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CalFresh Awareness Month

One of the highest priorities of the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA) is to reduce hunger and food insecurity in Alameda County by increasing access and participation in the CalFresh program, the supplemental nutrition food benefit.

Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an unprecedented number of individuals have experienced job layoffs and disruptions to their daily lives. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's data reports, over 26 million unemployment insurance claims have been filed since the start of COVID-19 with many more claims expected to come.

While numerous legislations have been enacted to ease the hardships experienced by so many, there continues to be a growing need for access to healthy and nutritious foods. CalFresh is a vital support food assistance program that ensures individuals can meet their basic nutritional needs. Applying for CalFresh is more convenient than before with multiple methods to complete the application process without having to come to an office. Additionally, in some cases, individuals can receive their benefits in three (3) days!

ACSSA continues to partner with the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) and various community-based organizations to implement a 2020 CalFresh Awareness Month Campaign - "Healthy Food When You Need It Most." The campaign aims to inform all residents about the various ways to apply for CalFresh benefits and to connect residents to nearby food distribution sites.

Please see an important message on the impact of COVID-19 and how to access healthy food during this difficult time.

Share May CalFresh Awareness Month with friends and family!

Click Here for a countywide interactive map that includes food distribution sites and other essential services which are currently open under the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order.

Pandemic EBT - Get help buying food while schools are closed. For more information click here.

EBT Online
Did you know you can use your EBT card to make purchases online? Individuals and families can purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart. Find out more here

For more COVID-19 information and resources, click here.

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