FREE Summer Meals for Children 18 and Under at GVCC

It’s time to End Summer Hunger! Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Picnic in the Park 2022 program is back to ensure that children across our county have the nutrition they need for a healthy and vibrant summer. Picnic in the Park provides FREE lunch to children 18 and under Monday through Friday, through August 12. There are locations throughout Santa Barbara County, and locally at the Goleta Valley Community Center (GVCC) at 5679 Hollister Avenue from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To make the free meal give aways even more inviting, on June 29th, DJ Hecktik was playing when the children arrived to get their lunches!  It was all part of the Free Summer Meal Concert Series supported by No Kid Hungry. Thanks to Santa Barbara Unified School Board Member Laura Capps, Mayor Pro Tempore Stuart Kasdin and Councilmembers James Kyriaco and to everyone who attended.

Even if you didn’t make this event, there is fun, physical and educational activities to participate in every day when the meals are distributed. The children are welcome to stay and eat onsite or the lunches can be picked up and enjoyed elsewhere.

Again, GVCC is one of many locations where this is happening all summer. To make it easier to find other locations where free summer meals are served, families throughout Santa Barbara County can text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 to find a free summer meal site in their neighborhood. No paperwork or registration is required.

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Photos from the June 29 event below:

Pictured left-to-right: SBUSD School Board Member Laura Capps, GUSD School Board Member Dr. Vicki Ben-Yaacov, and Goleta Mayor Pro Tempore Stuart Kasdin

Goleta Councilmember James Kyriaco taking his turn at the DJ table

Kids enjoying the event