Hundreds of students and community members will gather to enjoy music by local youth bands and nutritious food from the Santa Barbara Unified School district.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3 p.m.

Where: McKinley Elementary School Auditorium, 350 Loma Alta Dr., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Citizen's Alert, Special Events


On Thursday, May 30, at McKinley Elementary School, hundreds of students and community members will gather to enjoy music by local youth bands and nutritious food from the Santa Barbara Unified School district, while learning more about the dozens of places that kids can get free, and healthy, meals this summer.

The event is from 3-5pm; it is free and open to the public to hear the performances of Nevermind from Notes for Notes and The Wha Wha’s and Stolen Thunder from Rockshop Academy. Speakers include Jeff Bridges, Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Mayor Helene Schneider, Superintendent David Cash, McKinley Principal Tia Blickley, the Santa Barbara School Districts’ Department of Nutrition Services Nancy Weiss, and actress Amandla Stenberg.

With a campaign called Food4Kids, the community is working together to increase participation in dozens of places locally where children can enjoy a free meal this summer. Under the leadership of No Kid Hungry’s national spokesperson, Jeff Bridges -- who lives in Santa Barbara with his family – the community partners developed a texting program, to make it easier for families to find out where summer meals are served. Beginning May 30th, families throughout the County will be able to text Food4Kids to 877-877 to find a summer meals site in their neighborhood.

“Summer is the hardest time for kids in need, when school is out, and their main source of meals is gone. We need to make sure the children of Santa Barbara County have the nutritious food they need to be healthy, active and thrive in our community,” said Bridges.

Many children are not getting the food they need, especially in the summer. The latest data shows that there are almost 22,000 food insecure children in Santa Barbara County. That’s more than 23% of children in Santa Barbara who don’t have ready or reliable access to the food they need to lead healthy, active, and productive lives. We know that 59% of low-income children (15,973 kids) who eat school lunch are not also getting a school breakfast. And 83% of children who eat school lunch are not getting a free summer meal when school is out of session and those lunches aren’t available.

Fortunately Santa Barbara County has many dedicated and effective government and non-profit service providers who are partnering to tackle the problem of childhood hunger.

Phone: 805-254-5465

Event posted May 22, 2013
Last updated May 22, 2013


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