Basic Needs

Food

Biweekly Food Distribution

Groceries are available from PHP in Solvang at Mission Santa Ines, Los Alamos at Creekside Village, and Buellton at the Senior Center every other Thursday year round (except holidays) in order to help meet a family’s nutritional needs. Program eligibility is based upon income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Qualifying income levels depend upon size of the family. The quantity of food provided is also based upon family size. Food is obtained from canned and dry goods purchased from the Santa Barbara County Foodbank, produce donated by the Foodbank, USDA donations, and local donations.

  • More than 240,000 pounds of food were distributed to 350 qualified families in 2013-14
  • It takes 2,000 volunteer hours to operate the food program

CalFresh

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funded CalFresh program could help with $200 a month or more based on family size, income and expenses. The program allows individuals and families to use a debit card to buy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other healthy foods. PHP can enroll eligible individuals and families.

Fresh Rescue

Food items from Albertsons and local bakeries are available at the locations and days of the week listed below. Items offered for pick-up are subject to availability from donors. There are no income eligibility requirements and clients do not need to pre-enroll but must sign-in and bring bag(s) or basket to carry products home.

  • PHP Service Center in Solvang on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Santa Ynez Preschool in Santa Ynez on Fridays (School Days only)
  • Crossroads Church in Buellton on Mondays

Farmers Market

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11 AM-12 PM, produce is available at Crossroads Church in Buellton. There are no income eligibility requirements and clients do not need to pre-enroll but they must sign-in and bring bag(s) or basket to carry produce home.

Emergency Solutions

PHP can assist qualified individuals and families with financial and other assistance to bridge a financial crisis. Help is available to prevent eviction or rehouse; furnish a short-term supply of food and meals, basic household goods and clothing, or transportation, and prevent utility shut off. Income and U.S. residency documentation qualifications may apply for certain types of assistance.