Picnic in the Park

Launched in 2011

For many children who receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school year, summer can mean hunger.

PIP logo basket

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.

Picnic in the Park offers free, nutritious meals, activities and enrichment opportunities to ensure that summer is fun for all kids in our county.

Who is Served

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

How the Program Works

Picnic in the Park Program

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 various locations countywide – Monday thru Friday for ten 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 enrichment lessons 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.

Program Impact

Picnic in the Park offers free, nutritious meals, activities and enrichment opportunities 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 below or text ‘Food4Kids’ to 877-877.

 


2014 Picnic in the Park Summer Lunch Locations
   
South County Locations
Santa Barbara Public Library Estero Park
Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM M – Th 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
June 11 – Aug. 20, 2014 June 16 – Aug. 21, 2014
40 E. Anapamu Street 889 Camino Del Sur
Santa Barbara, CA Isla Vista, CA
PSHH Storke Ranch Apts. PSHH Villa de la Esperanza Apts.
M – F 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 9 – Aug. 22, 2014 June 9 – Aug. 22, 2014
6822 Phelps Road 131 S Kellogg Ave.
Goleta, CA Goleta, CA
Mid-County Locations
   
Anderson Recreation Center United Boys & Girls Clubs of Lompoc
M – F 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM M – F 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014 June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014
125 W. Walnut Ave 1025 W Ocean Ave
Lompoc, CA Lompoc, CA
YMCA at La Honda Elementary
M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
June 16 – Aug. 9, 2014
1213 North A St
Lompoc, CA
North County Locations
Santa Maria Public Library Veteran’s Memorial Park
Mondays 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 16 – Aug. 4 June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
420 S. Broadway 545 N. Pine St.
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA
Grogan Park PSHH Los Adobes de Maria I
M – F 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014 June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
1155 W. Rancho Verde 1026 W. Boone St.
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA
Los Alamos County Park PSHH Los Adobes de Maria II
M – F 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM M – F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
June 30 – Aug. 1, 2014 June 12 – Aug. 9, 2014
500 Drum Canyon Road  1138 W. Boone St.
Los Alamos, CA Santa Maria, CA
*NOTE: All program sites will be closed for July 4, 2014.

 

Opportunities to Get Involved

Community volunteers and groups manage and support individual park sites, handing out lunches, organizing food literacy training and summer games. Other volunteers will work in kitchen sites North and South County to help prepare healthy cold lunches. Required training is provided for all program volunteers.

For further questions, please contact: Melissa Howard at [email protected] or (805) 967-5741 x 112.

Program Partners

Whole Foods Market (Santa Barbara) is supporting the Picnic in the Park Program through a generous donation of 38,000 durable lunch bags. They also offer store tours throughout the summer, where kids of all ages enjoy samples from our local vendors and learn more about where their foods come from.

“Whole Foods Market has chosen to support the Picnic in the Park Program because we believe that all children should have programs available to them to learn about real whole foods and be offered a fresh healthy lunch on a year-round basis.”
– Rae VanSeenus, Marketing Supervisor
Whole Foods Market

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