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CalFresh Awareness Month 2024

CalFresh Awareness Month 2024

May ushers in CalFresh Awareness Month, an initiative devoted to growing public awareness of the state nutrition assistance program. Statewide, community organizations, such as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, are dedicated to raising awareness, debunking myths and assisting those in need with CalFresh applications during this month and beyond.

Known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and formerly known as Food Stamps, CalFresh aims to help low-income individuals and families purchase nutritious food. Program participants receive an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to buy food at authorized retailers. Fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, breads, cereals, snack foods and other whole foods are deemed eligible for purchase through one’s CalFresh benefits. 

Many people are eligible and may not know it. Find out today if you and your family can receive benefits > 

As food prices have shifted nationally, especially in LA County, households living on smaller budgets face tough choices. Repercussions of price hikes can be profound, with food-insecure neighbors choosing between purchasing nutritious meals and meeting other essential needs. The most vulnerable among us, including children, older adults and those experiencing poverty, bear the brunt of these challenges. Food insecurity becomes an ever-looming threat as prices for essentials like fats and oils, sugar, cereals and bakery products rise.

The LA Regional Food Bank and CalFresh

Throughout the month, the Food Bank and its partners reach hundreds of thousands of individuals across the County, helping provide food and nutrition assistance to those part of the CalFresh program, as well as to those that aren’t eligible. At these distributions, individuals may receive fresh fruits and vegetables, canned and bagged goods, dairy products, meats and household essentials. 

Related: How to Access Nearest Food Resources in LA County

Hundreds of thousands turn to the Food Bank and its partners monthly. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Food Bank is able to help those in need when they need it most. If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating to the Food Bank. 

Get Involved

When you give monthly, you provide food to a family in need. Together, #WeFeedLA.

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