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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) 897-2566.

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) 897-2566.

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 by visiting your nearest community center or call (805) 897-2566.

Youth Employment 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.

Senior Services

  • 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. Please call (805) 897-2560 for more information.
  • Flu Shots and Immunization Clinics: Held once a year during the October-November period at the Franklin Neighborhood 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.
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017