Started in 1983, our Brown Bag Programs served low-income seniors on fixed incomes who struggle with housing, health care and other costs. In various distribution locations throughout the county, the Foodbank provided a grocery bag of nutritious staple foods including high-protein items, canned soups, pasta, cereal, eggs, bread and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors twice a month. 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.
In January 2021, the Brown bag program transitioned to a home delivery service for low income seniors who are homebound and/or have no social supports to pick up food on their behalf. The program continues to provide 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 application at the bottom of the page or reach out to the contacts listed below.
For seniors looking for grocery delivery during the COVID-19 situation, please CALL 805-357-5761.
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. The Brown Bag home delivery program serves senior participants, who have a doctor’s note verifying that they cannot reach a food distribution location independently, receive groceries and produce by home delivery.
- Golden Village Inn
- Housing Authority County of Santa Barbara
- Community Health Centers
- Dick Deweese Senior Community Center
- Santa Maria Foursquare Church
- Community Partners in Caring
- Orcutt Presbyterian Church
- Union Plaza
- Casa Grande
- Housing Authority City of Santa Barbara
- Pilgrim Terrace
- Vincents- Villa Caridad
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):
South County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria):
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
How to Communicate With Older Adults about Food Insecurity and Hunger published by Baylor University’s online MSW program.
Thanks to ElderImpact.org and Baylor University for sharing these resources.