Launched in 2011
For many children who receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school year, summer can mean hunger.
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
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.
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|
|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|
|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.
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