County Highlights Access to CalFresh Food Assistance

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Applying for CalFresh – California’s federal food assistance program – has never been easier. And San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, community partners and food advocates are doing outreach at dozens of events during May’s CalFresh Awareness Month to spread the word.

The events include community fairs and farmers markets, as well as targeted outreach to seniors and families with young children. Visit the list of events on the County’s CalFresh site for details.

CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, is a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals who meet certain income guidelines. It’s designed to help reduce food insecurity and help low-income families and individuals increase access to fresh and healthy food, part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.

Eligibility and the amount of benefits issued depend on your household size, income and certain living expenses.

Residents can apply for CalFresh online at and or by calling 2-1-1. More information can be found online.

There are approximately 266,000 San Diego County residents receiving CalFresh benefits according to April 2018 data.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact