Families in need of food should visit or contact (805) 967-5741 for information on receiving free groceries.  

As the pandemic brings global uncertainty, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is responding locally with direct action in the form of expanded food distribution. The nonprofit has begun providing free, healthy groceries and fresh produce, with no pre-registration or documentation required. Health-safety protocols are in place at each distribution site with gloves and sanitizer for all, and social distancing maintained to ensure the safety and cleanliness of each site.

Carpinteria Unified School District will continue to distribute sack lunches through Friday, March 20, to students who qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Sack lunches will be distributed to children 18-years-old and under at all four CUSD sites: Canalino/Canalino Family School, Aliso Elementary, Carpinteria Middle School and Carpinteria High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, March 20.

School staff will follow the mandate of social distancing and maintain a minimum of six feet of space between people. At Canalino, lunches will be on tables under a white pop-up tent, and participants are asked to pull forward in vehicles, and take the number of lunches that are required for the children present, and then move along. In the interest of social distancing, eating at the campuses will not be allowed.

Foodbank distribution sites:

Santa Barbara: 4849 Hollister Ave.

Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Wednesday open until 6:30 p.m.)

Walk-in only

Santa Barbara: 602 W. Anapamu St.

Monday-Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Drive-Through and Walk-In

Goleta: United Boys & Girls Club

5701 Hollister Ave.

Monday-Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Drive-Through and Walk-In

Goleta: Isla Vista Youth Project

5638 Hollister Ave., Suite 200

By appointment only, beginning March 19. Call Ana Maya (805) 869-3303

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