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Free food banks, groceries and soup kitchens Santa Barbara County.

Find the locations, phone numbers, and addresses of churches, food banks, free pantries and distribution centers across Santa Barbara County. Most of the centers near you are set up as non-profit organizations. A number of sites provide free meals, groceries and give away free food today and daily to people of all backgrounds that may be faced with an emergency or crisis situation. Find details below as well as a phone number at the bottom of the page for more food assistance programs in Santa Barbara.

Each facility offers its own type of assistance. Some food banks provide fruits, vegetables, meats, baby formula and breads. Others may offer more so called food boxes or give away free grocery bags which contain groceries and other non-perishable items. So what is available from each pantry will vary widely. Many also provide free Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners or food boxes.

In addition, some centers have on-site thrift stores or clothing closets for work or school clothes, furniture, or personal hygiene products. If you are going through a difficult period, never hesitate to contact a Santa Barbara California food bank for help or information on local assistance programs.

Catholic Charities Community Services oversees, in partnership with other local charities, churches and non-profits, the food banks listed below. The main phone number is (805) 684-8621. Or a Santa Barbara County resident can drop in if they live near a site.

Call for meals, free or low cost food, and more. They are also a great place to call for referrals and information on other resources, such as clothing closets, thrift stores, and household and free baby supplies. Or the staff can help with applications for CalFresh food stamps.

  • Isla Vista Mobile Food Site
    6647 El Colegio Road
    Isla Vista, California 93117
  • New Cuyama Mobile Food Site
    Address:  4711  Highway 166
    New Cuyama, CA 93254
  • Catholic Charities - Santa Barbara Office
    609 East Haley Street
    Santa Barbara, California 93103




  • Santa Maria Office
    607 West Main Street
    Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Carpinteria Office
    941 Walnut Street
    Carpinteria, California 93103

Central Coast Rescue Mission
1207 North McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 614-0220
The soup kitchen serves meals to the homeless and people living in poverty. Many immigrants also drop in for support. They also serve holiday meals, including at Christmas.

Food Banks of Santa Barbara County California – The centers listed below are some of the primary food pantries to call when you need help. They provide a wide number of services and assistance to families and individuals across the region. Rarely, if ever, will anyone be turned away.

Some of the services include meals for you and your family, perishable groceries, government surplus food, and more.They try to help those residents that are facing a crisis. Some sites may have clothing and holiday meals and assistance too. Call the main number at (805) 937-3422 to learn more, or stop by.

  • Buellton Mobile Farmers Market
    Address:  236 La Lata Drive
    Buellton, California 93427
  • Carpinteria Mobile Farmers Market
    5201 8th Street
    Carpinteria, CA 93013
  • Carpinteria Mobile Food
    1532 Linden Avenue
    Carpinteria, California 93013
  • Davis Center Mobile Farmers Market
    1232 De La Vina Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101





  • Franklin Community Center Mobile Food
    Main food bank address - 1136 East Montecito Street
    Santa Barbara, California 93103
  • Goleta Valley Community Center Mobile Food
    5679 Hollister Avenue
    Goleta, CA 93117
  • Guadalupe Catholic Charities
    4681 Eleventh Street
    Guadalupe, CA 93434
  • Guadalupe Food Pantry
    Location - 4575 9th Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93434
  • Guadalupe Foursquare Church Food Pantry
     935 Guadalupe Street
    Guadalupe, CA 93434
  • Lompoc Catholic Charities
    903 East Chetnut
    Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Lompoc Mobile Food Pantry
    1025 West Ocean Avenue
    Lompoc, California 93436
  • Santa Barbara Mobile Farmers Market
    Address -  423 West Victoria Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Santa Barbara Mobile Food Pantry
    520 Wentworth Avenue
    Santa Barbara, California 93101
  • Tanglewood Mobile Food Pantry
    3600 Pinewood Drive
    Santa Maria, California 93455

More free food programs in Santa Barbara County

There are other places to turn to for free food near you. Call 805.967.5741 for referrals. Whether it is an application to WIC vouchers for baby formula, or an emergency pantry, resources are available. Senior citizens can even apply to a low cost Meals on Wheels service for home deliveries.

Many low income Santa Barbara County families also benefit from applications to USDA commodity programs, such as food stamps or free school lunches for students. The referral line can provide information on those programs too.


By Jon McNamara











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