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Free lunch programs available in Lompoc this summer

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Angelina Betone, 6, enjoys her lunch at the Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc Valley.

http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/free-lunch-programs-available-in-lompoc-this-summer/article_d3f264d4-900b-5ffb-baa5-9cfa3e8278bd.html

Gianna Cruet [email protected]

As part of its effort to reach out to children in Lompoc, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is currently offering free, healthy lunches around town this summer.

The Foodbank took over the Summer Food Service Program — called Picnic in the Park — this year when the Lompoc Unified School District was unable to continue it in 2014 due to remodeling efforts, said community programs manager Kyli Gallington. The program is an extension of a national school lunch program put on by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Foodbank started its temporary program in June and will only be filling in for this summer, Gallington said. The program lasts Monday through Friday and will end Aug. 8. The four sites offering free lunches include Anderson Recreation Center, the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Lompoc Family YMCA at La Honda Elementary and Coast Valley Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

One reason the Picnic in the Park program is so important is because Lompoc has the highest percentage of children experiencing food insecurity in the county, Gallington said.

“Food insecurity is looking at, ‘are you able to have enough food to cover a family?’” she said. “Has anyone had to skip a meal because there wasn’t enough food to feed the entire household? It’s higher in Lompoc than anywhere else in the county. That tells us that, as a foodbank, we really need to target Lompoc for all of our children’s programs.”

The lunches are open to the public, and children up to the age of 18 may attend the Picnic in the Park lunches without registration, Gallington said. Several of the sites have seen consistently high numbers in attendance, she said.

“When this opportunity came up, we were more than happy to step in,” she said. “In the absence of (the LUSD), it’s been great to be able to fill that need.”

Another important aspect of the Picnic in the Park program is ensuring that children are provided healthy food, Gallington said.

“We want to make sure good and healthy food is available,” she said. “We want to make sure there’s a good source of food for all the children in Lompoc. We’re happy to be in Lompoc this summer, and we think kids are enjoying the program.”

Through the Orfalea Foundation, the program will also begin offering free food literacy classes for kids this Friday, Gallington said. The Picnic in the Park sessions generally offer both food and site activities, so the class will accompany the program, she said.

Recreation Manager JoAnne Plummer said many children do not have the opportunity to eat nutritious meals when they are out of school, which was one of the reasons the school district started the program.

“A lot (of them) aren’t getting proper nutrition,” Plummer said. “Whether or not they’re having a healthy lunch, or lunch at all, this fills that gap for both.”

For more information about the Picnic in the Park program, call the Anderson Recreation Center at 875-8100 or contact the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County at foodbanksbc.org.

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Santa Barbara County Food Bank deals with produce shortage

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Charlie Misra, KSBY News

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The drought is affecting nearly everyone and many organizations, including the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Its clients are getting less fresh produce because of the state’s water shortage.

Since the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is part of the California Association of Food Banks, it receives much of its produce from outside the county.

“There’s basically more demand, which would require more supply, especially for produce, from us,” said Jamie Nichols, Director of Operations. “And we’re struggling to make that happen right now.”

For years, Nichols says donors would turn in bonus loads of produce, because they would regularly experience a surplus in their harvest.

“We’ll source food from places like the San JoaquinValley and a lot of regions that were really hit by the drought,” said Nichols. “Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of those donations dry up because there’s not as much surplus.”

The organization’s food budget has increased three-fold in the last five years. It now operates on a budget of more than $1 million, which is privately funded.

Nichols says the food bank is so short on produce, that during its free mobile farmers markets, clients only have two produce options to choose from, instead of the usual 8 to 10.

He says the bank can’t take in more frozen produce as an alternative, because it doesn’t have enough freezer space.

“We have a few strategies we’d like to use over the next few years, especially pivoting more local rather than maybe going to other ends of the state that are more affected by the drought,” said Nichols.

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County CEO Carl Hansen says his operation faces the same problem. Its food budget has also tripled over the last five years to $2.6 million.

For information on how to donate to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, click here.

For information on how to donate to Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, click here.

Legal Community Kicking Off Food from the Bar Drive to Benefit Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park Program

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The Santa Barbara legal community is pleased to announce the kick-off of its fourth annual Food from the Bar Drive from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this upcoming Tuesday, July 1, at the Intermezzo Bar & Café at 819 Anacapa St.

Food from the Bar is a unique opportunity for legal organizations in Santa Barbara to come together to directly improve the lives of local children. 

During the month of July, the organizations rally to raise $15,000 to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Picnic in the Park program, which feeds children who qualify to receive free or reduced lunches during the school year

Please help us kick-off the Food from the Bar Drive at Intermezzo, which will generously be donating 25 percent of all proceeds raised from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All funds raised during the drive go directly to the Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program to feed children in our county during the summer months. The Foodbank reports that a staggering 84 percent of children in our county who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year go without lunches during the summer. The Picnic in the Park program provides free nutritious meals to these children as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Healthy meals will be served at various parks in the county from Monday through Friday for 10 weeks. The cost per meal is approximately $3.50.

Legal organizations sponsoring the event include the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers & Foundation, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, County of Santa Barbara Public Defender, County of Santa Barbara District Attorney, Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara Barristers, Santa Barbara Paralegal Association, Santa Barbara Legal Secretaries Association, North County Bar Association, and California Rural Legal Assistance.  For the third year in a row, the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck is the premiere sponsor of Food from the Bar.  Gold sponsors include Janean Acevedo Daniels, Sanger Swysen & Dunkle, and White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna Wolf Hunt LLP.  Silver sponsors include Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell LLP, Pacific Western Bank, Tri County Reporters and the Law Office of Saji Gunawardane.

The Food from the Bar Drive will run during the entire month of July. For more information or to make a donation, please click here.

 

By Flannery Hill for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 06.30.2014 3:35 p.m.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.