SB Unified to Offer Students Meals During Summer Break

While school is out for summer, the need to feed students does not go away. So, Santa Barbara Unified is offering free meals to families from June 17th- August 9th.

The District is setting up at six locations throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta to offer breakfast and lunch for kids 18 and younger.

Location Dates Breakfast Hours Lunch Hours
Franklin Elementary 6/17-8/2 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Harding Elementary 6/24-8/2 8:00 a.m.-8:30a.m. 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Mckinley Elementary 6/17-8/2 8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oak Park 6/17-8/9 N/A 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Goleta Valley Community Center 6/17-8/9 N/A 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ortega Park 6/17-8/9 N/A 1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Children who receive food must eat it on site. Those with questions can call Santa Barbara Unified’s Food Services at 805-963-4338 ext. 6385.

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  1. The cost of homemade meal made by family members
    Breakfast
    2 hard boiled eggs .50
    Bagel .82
    8 oz. orange juice .70 Total cost 2.02

    Bowl of oatmeal .30
    16 oz. milk .88
    Banana .30 Total cost 1.48

    Lunch
    2 pcs. multigrain bread .58
    Lettuce .30
    5 oz can tuna 1.00
    apple juice box .48
    1 oz. mixed nut .42 Total cost 2.78

    Peanut butter 2 oz. .40
    Jam 2.0 .20
    2 pieces of bread .58
    16 oz. milk .88 total cost 2.06

    LESS HEALTHY GOVERNMENT FOOD:
    Pizza, enchiladas, orange chicken, cold cereal, chicken pasta Alfredo, sweet and sour chicken, and etc. prepared and served by unionized government workers in taxpayer owned kitchens.
    Guesstimated cost to taxpayers for food, utilities, and labor for each “free” meal is at least $12 per free meal recipient.
    The average cost for a family prepared meal is $2 to $3 a meal.
    Teach children responsibility , not dependency.
    The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

      • That websites states, “The food that is available for lower cost is not always the most nutritious. So, it’s really how to access nutritious foods that are helpful for maintaining health, especially with our diabetic patients or low-carb options.
        Yes, homemade meals of non-processed foods such as eggs, cheese, beans, rice, fruits, whole grain bread, nuts and veggies are much healthier than sugary entree such as sweet and sour chicken and the like. From SB Unified May 10th menu: a cinnamon roll for breakfast and cheese pizza for lunch.

    • ANON – some of your prices are off, where did you get them? More importantly though, you’re ignoring a few important facts:

      1) School lunches are far more health than they were in the 80s or wherever you’re getting your menu
      2) How is this teaching children responsibility? Why should young children have to be “responsible” for their meals?
      3) Not everyone has a stay at home parent or someone who is able to prepare a meal for them 3x a day and not stuck at work trying to cover rent.
      4) The cost per meal ignores the fact that many parents have multiple children to feed and this adds up and some have to chose between healthy food and rent.

      Remember, not everyone has it as easy as some do.

      • -All prices are taken directly from Grocery Outlet Instacart page.

        1. The menu items served by the school is from their own menu on SB Unified webpage.
        This is a sample from their school year menu. No data found about summer meals is provided.

        2. When parents and/or guardians take the time to make a meal for a child, the child see their parents taking responsibility for their own children. These programs are opened to young adults under 19 years old. Many of these children are old enough to help out the family and to independently make a simple breakfast and lunch. Teach children to eat a nuts, fruits, and vegetables instead of processed food snacks and sugary drinks. Self-reliance and helping provides ..”a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. “

        3. Meals can be prepared before work.

        4. … “…and this adds up and some have to choose between healthy food and rent.” Is pepperoni pizza (from SB Unified menu) healthy food? Non-processed foods such as eggs, cheese, beans, rice, fruits, and veggies and are much healthier than sugary entree such as sweet and sour chicken and the like.
        The cost is per meal. If the parents have 20 kids then it would cost the taxpayers about $200 for 20 meals or it cost a family around $50.00 make 20 meals. If a family’s reported income is low enough, families can apply for financial assistance, thus tremendously reducing the government’s cost per meal.

