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Santa Barbara Food Bank provides fresh produce at "Lompoc Family Fiesta"

Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 02:43:17-05

The Santa Barbara Food Bank hosted its first Lompoc Family Fiesta Saturday at Lompoc High School.

Organizers gave out healthy groceries and fresh produce to community members who have a need for supplemental food.

Shaunta Whitaker is a single mom and said the free food helps her provide for her family.

"Right now its just me and my son, but it helps a lot," said Shaunta Whitaker, a Lompoc resident. "I work full time but still, its not enough to buy a lot of groceries and everything, so this does help out a lot."

The event also featured fun activities for kids, a book mobile, music, free breakfast tacos and coffee.

The Food Bank gave out raffle prizes which included Walmart and Starbucks gift cards, gas cards, laundromat prizes and more.

"The Foodbank's Mobile Food Pantries distribute healthy food at easily accessible locations in neighborhoods that are identified as high-need throughout Santa Barbara County. Each month, we provide nutritious groceries and fresh produce to around 300 families at Lompoc High School," explained Jamie Diggs, the Foodbank's partner services manager.

Residents said it was worth the wait.

"We came and we sat in line for about two hours. It was an easy experience, nothing hard," said Whitaker. "I mean, when you're getting something for free nothing is too hard."

All community members could attend the event and did not have to show any paperwork.