Many residents eligible for ‘CalFresh’ program

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Thousands of Paramount residents qualify for CalFresh benefits. Los Angeles County residents receiving Supplemental Security Income have qualified for the program since June 1 of this year.

CalFresh helps people buy food.

According to the CalFresh Program Reach Index (PRI) data for 2017, an estimated 13,094 individuals in Paramount qualify for the program.
Of that group, the PRI in 2017 found 7,824 were actually receiving CalFresh.

” CalFresh is a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods. In California, CalFresh used to be known as the Food Stamp Program. Nationally, the program is called SNAP. It is funded by the federal government. CalFresh benefits are issued on an EBT card that works like a debit card and can be used at most grocery stores and many farmers markets to purchase food,” according mycalfresh.org.

“This expansion of the CalFresh Program helps our department serve the county’s most vulnerable and food insecure populations,” said DPSS Director Antonia Jiménez. “It will ensure that they will not have to decide between buying food, paying rent or medication.”
For more information, contact the Department of Public Social Services by phone at 866-613-3777, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or online by visiting www.getcalfresh.org.