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Food and Nutrition

We provide food programs to help improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. Review our programs below for more information and eligibility.

IMPORTANT: CALFRESH EMERGENCY ALLOTMENT ENDS IN FEBRUARY 2023!

Emergency Allotments have been provided to all eligible CalFresh households on a monthly basis since March 2020. If you have not received the CalFresh Emergency Allotments for your household for the months of November, December 2022, or January 2023, it will be issued on February 5, 2023.

The final Emergency Allotment (for February 2023) will be issued in March 2023. 

CalFresh Emergency Allotments are ending because the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 ends the issuance of CalFresh Emergency Allotments to households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

End of CalFresh Emergency Allotments Flyer

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End of CalFresh Emergency Allotment Frequently Asked Questions

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Other Ways to Access Food Benefits

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank logo that states: Fighting Hunger. Giving Hope.

Visit LA Regional Food Bank's online food pantry locator or call 1 (323) 234-3030 to find the closest food bank near you.

Food and Essential Distribution Resources
  •  211 LA created a food resource page to help users find local food resources and the site includes an interactive Food Finder map to help users locate food in their area.
  • World Harvest LA is a non-profit organization that provides food, basic staples and living essentials to people who are at risk of hunger. Please visit worldharvestla.org or call 1-213-746-2227 for more information.
  • Fresco y Saludable/Fresh and Healthy - A produce prescription program that is available to Northeast Valley Health Corporation clients who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, screened for food insecurity, and diagnosed with either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

    For more information regarding this program and participating clinic sites, please read this article about Fresco y Saludable.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) organization

WIC is a program that assists moms, babies and children under 5. Please visit their webpage or call 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) to apply.

CalFresh and EBT News and Updates
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Please check here to  find all the most up-to-date news and announcements regarding CalFresh benefits and the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program!

Restaurant Meals Program
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The Restaurant Meals Program allows homeless, disabled, and elderly (age 60 and over) receiving CalFresh benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants.

CalFresh Outreach
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Here are additional resources for further interest in the CalFresh program. There is an Outreach Toolkit to assist agencies in conducting the most effective CalFresh outreach possible, a list of community partners to assist the public with applying for CalFresh benefits, and more.

¡Más Fresco! is a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Community Health, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Northgate Gonzalez Market.

The program provides financial incentives to CalFresh households when they purchase fresh fruits and vegetables using their EBT card at participating Northgate Markets in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.

¡Más Fresco! is now available to CalFresh recipients via online enrollment. CalFresh recipients who enroll in the ¡Más Fresco! More Fresh Program will be randomly assigned to receive either $2 or $4 in rebate dollars for every $1 of CalFresh EBT dollars spent on fruits and vegetables at participating Northgate González Markets, up to $100 per month.

Visit the ¡Más Fresco! for more information! You can also click the banner above to visit the website!

Meal Delivery Services
Meals on Wheels America organization

Meals on Wheels America is an organization that is dedicated to addressing elderly/senior isolation and hunger. Please use their provider search page to find a program near you! 

Elderly Nutrition Programs (ENP):

The Home-Delivered Meals Program delivers a nutritious meal daily to home-bound individuals (age 60 and over) and serves as a mechanism to check up on the client.

Call the California Aging and Adult Information Phone Line at
1-800-510-2020 for meals and other resources or services from LA County and the City of LA.

CalFresh
Grocery paper bag with fresh organic vegetables, fruits, meat.

The CalFresh Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) improves people's nutrition in low-income households by increasing their food-buying power so that they can purchase sufficient food to meet their household's needs.

When you apply, we can expedite your CalFresh benefits by issuing on the same day or within 3 days following the date we receive your application; If one of the following applies:

•   Your household's gross income is less than $150 per month and the money on hand or in the bank is less than $100; or

•   Your household includes a migrant or seasonal farmworker, and you are destitute; or

•   Your household's combined monthly gross income and available resources are less than your monthly rent or mortgage, plus utilities.

If you are eligible for CalFresh assistance, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card. You can use your EBT card to purchase food items at participating grocery stores, order grocery online for pick up or delivery at participating grocery stores, and participating Farmers' Markets.

Additional Nutrition Assistance Resources

In addition to the CalFresh Program, there are additional nutrition assistance resources to help put food on your table!

 

 
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card
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The Golden State Advantage Card was implemented in 2004 as a new way of accessing your Cash and/or CalFresh.

You may have received a replacement EBT card. 

Customers who qualified for a replacement EBT card have been mailed a card starting February through mid-March 2022.

The new card has advanced technology for safety. Your PIN will not change and the card may be activated simply by using it to make a food or cash transaction.  You will have 30 days to activate your replacement card before your old card stops working.  If you have any questions, please call the EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 or the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777.

 

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