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During this time of physical distancing, the Healthy Lompoc Coalition Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages will be posting health tips and community partner updates. If you have an idea you would like to share, please send it our way! We are unfortunately unable to share all of the wonderful work our community partners are doing during this time, so please view past newsletters and our community folder for more information.
Official Ballot Boxes in the Lompoc Valley
Planning to Vote in the 2020 Election? Make sure your vote is counted by dropping your ballot off at an official location. The Santa Barbara Foundation has put together Election & Voting Toolkits and the City of Lompoc has shared a map of official ballot boxes for your convenience.  

More Lompoc specific voting information can be found in the following videos:

College Park Prop. 68 Construction Project

The city is applying for grant funding for the College Park project through state Proposition 68, the Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018. In order to ensure the project best meet the needs of those using the park, the City of Lompoc is holding a series of community meetings to gather valuable input from the public. The two remaining meetings will be held remotely via Zoom video conferencing on November 12, 2020 and November 23, 2020 at 6pm. 

In addition, the City of Lompoc is hosting a survey to gather community input. Take the College Park Project Community Survey.

Food Action Network (FAN) Community Discussion Series and Grant Opportunities
Join the FAN on November 11, 2020 and December 2, 2020 for their virtual Community Discussion Series. This series will highlight local food system leaders and efforts throughout the County of Santa Barbara, cultivate discussion on local food system needs and challenges, and present opportunities to create a more resilient and equitable foodshed. Our panelists will include representatives from throughout the County, from the non-profit, public and private sectors.

This series is FREE and open to the public. Each session will include 60 minutes of discussion with our panelists, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Live Spanish interpretation will be available. Please register to attend.

The FAN is offering Food System Resilience Grants to Santa Barbara County organizations who seek support in implementing Food Action Plan goals. Funds will be distributed to activate and expand current objectives, and support new objectives that collectively build a resilient Countywide food system. Applications are due November 10, 2020.

Join the FAN Newsletter and social media pages for more information. 

NatureTrack in the Lompoc Valley

Are you and your family looking to get outdoors safely? Visit NatureTrack for more information on current programs, virtual tours and to register for an outdoor adventure. 

To register please email

7th Annual School Wellness Summit

The annual Santa Barbara County School Wellness Summit is virtual this year. 2020 summit resources are available and free. Access summit content today!  
The School Wellness 2020-21 grant cycle is now open! This year the applications have been modified to a shorter application.  Mini grants of $500 will be awarded. 

Deadline to apply is November 2, 2020. Apply at 
The Economic Empowerment 
Join CommUnify for their free Economic Empowerment Program’s 3 week ZOOM workshop on money management. The program will meet once a week starting Monday, November 9, 2020 through Monday, November 23, 2020. Requirements include: possessing an electronic device with internet capability, living in Santa Barbara County and having a child 0-5 years old. RSVP no later than Friday, November 6 to learn about money management, budgeting, and how to increase your credit score.
Please take a moment to click on the image links below to learn more about health in the Lompoc Valley. 
Questions about the Flu?
Stay informed on local COVID-19 information by visiting the Lompoc Valley Medical Center resource page, City of Lompoc page, Lompoc Chamber of Commerce page, and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Public Information Portal

Working Together 
To Reduce The 
Transmission Of 

Healthcare and educator partners in Santa Barbara County have come together to educate, unite and incentivize all of Santa Barbara County to join Masked and Mighty to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, reopen more businesses, keep the population healthy, keep hospital beds open, and get our kids back to in-person school.
For more community information please visit the Shared Google Drive!

Food In The Lompoc Valley

In Lompoc we are fortunate that many of our local organizations are offering additional services to ensure our community has sufficient access to food. 
Please check regularly for the most up to date offerings, volunteer needs and food distribution schedule.
LUSD School Food
Join LUSD this school year for FREE lunch and breakfast! LUSD's Child Nutrition Services is offering meal pick-up service to support remote learning.

For general questions or assistance with meal applications please email or call (805)742-3353. 

How Can You Participate Locally?

Do you or members of your family have some extra time this fall? Volunteers are needed to support the Lompoc Food PantryLompoc Valley Community Kitchen, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, CommUnify, and Community Partners in Caring. If you are interested in volunteering please make contact as soon as possible. 
Join The Quarterly FAN Newsletter

The quarterly newsletter will include: a feature on recent collaborative activation of Food Action Plan goals; a community profile in Santa Barbara County that is building food system resilience; upcoming events and funding opportunities; ways to take action. Sign up today!

Winter Squash At Route One


Humans have an extensive history with squash, it is dietary staple in the majority of North, Central and South American peoples. Many of the squash varieties we consume today were domesticated independently between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, long before European contact. Traditional favorites like pumpkins, zucchini and butternut squash have been consumed by Americans across all parts of the continent for the last 10,000 years!

All parts of the squash plant are edible and in many cuisines the squash flower, or flor de calabaza is commonly eaten. In Mexican, New Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine flor de calabaza are included in soups, quesadillas, empanadas and pupusas, and sometimes stuffed and deep fried for special relleno-style treat.

Low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium, squash is a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Add a serving of squash to your meals this fall and consider the key role squash has played in the long history shared with us all by the Indigenous people of the Americas.

Many types of squash and even the delectable flor de calabaza can be found Sundays this fall at Route One Farmers Market at 3745 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village.

Looking for more information on Winter Squash? Check out the links below:

Winter Squash Guide
History of Squash in America
Squashing Stereotypes About Winter Squash

Article contributed by Shelby Wild,
Executive Director and Market Manager for Route One Farmers Market 

Route One Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm at 3745 Constellation Road.  Please view the Route One Farmers Market Facebook and Instagram social media pages for regular market updates. For more information, email
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Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!

At this time our event calendar will reflect primarily virtual events in an effort to encouraging physical distancing and honor CDC recommendations for socializing. 

 November Events
December Events
If you have any questions about the events or programs listed in this email please feel free to contact Healthy Lompoc at, or the host organization. To keep this list current please continue to send any information you would like shared with the Coalition to Healthy Lompoc for distribution. For inclusion in the monthly newsletter please send event or program information by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

Who Are We?
 A Collaboration To Create A Healthier Lompoc

The Healthy Lompoc Coalition, established in 2006, is proudly facilitated by the LVCHO. The Coalition is a community collaboration of over 50 organizations and representatives from different sectors created in response to the growing challenges of obesity and physical inactivity in our community. The mission of the coalition is to advocate and support programs and policies that ensure a local environment which promotes and supports healthy living.

Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!

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