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Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
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Learn how you can qualify for Free Fast Home Internet with the ACP. Visit internetforallnow.org/applytoday or call 888-662-4011.

New “Market Match” Program

Farmers’ Markets that are participating in the original ongoing Market Match program, will be providing an increased amount of matching (up to $20 per visit) with CalFresh customers who use their EBT at the participating farmers’ markets and stores. The list of partners participating in this new "Market Match" program can be found here. (Updated September 2023)

 

Original “Market Match” Program

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program that matches customers’ CalFresh nutrition assistance benefits at farmers’ markets and other farm-direct sites. When CalFresh customers use their EBT cards to purchase at participating Farmers’ Markets, they may receive credit (up to $15 per visit). Please use this interactive Farmers' Market locator map that allows users to find farmers' markets near their zip codes. Many of these markets may accept EBT usage and may be participating in the Market Match program.

¡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!

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.

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, call 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) or text APPLY to 91997 to enroll on WIC.

Buy in-season fruits and vegetables to save money
Image of a family buying vegetables from a woman at a farm shop stand.

One way to save money is to buy in-season fresh fruits and vegetables grown here in California! Please visit this page for more information on when it is the best time to buy certain produce to save more money with your groceries!

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.

Food and Essential Distribution Resources
  • 211 LA created a food resource page to help users find local food resources.
  • 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 worldharvestfoodbank.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.