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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thursday in Santa Barbara: Music & Fun At Free Summer Meal Programs

The 5th annual Summer Meal Concert Series is having its third concert of the season on Thursday, June 29th at Bohnett Park, hosted by the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County. Musicians are performing at four concerts this summer adding even more fun and community spirit to these popular and much needed summer meal programs. Thursday at Bohnett Park between 11:30am and 1:30pm, The Same Difference will perform while the kids eat delicious and healthy meals. Any child 18 and under is welcome to join us for lunch.

Summer should be a time of carefree fun but it is also when hunger is the most challenging for the over 20,000 food insecure kids in our county. Partners throughout the county, including the Santa Barbara Unified School District, City of Santa Barbara, Community Action Commission, and the Foodbank of SB County are working together to increase participation in the 40 places where children can drop in to enjoy a meal, no paperwork or enrollment required.

Actor and musician Jeff Bridges, who lives in Santa Barbara and serves as the national spokesperson for national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry, led the development of the summer concert series as a part of a coalition effort beginning in 2013. Since then, participation in summer meals programming in Santa Barbara has increased more than 30 percent. But the majority of children who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year are still going without them in the summer.

“Summer is the hardest time for kids in need, when school is out, and they lose access to programs like school breakfast and lunch,” said Bridges. “Community organizations have joined forces to make sure the children of Santa Barbara County have the nutritious food they need this summer. These great young musicians are doing their part to help all kids have a healthy, happy summer.”

To make it easier to find out where summer meals are served, families throughout the county can text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877 to find a summer meals site in their neighborhood. The next music event is July 13th in Santa Barbara and musical acts Brandi Rose and Jamey Geston will join the line-up at various other meal sites in Santa Barbara over the remainder of the summer. Follow the Food4Kids Facebook page for upcoming details about performance times and locations.

What: Free Summer Meal Concert
When: Thursday, June 29th, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Bohnett Park, 1236 San Andreas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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