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Mobile Food Pantries & Mobile Farmer’s Markets

The Mobile Food Pantries and Farmers Markets, in partnership with the SB County Food Bank, provide free food distribution programs for low-income individuals and families. Participants do not need to apply; simply show up at various community center locations to receive free groceries. Participants should bring their own bags or boxes to carry the food. For a schedule, call (805) 897-2582 or (805) 897-2547.

Brown Bag Program for Seniors

The Westside Neighborhood Center (WNC) and Franklin Neighborhood Center offer a Brown Bag Program (food distribution) every other week of the month. In addition, the WCC serves as a senior meal site via a collaborative agreement with the Community Action Commission to provide low-cost hot meals to qualifying senior residents. For more information and scheduling, call (805) 897-2582.

Community Garden Plots

Enjoy growing your own healthy organic vegetables, herbs and flowers at one of three community gardens—Rancheria, Yanonali and Pilgrim Terrace—conveniently located near the Franklin, Lower Westside and Westside Community Centers. Garden plots of 10 x 20 feet can be rented for the modest price of $58 annually ($70 without a Resident Discount Card) by visiting your nearest community center or call (805) 897-2582.

Job Apprenticeship Program

The Job Apprenticeship Program provides youth with alternatives to violence-oriented lifestyles, a positive environment for expressions of youth concerns, and fosters their self awareness and survival skills. The program is built on a strong community foundation of local institutions, residential communities, families and individuals. This approach empowers participants to build on and strengthen their own support bases where none may have existed before. The primary objective of the Job Apprenticeship Program is to provide participants with opportunities to receive “hands-on” training and experiences in a variety of occupational areas within the City of Santa Barbara. For more information, call (805) 897-2582.

Youth Art Alliance Program

This program is designed for youth ages 14-21 to increase their commitment to school and community, reduce negative peer bonding and problem behaviors, and to develop special project and/or opportunities that incorporate community service participation, including: Development of a professional youth art magazine; quarterly/yearly art exhibits; a web-based art gallery by youth for youth; mural creation; graffiti abatement/removal; participation in neighborhood community service clean-up projects. For more information, call (805) 897-2582.

Fun on the Run Program

Monday through Thursday, a colorful van filled with arts, crafts, games, and sports equipment will bring the fun straight to you! Parks and Recreation Department staff supervise youth in participating in fun activities, including sports such as flag football, handball, crafts and games. See our brochure or call (805) 564-5495 for more information.

Twelve35 Teen Center

Drop in and check out SB’s teens only facility at 1235 Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Twelve35 is the only place teens have access to XBOX 360m PS3, Wii, full DDR system, the Internet, Air Hockey, pool table, Foosball, free wi-fi, snack bar...and to top it all off—a recording studio—all under one roof! Weekly activities, classes and special events are offered throughout the year. Community service opportunities available for teens and adults.

Senior Services

  • Property Tax Postponement Program: Gives qualified homeowners the option of having the state pay all or part of the property taxes on their homes. The postponed tax amount and accrued interest is paid when one moves, sells the home or dies.
  • Legal Services: Free legal services are offered free of charge at the Franklin Center on Tuesdays and the Westside Center on Thursdays, 4-6pm, by local volunteer lawyers.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Volunteers are trained by the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board to assist in the free preparation of state and federal income tax. Offered at the Westside Center starting Spring 2013.
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP): HICAP provides free and unbiased assistance for Medicare beneficiaries. Call (805) 928.5663 to make an appointment (required).
  • Flu Shots and Immunization Clinics: Held once a year during the October-November period at the Franklin Center.
  • Referral Services" Providing information and referral to seniors regarding a wide array of services available to them. Examples include the Senior Directory, monthly publications for Seniors, bus schedules, pamphlets and flyers on programs provided by non-profit agencies, businesses and local government.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016