Community Invited to its Annual Kick Off Celebration on June 14, 2018

Children lining up at a food truckSanta Barbara Unified School District Food Services will offer FREE meals to all youth 18 years old and younger at multiple sites throughout the county beginning June 11, 2018. In partnership with No Kid Hungry, the community is invited to a celebration to kick off the annual summer food program this Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Oak Park beginning at 11:30 a.m. The FREE family friendly event will have healthy and delicious meals as well as music by D.J. Hecktik and live broadcasts from Radio Bronco.

Summer vacation is thought of as a time of carefree fun, but for thousands of food insecure kids in Santa Barbara County, it can also be a time when hunger is the most challenging. The majority of children who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year often go without meals in the summer.

“Hunger never takes a vacation and neither does our Food Service team,” said Nancy Weiss, Food Service Director. “Our delicious meals are provided free without any paperwork in the hope that we can help take the worry out of knowing where a child’s next healthy meal will come from.”

To make it easier to find the nearest summer food program meal location, those interested can text “SUMMERFOOD” to 877-877 to find a meal site in their neighborhood. Adding even more fun and community spirit, youth musicians, DJ’s, junior chef, art and other engaging activities will also be highlighted each week at various sites.

Started in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to reach food insecure individuals who are age 18 or younger in low-income areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled. Adults over the age of 18 can also enjoy a healthy and delicious meal for $4.