Mobile Farmers Market

Launched in 2006

Overview

Mobile Farmers Markets are mobile deliveries of fresh, free produce to low income communities across Santa Barbara County. Mobile Farmers Markets serve to not only provide underserved areas with access to more food, but provide the healthiest and freshest food possible.

Mobile Farmers Markets are set up like a traditional Farmers Market, with displays of fresh fruit and vegetables available for clients to select. Thousands of pounds of fresh produce is made available to underserved neighborhoods throughout Santa Barbara County each week through eight Mobile Farmer’s Markets sites. Along with fresh produce, our Mobile Farmers Markets also provide nutrition education on seasonal produce, how to prepare, and the health benefits.

Our Mobile Farmers Markets have built communities of people and are a place to provide not only food but recipe sharing, community contribution through volunteering and program leadership, and networking amongst neighbors.

Who is Served

Anyone in need of food is welcome to receive fresh, free produce at our Mobile Farmers Market distributions. We strive to serve neighborhoods where few existing food distributions are located.

Role in Foodbank’s sequence/continuum of Programs

Part of Produce Initiative

Program Impact

The Mobile Farmers Market Provides over 42,000 lbs of fresh produce a month to 8 underserved areas of the County.

The Mobile Farmers Market increases client access to fresh and healthy foods, and the nutrition education to go along with it, directly impacting over 11,000 clients each year.

Program Sites

Santa Barbara

  • Westside Community Center
  • Davis Community Center
  • Franklin Neighborhood Center
  • Parque de Los Ninos

Carpinteria

  • St. Joseph’s Church
  • Main Family Resource Center

Santa Maria

  • Christian Family Church

Buellton

  • Church at the Crossroads

Lompoc

  • New Hope Christian Church

Program Partners

  • City of Santa Barbara Parks & Rec. Community Centers
  • St. Joseph’s Church
  • Carpinteria Unified School District, Main Family Resource Center
  • People Helping People
  • New Hope Christian Church

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Volunteer at your local Mobile Farmers Market and assist in distributing food and nutrition education
  • Use your knowledge of Nutrition to assist our Program Management team with building the program, expanding nutrition education resources, and developing healthy eating materials
  • Donate produce to the Mobile Farmers Market Program or sponsors a site financially
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