Student hunger, or food insecurity, affects up to two-thirds of California Community College (CCC) students. Many students are not aware that they may eligible for CalFresh, California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps to prevent hunger and gives people access to nutritious foods. By reducing student hunger, CalFresh benefits can help our students have better health and educational outcomes.
Raising Awareness Statewide
Through funding from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), a generous gift from the Kroger Foundation, and a partnership with CSU Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) is working to raise awareness and reduce stigma about CalFresh benefits. These efforts include:
- Outreach toolkits with promotional materials
- Digital outreach
- CalFresh Outreach training and technical assistance
Built by Code for America, a nonprofit in partnership with the California Department of Social Services, https://students.getcalfresh.org/ helps guide California’s students through the process of getting CalFresh benefits with a friendly and respectful experience. It demystifies eligibility determination and streamlines the application process, removing barriers to access and putting CalFresh benefits in reach.
Fresh Success – CalFresh Employment and Training Model
Fresh Success helps community colleges and community-based organizations (CBOs) effectively start and manage CalFresh Employment and Training (E&T) programs in partnership with their counties. Through Fresh Success, CalFresh participants gain education and training that will lead to better employment and a path to economic self-sufficiency. This new approach to CalFresh E&T allows for increased federal funding and innovative, job-driven approaches.