Volunteer to Distribute Meals

In response to the food insecurity that many of our neighbors face, which has been worsened by COVID-19, United Way organized a Summer 2020 volunteer opportunity to provide free meals to vulnerable children in our community.

We partnered with the SBC Foodbank and No Kid Hungry to distribute meals to children and families at Canalino Elementary School and Solvang Elementary School. These meals fed families participating in United Way's virtual Fun in the Sun program at these sites as well as the surrounding community (meals are free for any child 18 years old or younger). Volunteers helped set up, organize, and distribute pre-packaged meals at both sites every day. 


Volunteer sign ups are now closed for 2020.

Thank you for your support!


  • Canalino Elementary School (1480 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013)
  • Solvang Elementary School (565 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463)
  • June 15 - August 14, 2020
  • Monday through Friday
  • ​11:30 AM - 1:30 PM in Solvang
  • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM in Carpinteria 
  • 2-3 volunteers are needed every day at each site to assist with meal distribution.

  • Volunteers will help set up, organize, and distribute meals every day at both sites. 

  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old.

  • All volunteers must review a short, mandatory training video. CLICK HERE to view the video

  • Distribution sites are located in the parking lot at each school. 

  • All meals will be sealed in individual packages.

  • Each location will have a drive through pick up option, as well as a walk up option for those who do not have vehicles. 

  • Volunteers will be provided with masks and gloves, but they are welcome to wear their own protective gear. 

  • Social distancing and safety precautions will be taken very seriously at each location.

  • During sign up, volunteers must accept a release waiver with United Way. 


 Questions? Contact Melinda Cabrera at mcabrera@unitedwaysb.org