No Kid Hungry is joining state, counties, and community-based organizations across California bringing awareness, dispelling myths and assisting families with CalFresh. When kids are enrolled in CalFresh, they get the food they need to succeed both at home and school. But many newly eligible families may not know they qualify or how to sign up.
We are thrilled to share that the CalFresh Outreach Social Marketing Toolkit is now live and ready to share!
This toolkit was created to help partners get the word out to families about CalFresh food benefits. This toolkit includes a variety of ready to use assets to help you quickly and easily communicate with families. The social marketing toolkit includes social media graphics and social media posts in 13 languages. The graphics are designed for Instagram and can be used for Twitter and Facebook as well.
The Pandemic has shown a new light on what child hunger looks like in our country. No one has answered the call at this time more than schools by providing the much needed nutrition children need. It’s no wonder parents consider schools to be one of their most trusted sources in a time of need. But there is still much work to do and CalFresh Outreach can help lift children out of hunger while creating funding opportunities in your school district.
*Don’t see a toolkit for your county? Contact us!
This toolkit includes sample CalFresh outreach materials in English and Spanish that can be customized with the local details and specifics that best serve your community in Orange County.
Additional Toolkit: Download OC SSA’s CalFresh Communication Toolkit: K-12 Student Edition
In this webinar, No Kid Hungry California and the Orange County Department of Education, in partnership with Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Social Services Agency, will share an abundance of resources available to help your CalFresh Promotional Efforts.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as CalFresh in California, is one of the most effective ways to combat childhood hunger in America. The CalFresh program supplements a family’s food budget in order to ensure they are getting adequate nutrition.
CalFresh is proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and poverty and improving health by providing nutrition assistance to millions of low-income households through an array of vital services. CalFresh has the power to reduce hunger, support health, expand opportunity, and even respond to disasters. CalFresh provides monthly benefits to help households purchase the food they need if eligible.
A CalFresh Household may be a family, an individual, or any combination that purchases food and prepares meals together. A child living with parents cannot be a separate household until age 22.
Citizens of the United States or non-citizens who are legally residing in the U.S. are eligible to apply for CalFresh. Non-citizen parents may be able to receive benefits for their children who are citizens. Some income and property limits are reviewed to see if the CalFresh household is eligible. Property used as a home is exempt from property limits.
California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is a state-funded program for legal permanent non-citizens legally present in the U.S. and determined ineligible for federal SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits solely due to their immigration status.
Families that receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) could also qualify for CalFresh Food benefits. P-EBT cards are automatically sent to eligible families based on information from other programs, including CalFresh Food benefits and free or reduced-price school meals. You can apply for CalFresh Food benefits at GetCalFresh.org. **You do not need to apply for P-EBT**
Public charge rules do not apply to programs like CalFresh, Pandemic EBT, WIC, and school meal programs. Getting CalFresh will not affect your immigration status, or your chances of getting legal permanent residency in the future. For more information about immigration and public benefits, visit KeepYourBenefits.org.
**CalFresh & P-EBT food benefits will NOT risk your Immigration Status**
For immediate food assistance, find your local food bank. You can also call 2-1-1, a resource helpline for referrals for childcare, affordable housing or shelter, cash assistance, healthcare and more.
Talk to a local expert on public benefits and immigration. Immigrants who can get CalFresh benefits still need to meet the regular CalFresh income guidelines.
For more information and resources visit the CalFresh Program website. This resource was designed to assist county eligibility workers and other partners who provide services to the public.
If you are a program operator at a school district or community organization, we offer resources and technical assistance. Please contact us at NoKidHungryCA@strength.org
Last Reviewed: June 16, 2022