We help eligible neighbors access CalFresh (food stamps) benefits, one of the best ways to end hunger.
CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, is a nutrition assistance program for low-income individuals and families. In California, only about half of eligible households receive these benefits. Our Outreach Team is dedicated to getting more eligible people connected to this valuable program.
CalFresh leverages federal dollars to make an economic impact in low-income communities and is one of the best tools available to end hunger, with an average household receiving about $281 per month in benefits. In San Francisco and Marin, an estimated 38,011 people may be eligible for CalFresh but are not enrolled because of perceived stigma around getting assistance, immigration concerns, and an overwhelming application process.
The CalFresh Outreach team, alongside our broad network of community partners, the San Francisco Human Services Agency, and Marin Health and Human Services, work together to remedy these barriers to enrolling in CalFresh through education, outreach, client advocacy, and application assistance.
Food Bank staff helped 5,271 households to apply for CalFresh benefits
Families enrolled by the Food Bank received over $9 million
in benefits to help buy groceries
The purchasing power of those new benefits
provided enough food for over 2,112,488 meals
It was because of the Food Bank that I found out I could qualify for CalFresh. The $345 I receive in CalFresh benefits each month is very helpful. It takes a lot of worry off my shoulders. It’s so helpful to know that no matter what, at least our food is covered.
- Roxana, CalFresh recipient, San Rafael
I’m relieved that I can spend fifty dollars at the grocery store and not have to worry that I won’t be able to afford anything else that week. I might even be able to buy something special every now and then. Something special like fresh corn on the cob.