetime.

  • Each Kid’s Farmers Market site requires two volunteers: a lead Nutrition Educator that administers the curriculum and a secondary individual that assists.
  • All Nutrition Educators and Assistants are required to participate in an orientation training before being sent out into the field.
  • For more information on volunteering please visit our volunteer page.

Program Sites

South County North County
  • ASES Aliso Elementary School
  • ASES Canalino Elementary School
  • Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club
  • El Camino Elementary
  • Ellwood Elementary
  • Goleta Valley Boys and Girls Club
  • Housing Authority of Santa Barbara
  • Isla Vista Elementary
  • La Patera Elementary
  • ASES A-OK Adam Elementary School
  • ASES A-OK Alvin Elementary School
  • ASES A-OK Arellanes Jr. High
  • ASES A-OK Bonita Elementary School
  • ASES A-OK Fairlawn Elementary
  • ASES A-OK Fesler Jr. High School
  • ASES A-OK Oakley Elementary School
  • ASES A-OK Robert Bruce Elementary
  • ASES A-OK Sanchez Elementary
  • Chumash Tribal Hall
  • Lompoc Boys & Girls Club
  • Santa Maria Railroad Boys & Girls Club

Program Partners

YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, ASES

ico3Healthy Recipes from Kid’s Farmers Market Program

Colorful Kale Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes Serving size: 1 ½ cups Servings: 3 Tastes: 6 Ingredients 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper 4 cups finely chopped kale, tough ribs removed 2 cups finely chopped red cabbage 2 cups grated carrots 2 apples, grated with peels […]

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