Brown Bag Program

Overview

Our Brown Bag Programs for Seniors serve almost 1,200 very low-income elderly people who 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. Recipients receive two bags of groceries each month to supplement their food budgets and to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.

OC2513RB_FoodBank331-LTwice 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 recipients, are essential to the success of the program; helping assemble bags of groceries and making home deliveries.

Who is Served

Almost 1,200 very low-income elderly people who 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.

Program Impact

Our Brown Bag program allows recipients 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 County for our impact in the senior community.

In 2013, the Brown Bag Program expanded to two additional program sites in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara in Lompoc and People’s Self-Help Housing in Santa Maria. By the end of the year, the Brown Bag program reached almost 300 new clients including preexisting program sites. With support from Feeding America in collaboration with the AARP Foundation for our Brown Bag Program for Senior Citizens, the Foodbank is dedicated to making bigger strides both locally and nationally to further close the meal gap for seniors in Santa Barbara County.

Program Sites

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

Program Partners

Opportunities to Get Involved

Sign up for the Brown Bag Program

**Please Note: If you don’t have an email address, home address, or phone number; please just type ‘none’ in the answer box. Minimum income requirements are $1,471.25 for Individuals and $1,991.25 for Couples.**

Your Name / Nombre

Birthdate / Fecha(s) de Nacimiento

Address / Dirección

Phone Number / Teléf

E-mail

City / Ciudad

Zip / Código

Gender / Sexo
 male female

Monthly household income / Ingreso(s) mensual familiar

Are you the head of the household? / ¿Es el jefe de su unidad familiar?
 yes no

Ethnicity / Etnia
 African American/Afroamericano Caucasian/Caucasiano American Indian/Indio americano Asian/Asiático Pacific Islander/Isleño del Pacífico Latino

Local Emergency Contact Name / Contacto local para emergencias

Local Emergency Contact Phone Number / Contacto local para emergencias Teléf.

I verify that all the information provided is true and promise to adhere to the following guidelines (please read and initial each of the following items): / Confirmo que toda la información que incluyo es verdadera y prometo que cumplo con lo establecido a continuación (por favor, lea y escriba sus iniciales en cada uno de los incisos siguientes):

 I agree that my household income does not exceed monthly EFAP Income Guidelines. / Estoy de acuerdo que el ingreso de mi núcleo familiar no excede el límite mensual de EFAP

EFAP Maximum Income Guidelines. / El límite máximo de ingreso mensual de EFAP es:

  • Individual - $1,458.75 / Individuo - $1,458.75
  • Couple - $1,966.25 / Pareja - $1,966.25

 I agree that I will not receive food from any other USDA Food Distribution agencies. / Estoy de acuerdo que no recibo alimentos de otras agencias de distribución de la USDA

 I agree to inform the Foodbank of change to my personal contact information. / Estoy de acuerdo en informarle a Foodbank cualquier cambio que haya en la información de contacto.

 I understand it is my responsibility to pick up my Brown Bag at my assigned distribution site unless other arrangements have been made. / Entiendo que es mi responsabilidad recoger mi bolsa de alimentos en el sitio de distribución asignado a no ser que se haya acordado de otra manera.

 I will inform the Foodbank if I will be out of town or otherwise unable to receive my Brown Bag minimum 48 hours prior to the next distribution. I understand that after 3 missed pickups, I will be dropped from the program and must apply again. / Le informaré al Foodbank si no estaré en casa o si no podré recibir mi bolsa de alimentos, con mínimo de 48 horas antes de la próxima distribución. Entiendo que después de perder 3 distribuciones, ya no formaré parte del programa y tendré que hacer una nueva solicitud.

By sending this agreement, I understand that by not complying with the guidelines listed might result in discontinued benefits from the brown bag program. / Al firmar este acuerdo, entiendo que si no cumplo con lo establecido arriba me atendré a las consecuencias mencionadas.

For more information about this program, please contact:
Eloisa Chavez, Community Programs Coordinator
[email protected], (805) 967-5741 ext. 102

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