Concerns may include: a change in your or your families financial situation, missing meals due to lack of finances to cover food.
CalFresh is California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which provides a debit card that can be used for food at a wide variety of stores. You qualify based on your income, family size, and other eligibility requirements. If you live outside of the state of California, it is most likely referred to as SNAP and you can learn more about your state's assistance here.
Depending on what county you live in, you can apply in different ways. Student Wellness would recommend that you can call 2-1-1 to see if they assist with applications. Applying through 2-1-1 will allow you to have a direct link to your application so that it can stay on track within the county’s system. (While you are speaking with 2-1-1 you can also ask about immediate food assistance as they can provide referrals to local providers.)
Typically CalFresh takes about 30 days to process, you may qualify for CalFresh Expedited Service (receiving benefits within 3 business days) if:
2-1-1: A phone number that can be dialed in any county in the United States that will direct individuals towards various social service and community resources to assist with things like food resources, utility assistance, connection to shelters and/or safe parking programs, housing eviction prevention, etc.
Many counties also have online databases, which allow you to search your county's local resources. You can locate your local 2-1-1 here.
The Central California Food Bank has a searchable map and distribution list that allows residents to locate free food in their area.
4010 E Amendola Dr.
Fresno, CA 93725
Clark County (NV) as an organization called Three Square that helps to connect those in need with food assistance.
You can click here to explore the list of emergency food distribution sites, interactive map of sites, or to call their call center directly.
They also have the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is a federally funded program that helps low-income families access free emergency food assistance. You can click here to read the eligibility guidelines and view the distribution information.
4190 N. Pecos Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89115
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has a searchable map that allows residents to locate free food in their area.
Be sure to review the information above the map to see if you might qualify for CalFresh, WIC, and/or senior food assistance.
1734 East 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County provides assistance to individuals or families needing food or assistance applying for CalFresh.
They have a searchable map that allows residents to locate free food in their area and other search criteria.
They also help to connect people to after school and summer meals for kids and groceries for seniors, which you can learn about on their website.
8014 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
The San Diego Food Bank provides nutritious food to people in need, advocates for the hungry, and educates the public about hunger-related issues.They also connect individuals to a diaper bank program if needed as well.
They offer four major programs, which you can learn more about by clicking the following link: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/gethelp/ by clicking that link you'll be able to find the locations of the programs below in your area.
Super Pantry Program: Food distribution hubs that offer both “drive-thru” and “walk-up” food distribution services.
Emergency Food Assistance Program: Distributes emergency food packages (mostly nonperishable). Income restrictions (click the location list to learn more).
Neighborhood Food Distribution Program: Distributes fresh produce and nonperishable food items. ANYONE can receive food at these sites. IDs ARE NOT required and there are NO INCOME restrictions..
Senior Food Program: Provides a monthly 35-pound box of food and a 2-pound block of cheese to senior citizens aged 60 and over who meet income guidelines.