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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.

Approximately one in five U.S. children lives in food insecure households. Children who do not have consistent, dependable access to food are more likely to experience a host of health issues, including, but not limited to developmental, behavioral, and mental health problems.

CalFresh is a vital food assistance program that helps bridge the gap between food insecurity and low-income children and families by providing consistent and dependable access to nutritious food. Food assistance programs like CalFresh have been shown to reduce poverty, improve school performance, and improve children’s overall health in general.

ACSSA partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB), the Alameda Health Consortium and other community partners to implement a 2017 CalFresh Awareness Month Campaign - "Connecting Children to CalFresh." The campaign aims to address hunger and food insecurity by promoting the CalFresh Program to families with children, providing them with resources to apply for benefits, and increasing health and nutrition-based awareness to empower households to make informed decisions about their families nutritional needs.

See our calendar for a complete list of CalFresh Awareness Month activities:

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