Department of Social Services


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The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services provides protective and supportive services to help individuals and families in our community be safe, supported and self-sufficient.

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Did you know?

  • Historic news! Effective June 1, 2019, California recipients of SSI/SSP may be eligible for CalFresh food aid. For more information, see this printable flyer (2-sided, bilingual) or this article.
  • Kids under 18 can get a free lunch on weekdays while schools are closed for summer! See this printable flyer (2-sided, bilingual) for dates, times and locations. Or text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877 for a location near you.
  • Are you over 60 and on a limited income? You could get a coupon book for $20 in FREE fruits and veggies. Here's how.
  • Get more fruits and vegetables: The Market Match program doubles your CalFresh benefits at participating Farmers' Markets. See this brochure or visit to find a participating market near you.
  • Can't get to our office? We hold office hours (outstations) at many other locations on a regular schedule. Find out when we'll be in your neighborhood on our Contact Us page.
  • Not sure where to find help? Visit or call 211 on your phone for help finding services: health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling and more.
  • Never share your EBT card number and PIN number: this information can be used to steal your benefits. Beware of scams.

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