Community Needs : Family Support Services, Food/Nutrition, Housing Assistance, Seniors
This grant funded the purchase of food for distribution in its Santa Barbara and Carpinteria food pantries and its mobile food pantry in Isla Vista. More clients and increased visits to its food pantries have resulted in a 24% year-to-year increase in food demand. Case management assures that all clients qualify based on need, tracks program outcomes and addresses other emergency issues like rent and utility assistance, counseling and veterinary care for seniors' pets. Over 94% of clients qualify as low-income (under $21,200 annually for a family of four) and they are predominantly families with children under the age of 18 (66%).