In collaboration with the Buellton Senior Center, Veggies Rescue and local restaurants and chefs, Santa Ynez Valley Community Kitchen at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley continues to provide free meals twice a week for those in need.
The meal delivery program is offered every Tuesday, from 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Each meal consists of a simple entree such as soup, stew, chili, or casserole and an "extras" bag of bread and fresh produce.
Mainly offered as a "no-contact" doorstep delivery service for seniors, the immunocompromised and those without transport, the food program also is open to anyone in need.
Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the center has been feeding an additional 70 seniors each day, which totals 160 — and that number continues to grow.
No application or verification required to partake. Deliveries must be arranged ahead of time by calling 805-688-4454.
Program recipients able to pick up biweekly food orders, can do so between listed time and by stopping by St. Mark's at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue, in Los Olivos. Social-distancing measures are to be observed upon order pick up.
For more information, visit www.smitv.org/news.html
A list of northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County distribution sites are provided.
PHP’s Chief Program Officer Mayra Ramos said that the first Tuesday distributions drew 250 families each and that the number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues.
The Great Plates program helps feed Solvang seniors in need, as well as boosting local food providers/agricultural workers who are struggling to remain open.
Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.
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