The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has declared May as CalFresh Awareness Month. CalFresh is a federally funded program that helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health.
During the month, activities throughout the county will help educate the public about the important role CalFresh plays in helping people pay for the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.
The basket below, created by Second Harvest’s CalFresh Outreach Team, demonstrates how a little smart shopping can make $15 in CalFresh benefits go far. This demonstration can be appealing to seniors and working households who don’t generally don’t think they are eligible for the program.
Feeding America recently released their Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans research, which was conducted with the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH). The study reveals that senior food insecurity is associated with lower nutrient intake and an increased risk for chronic health conditions. You can read the study here.
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County has a bilingual team of CalFresh Outreach workers to help with the application process. If you know of someone experiencing food insecurity, please refer them to our Community Food Hotline for assistance.
Community Food Hotline: 831-662-0991