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Sunday, April 29, 2012

MAY IS ‘CALFRESH AWARENESS MONTH’


 
 
MAY IS ‘CALFRESH AWARENESS MONTH’
CAMPAIGN AIMS TO REDUCE HUNGER IN THE COUNTY OF L.A.


According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report on food insecurity, the number of U.S. homes lacking adequate food more than tripled in the last four years. In Los Angeles County (home to 10.4 million residents), it’s estimated that only half of those eligible are receiving CalFresh – the supplemental nutrition food benefit previously called Food Stamps.

Despite a record high number of 1,061,000 individuals that received CalFresh benefits in January 2012, there are still many residents in immediate need of assistance that are unaware that they may be eligible for CalFresh.

This year, the campaign has enlisted the help of local supermarkets and farmer’s markets, food banks, and school districts, to educate the community about healthier food choices and the long-term benefits of exercise.

For more information on CalFresh benefits, visit www.dpssbenefits.lacounty.gov or call the DPSS Health and Nutrition Hotline at 1 (877) 597-4777.

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