Picnic in the Park

Launched in 2011

Picnic in the Park is program hosted by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County during school children’s summer break. The program provides free lunches to children Monday – Friday at 17 sites countywide. Everyone is welcome and there is no sign-up or registration process. Only children under the age of 18 may take a free lunch. For site locations and times, please see below. 

For 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.

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, healthy meals, fun physical activities and nutrition education opportunities to ensure that summer is fun for all kids in our county.

Who is ServedPicnic in the Park Program

All children ages 1 – 18, now at 16 key locations throughout the county.

How the Program Works

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 16 locations countywide – Monday thru Friday for 11 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 nutrition education 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.

Help End Summer Hunger

2019 Picnic in the Park Schedule 

North County: June 10 – August 9, Junio 10 – Agosto 9, Monday – Friday, Lunes – Viernes


Ranch Acres Apartments 1050 Escalante St. 12:45 – 1:45pm
River View Townhomes 220 Calle Ceasar E. Chavez 1:00 – 2:00pm



College Park Apts 648 North G St. 12:30 – 1:30pm
Palm Grove 31 Palm Drive 1:15 -2:15pm


Santa Maria:

Tunnell Park 1100 N. Palisade Dr. 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Rice Park 700 E. Sunset Ave. 11:00am – 12:00pm
Minami Park 600 W. Enos Dr. 11:00am – 12:00pm
Los Adobes de Maria I 1026 W. Boone St. 12:00 – 1:00pm
Grogan Park 1155 W. Rancho Verde St. 11:45am – 12:45pm
Veterans’ Memorial Park 313 W Tunnell St. 11:30am – 12:30pm


Los Alamos (July 1 – August 2) Monday – Thursday ONLY,  Lunes – Jueves

Los Alamos County Park 500 Drum Canyon Rd. 12:00 – 1:00pm


South County: June 10 – August 16, Junio 10 – Agosto 16, Monday – Friday, Lunes – Viernes

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Public Library 40 E. Anapamu St. 11:30am – 12:30pm
Jardin de las Rosas (Monday – Thursday ONLY,  Lunes – Jueves) 510 N Salsipuedes St 11:30am – 12:30pm
Positano Apartments 11 Camino De Vida 12:00 – 1:00pm



Carpinteria Public Library 5141 Carpinteria Ave 12:00 – 1:00pm



Casas de Los Carneros 10 Longshore Pl 1:00 – 2:00pm
Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park 170 S Kellogg Ave 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Download a Printable version of this schedule.

Utilize this Summer Food Directory Spreadsheet for a full listing of summer food providers.

Picnic in the Park offers free, healthy meals, fun physical activities and nutrition education  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 above or text ‘SUMMERFOOD’ to 877-877 sponsored by No Kid Hunrgy, CAC and Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Services.


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: Kate Newbury at (805) 729-8309 for South County sites, or Lisa Dart Poladian (805) 722-5251 for North County sites.