Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas announced a series of public awareness events coordinated by DPSS and more than 30 community and faith-based organizations for CalFresh Awareness Month.
County officials have declared May ``CalFresh Awareness Month,'' highlighting an effort to reach more low-income families and others who need food assistance. ``Hunger is an issue that affects us all and this collaboration represents an intense effort to serve those most vulnerable in Los Angeles County,'' said Sheryl Spiller, director of the Department of Public Social Services.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas announced a series of public awareness events coordinated by DPSS and more than 30 community and faith-based organizations. Supermarkets, farmers' markets, food banks and school districts will help promote the nutritional benefits of CalFresh.
``Even though a record high of 1.1 million individuals currently receive the benefits, we know that there are so many other in need of immediate food assistance who are unaware that they may qualify for CalFresh,'' Ridley-Thomas said.
CalFresh benefits -- once called food stamps -- can be applied for online and are issued via an electronic benefit transfer card that can be used at grocery stores to purchase food. Hunger not only negatively impacts children's intellectual, physical and emotional development, but puts them at greater risk for diabetes, according to the studies cited by the county.