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May is CalFresh Awareness Month!

May is CalFresh Awareness Month!

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

May is CalFresh awareness month! This is a comprehensive effort across Los Angeles County to increase participation in vital food assistance programs, reduce hunger and promote good nutrition.

CalFresh is a food assistance program that helps people to stretch their food dollars so they can by more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, this is a federal program run through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Eligible individuals can apply for CalFresh benefits through an application process through the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services (LADPSS).

Cinthia Onoa and Maira Sandoval of the Food Bank’s CalFresh Outreach Team

CalFresh is severely underutilized in our community. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s CalFresh Outreach Team is here to assist families and individuals with the application process.

CalFresh is intended to help low-income people put healthy food on their tables each month. The program also stimulates state and local economies because it brings federal dollars into our communities everywhere that CalFresh benefits can be redeemed, such as grocery stores or Farmers’ Markets.

More Stories from the LA Food Bank

Client Story: Frank, a US Army Veteran, Receives Food Assistance through the Food Bank’s Agency Network

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank works with a network of more than 600 charitable partner agencies throughout LA County. We recently visited My Friends House in Los Angeles and interviewed neighbors who were receiving groceries at their weekly distribution. Frank, an Army Veteran, shared this story with us.

You are playing a big role in my son’s well-being – thank you

Summer is harder for us because we lose access to school meals. Healthy foods like milk, meat, fruits and vegetables are not cheap. Last summer was my son’s first year with the Food bank’s Summer Lunch Program and he loved it! He said they even had watermelon.

Western Avenue Elementary School Parents and Students Say “Thank You”

Thank you notes from Western Avenue Students and their parents.

Client Story: Laura

No child should go hungry, but 1 in 4 kids in LA County might not know where their next meal will come from. The Food Bank’s Summer Lunch program makes a difference for low-income families whose children rely on school meals, which are not available during summer months.

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