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. That’s 34,000 children in our community.

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 10 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 ‘SUMMERFOOD’ to 877-877.

KICK-OFF EVENTS

NORTH COUNTY
JUNE 12
Veteran’s Memorial
545 Pine St.
Santa Maria, CA
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Activities: Sports inflatable, face painting, balloons, games and other fun activities taking place throughout the lunch distribution.

SOUTH COUNTY
JUNE 15

Storke Ranch Apartments
6822 Phelps Rd.
Goleta, CA
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Activities: face painting, balloons, games and other fun activities taking place throughout the lunch distribution.


2015 Picnic in the Park Summer Lunch Locations
   
South County Locations
Estero Park, Isla Vista Villa de La Esperanza Apartments, Goleta
M-F 12:30 PM − 1:30 PM M-F 12:00 PM − 1:00 PM
June 22 – Aug. 21, 2015 June 15 – Aug. 21, 2015
889 Camino del Sur 131 S. Kellogg Ave
Isla Vista, CA Goleta, CA
Storke Ranch Apartments, Goleta Dahlia Court Apartments, Carpinteria
M-F 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM M – F 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
June 15 – Aug. 21, 2015 June 15 – Aug. 21, 2015
6822 Phelps Rd. 1300 Dahlia Court
Goleta, CA Carpinteria, CA
North County Locations
 
Los Alamos County Park, Los Alamos Veterans Memorial Park, Santa Maria
M-F 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM M-F 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
June 29 – July 31, 2015 June 12 – Aug. 7, 2015
500 Drum Canyon Rd. 545 Pine St.
Los Alamos, CA Santa Maria, CA
Los Adobes de Maria I, Santa Maria Grogan Park, Santa Maria 
M-F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  M-F 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
June 12 – Aug. 7, 2015 June 12 – Aug. 7, 2015
1026 W. Boone St 1155 W. Rancho Verde
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA
Los Adobes de Maria II, Santa Maria Rancho Hermosa, Santa Maria
M-F 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM M-F 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
June 12 – Aug. 7, 2015 June 12 – Aug. 7, 2015
1138 W. Boone St. 235 Inger St.
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA

Opportunities to Get Involved

Community volunteers and groups manage and support individual park sites, handing out lunches, organizing food literacy training and summer games. Click here to get involved: http://bit.ly/1cVyE9g

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

Summer Food Programs

Find more summer food programs here!

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