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Community Action Commission to Serve Free Summer Lunches to Children

By Elizabeth Lee for the Community Action Commission |

The Community Action Commission Summer Food Service Program will provide a nutritious daily lunch — and in some cases breakfast — each weekday.

Six sites are open to children and youth with the only requirement being that those who receive a meal be under 18. Eleven more sites are open to children whose families are eligible by income and who are attending summer youth programs in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, New Cuyama and Guadalupe.

The CAC’s Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children and youth continue to have access to nutritious meals at no charge until they begin school again in the fall.

The CAC anticipates serving more than 1,000 meals daily for the Summer Food Service Program. This is the 15th year that CAC has operated the program, which is funded primarily by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Meals will be provided at the following sites, dates and times (*sites with an asterisk are open for lunch to anyone age 17 or younger):

Carpinteria

» Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club, 4849 Foothill Road — lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; snack, 4 to 5 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 22)
» Carpinteria Girls Inc., 5315 Foothill Road — breakfast, 10 to 11 a.m.; snack, 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. (June 23 to Aug. 20)

Santa Barbara

» St. Vincent’s, 4234 Pozzo Circle, Santa Barbara — lunch, noon to 1 p.m.; snack, 3 to 4 p.m. (June 23 to Aug. 15)
» Girls Inc., 531 E. Ortega St. — lunch, noon to 1 p.m.; snack, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (June 9 to Aug. 15)
» Salvation Army, 4849 Hollister Ave. — breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; snack, 4 to 5 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)

Goleta

» Goleta Boys and Girls Club, 5701 Hollister Ave. — lunch, noon to 1; snack, 3 to 4 p.m. (June 9 to Aug. 22)
» Isla Vista Youth Project, 701 H West Campus Point Lane — breakfast, 8:30 to 9 a.m.; lunch, noon to 1 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)
» Girls Inc., 4973 Hollister Ave. — lunch, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; snack, 3 to 4:15 p.m. (June 9 to Aug. 12)

Santa Maria

» *Good Samaritan, 401-D W. Morrison St. — breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)
» *Boys and Girls Club, 200 W. Williams St. (Evans Park) — lunch, 1 to 3 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)
» *Boys and Girls Club, 901 N. Railroad Ave. — breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)
» Minami Community Center, 600 W. Enos Drive — breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon to 1 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8, Monday, Wednesday and Friday only)
» Abel Maldonado Center, 600 S. McClelland St. — breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Tuesday through Thursday only); lunch, noon to 1 p.m. (June 16 to Aug. 8)
» *Oakley Park, 1300 N. Western — lunch, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (June 23 to Aug. 8)

Guadalupe

» *Boys and Girls Club, 4689 11th St., Guadalupe — lunch, 1 to 2 p.m. (June 9 to Aug. 8)
» Riverview, 230 Calle Cesar Chavez — lunch, 11:30 a.m. to noon (June 11 to Aug. 8)

New Cuyama

» *Family Resource Center, 4689 Unit B, Highway 166 — lunch, 11:30 a.m. to noon (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only, June 11 to Aug. 8)

(Locations and times subject to change. Most locations are closed on July 4; please check.)

Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are listed below. Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardian Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Summer Food Service Program and all activities are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

— Elizabeth Lee represents the Community Action Commission.




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