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School districts, partners to provide free summer meals to North County children

From the June 12 recap: Lompoc news you may have missed this week series
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For the eighth straight year, several local school districts have partnered with the No Kid Hungry organization to offer free grab-and-go meals this summer to area children.

The meals, which started Monday and are set to continue into August, are being offered at more than 40 locations throughout Santa Barbara County. They are available to anyone 18 years old and younger.

No paperwork or registration is required, and safe social distancing and health precautions have been implemented, according to No Kid Hungry, a national organization that supports meal programs for children.

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Among the local agencies involved in the program are the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Lompoc Unified School District, Goleta Unified School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District and the United Way.

While the program has traditionally aided children from low-income homes who might otherwise struggle to get healthy meals when school is out of session, organizers stress that this year could be especially critical with so many people facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Josh Dean, from front to back, Jordan Itizarry and Bradlee Kirkman prepare lunches at Tunnell Park in northeast Santa Maria on Monday during the opening of the Picnic in the Park program.

To find specific locations where meals are being served near them, families are encouraged to text “FOOD” to 877-877.

In the North County, the meals are available at 15 locations in the Lompoc Valley, five in the Santa Maria area, and two in the Santa Ynez Valley.

In Lompoc, the meals will include breakfast and lunch. According to LUSD, they will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through June 30 at:

  • Buena Vista Elementary School, 100 Aldebaran Ave.
  • Clarence Ruth Elementary School, 501 North W St.
  • Crestview Elementary School, Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Fillmore Elementary School, 1211 E. Pine Ave.
  • Hapgood Elementary School, 324 South A St.
  • La Cañada Elementary School, 621 W. North Ave.
  • La Honda STEAM Academy, 1213 North A St.
  • Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy, 3745 Via Lato
  • Migeulito Elementary School, 1600 W. Olive Ave.
  • Lompoc Valley Middle School, 234 South N St.
  • Lompoc High School, 515 W. College Ave.
  • El Camino Community Center (mobile site), North J Street and West Laurel Ave.
  • Mobile site at East North Avenue and North G Street
  • Maple High School (mobile site), 4010 Jupiter Ave.
  • Mobile site near Lompoc Public Library at North D Street and East North Avenue
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One of the lunches offered through the Picnic in the Park program is shown Monday at Minami Park in Santa Maria. The program provides free healthy lunches for kids age 18 and younger Monday through Friday until Aug. 7 at locations throughout the county.

They will also be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 1 through Aug. 7 at Clarence Ruth, Fillmore, Hapgood, La Cañada, La Honda, Los Berros, Lompoc High, Maple High, and at the North Avenue and G Street mobile site.

Lunches will be available in the Santa Maria area at:

  • Tunnel Park, 1100 N. Palisade Drive
  • Minami Park, 600 W. Enos Drive
  • Grogan Park, 1155 W. Rancho Verde
  • Arrellanes Elementary School, 1890 Sandalwood Drive
  • Mary Buren Elementary School, 1050 Peralta St., Guadalupe

The Santa Ynez Valley locations include:

  • Solvang Elementary School, 565 Atterdag Road, Solvang
  • St. Anthony Church, 270 Helena St., Los Alamos

For more information on the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valley sites, families are encouraged to call Jacqueline Valencia at 805-967-5741. Information on the Guadalupe site can be obtained by calling Dena Boortz at 805-343-1150.

For more details on the Lompoc locations, families can call Hannah Carroll at 805-742-3351.

Photos: River of Giving feeds Santa Ynez Valley families

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