        “Government handouts changed people’s thinking. They taught millions of Americans: You are entitled to a check. No longer was it individuals’ responsibility to help families, neighbors, and ourselves; now it was clearly government’s job. The result is that people became dependent on handouts. Government rarely teaches people to be self-sufficient; handouts encourage you to be helpless.” JS

      • The government is funded by taking from those that invest, create and work. It has no money of it’s own to independently fund any research. If a government can create wealth by just spending printed money, then every poor country in the world could just spend their way into prosperity.
        What is right wing political ideology?

          • Please support your argument without name calling,
            Excerpt from an interview:
            “Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed, you think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fellow that’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their self-interest. The greatest achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory from an order from a bureaucrat. Henry ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from….grinding poverty …in recorded history is where they have capitalism and largely free trade.” Societies that depart from that are worse off.
            If you want the whole dialogue..
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BI7VpU3Ccw

            You can also look up article

            “As the world shifted to free markets, poverty rates plummeted”
            — November 13, 2018

            And, I gave all that info without a derogatory remark and without mislabelling your ideology
            This is fun.

  2. It’s true – the Districts are providing absolutely horrible food nutritionally. Seen it first hand for years. Heavy on carbs, low on protein. Cheap, sugary stuff. They, and probably a few commenters here who google a lot but know nothing about nutrition pat themselves on the back for it. I’ll say this, the obesity epidemic in kids is absolutely spiraling upward. Go look around. The schools and those who give them a thumbs up for their current program are foolish.

    I believe in the program. But its implementation gets an F right now.

    • I not only Google, but I also read books on the topic and have kids in schools – so I’ve seen the food first hand.

      While it’s true that the meals provided several years ago (before a district change in personnel) were FAR better than they are now (and super healthy), the meals now are still better than they were when I was a kid.

      They include fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal.

    • I ate food from our school’s cafeteria for 30 years, and watched other kids eating it. In the last decade very little of it could be described as “cheap sugary stuff”, especially after they removed all of the vending machines years ago. You’re talking about individual behavior maybe more than what the schools do, and kids eat a lot of junk. Many students went across the street to the gas station and Von’s and brought back stuff like that, that they paid for themselves, but the food served up fro free was pretty decent. Maybe not sparkling super fresh, but healthy. I’d give it more of a B minus on quality, and an A plus on value.

  3. The “basis” here isn’t a 5 second google search that turns up a handful of random links about food insecurity. The basis is when you have personal experience, knowledge about nutrition (not from 30 years ago), public health, and can think critically about what you see and read. The foods the schools are providing are absolutely contributing to the obesity epidemic amongst kids, which is absolutely obvious around here. If you disagree, look around, kids are getting fat.

  4. Oh no! The Foodbank feeds kids in the summer too!

    The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is hosting the children’s End Summer Hunger program Picnic in the Park (PIP) – which provides free, healthy lunches for kids (18 and under) – at 12 locations countywide. PIP will operate weekdays from June 12 to August 4 in Guadalupe, Los Alamos and Santa Maria; June 12 to August 18 in Goleta and Santa Barbara; and June 12 to August 11 in Santa Ynez.

            • Copied and pasted from comment above, but it also applies to your comment.
              “Please support your argument without name calling,
              Excerpt from an interview:
              “Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed, you think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fellow that’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their self-interest. The greatest achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory from an order from a bureaucrat. Henry ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from….grinding poverty …in recorded history is where they have capitalism and largely free trade.” Societies that depart from that are worse off.
              If you want the whole dialogue..
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BI7VpU3Ccw

              You can also look up article

              “As the world shifted to free markets, poverty rates plummeted”
              — November 13, 2018″

          • “Sociopathy is a mental health condition that can cause people to have little regard for others’ rights to keep the money that they worked for.”

            No, it isn’t. It’s reflected in attitudes like yours that ignore how you are embedded in, benefit from, and have responsibilities towards society.

