All across the country, No Kid Hungry is working to make sure kids are able to get the food they need, every day.

One of the most important ways we do that is with research and technical assistance – working with school districts and community organizations to strengthen and improve access to the nutrition programs that help feed kids. 


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, is the largest federal nutrition program in the United States and reaches the most children at risk of hunger.

CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

P-EBT is a federal food program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school and child care closures.

P-EBT provides food benefits to help families with young children (under age 6) who got CalFresh Food benefits between October 2020 and August 2021 and school age children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Program for School Year 2020-21, and assumed to have attended school via distance learning at least some of that time.

Community Eligibility Provision

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Last Reviewed: January 13, 2022