          • Hey cowboy, allow me to puncture that myth:

            https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/june-25-2024

            “These days, reality is undermining the political power of the mythological image of the American cowboy. In the years after World War II, that image helped to sell the idea that a government that regulated business, provided a basic safety net, promoted infrastructure, and protected civil rights for Black and Brown Americans and for women was cruising perilously close to communism. The cowboy image suggested that a true American was an individualist man who worked hard to provide for and to protect his homebound wife and children, with a gun if necessary, and wanted only for the government to leave him and his business alone….”

            Go to the link to read the rest … you’ll learn a thing or two.

                  • There’s nothing wrong with receiving government funding, especially an organization doing great work for the community as the SB Foodbank does. What you should have done is simply not post your sociopathic sarcasm.

                    Also, this post is about the SB Unified School District, not the Foodbank. (For all I know they are working together but the post doesn’t say anything about that.) Needless to say, the school district is government funded. Let me take this opportunity to post the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis added:

                    We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, **promote the general welfare**, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

          • I have never understood people who object to feeding hungry children. I also wonder about people who assume that parents are just unilaterally “not taking care of their children”. It’s almost like you haven’t taken a close look at the cost of rent vs. standard income these days. Or perhaps that you haven’t read a single book about poverty in the last 20 years.

            • mm1970 – Sadly, it’s usually the same “Christians” who are taught empathy that hate helping the poor. Just look at Louisiana. Forcing religion on children in public schools while at the same time denying food to those who can’t afford it.

              Few things make me sicker than hypocritical and hateful people who consider themselves “Christians” or any other religion for that matter since they all teach empathy and love.

          • Ever heard this before, anon goat?

            “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

            “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, “I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

            “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

            “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

  5. Soy and tofu are sorry substitutes for protein absorption in the human gut compared with meat. It’s a fact. Don’t even get me started on the pastries they try to pass of as breakfast everyday for our kids. Mine doesn’t eat it, but plenty of others do. Horrible stuff. Can you spell diabetes??

    • Wow BASIC, way to backpedal and deflect – “Don’t even get me started on the pastries they try to pass of as breakfast everyday” – that’s not true either and you know it, unless you don’t know what a pastry is or the names of common foods.

      You said “Zero protein.” Your words. Either way though, you’re still wrong, well…. at least according to your colleagues in the medical field….

      “The high level of protein makes tofu a good alternative to animal-derived meat. Federal dietary guidelines include tofu as part of a healthy vegetarian dietary pattern, and a 2021 American Heart Association scientific statement emphasizes choosing plant-based proteins for heart health.” — https://www.heart.org/en/news/2022/10/10/clearing-up-questions-on-whether-tofu-is-healthy

      • Also there’s the unsurprising fact that the not-good doctor’s claim about absorption is simply false:
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5188409/

        “The soybean is notable not only for its total protein content but the quality of soy protein which is higher than that of other plant proteins and similar to animal protein [12]. The protein digestibility corrected amino acid scores (PDCAAS) for soy protein range from 0.9 to 1.0 depending upon the specific soyfood in question [12,13]. Although most work in this area has involved the modern soy products such as isolated soy protein (ISP is by definition at least 90% protein by weight) and soy protein concentrate, evidence indicates that the digestibility of protein from traditional Asian soyfoods is quite good [14,15,16,17,18,19].”

        And speaking of diabetes:

        “The low carbohydrate content of the soybean means that many traditional Asian soyfoods are also low in this macronutrient which may make them advantageous for people with diabetes [32].”

        It’s a lengthy article discussing many health benefits of soyfoods. Here’s the final paragraph of the conclusion:

        “When adding soy to the diet it is important to consider the overall nutritional quality of a particular soyfood since many Westernized soyfoods include a variety of non-soy ingredients. There are no formal recommendations for soy intake beyond the 25 g/day soy protein established by the US FDA as the threshold intake for cholesterol reduction. However, population and clinical studies involving adults suggest benefits are associated with approximately two to four servings per day. Ideally, soyfoods are incorporated into the diet by displacing less healthy foods and as part of an overall healthy diet designed to lower risk of chronic disease such as the approach represented by the portfolio diet [439].”

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