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CalFresh Healthy Living

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Background

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people. In California, SNAP is known as CalFresh Food (formerly CalFresh). This program issues monthly electronic benefits to low-income populations who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy food on the table. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), known in California as the CalFresh Healthy Living Program is a federal/State partnership that provides nutrition education for individuals who are enrolled in or eligible to enroll in SNAP.

The CalFresh Healthy Living Program supports healthy, active and nourished lifestyles by teaching Californians about good nutrition and how to stretch their food dollars, while also building partnerships in communities to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. The CalFresh Healthy Living Program improves the nutritional health of low-income Californians by providing access to nutrition education, physical activity education, and leadership toward healthy community initiatives.

Los Angeles County Funded Partners

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is partnering with multi-sector organizations across the County to provide a comprehensive public health approach to improve access to healthy food and prevent diet-related chronic diseases among Los Angeles County’s low-income families. The overall goal of the program is to achieve specific behavioral outcomes including increased consumption of healthy foods and water, reduced consumption of unhealthy foods and sugar sweetened beverages, increased levels of physical activity, and optimization of the food system.

Below is a list of CalFresh Healthy Living funded partners by sector and the activities and strategies they are implementing:

early childhood education

    Early Childhood Education

    Funded Partners

  • The Children’s Collective, Inc.
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Conduct nutrition education and physical activity classes
  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Promote CalFresh Food
  • Implement Smarter Mealtimespdf icon
  • Improve physical activity
Afterschool Program

    K-12 Schools and Afterschool Programs

    Funded Partners

  • Glendale Unified School District
  • Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Pasadena Unified school District
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Conduct nutrition education and physical activity classes
  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Promote CalFresh Food
  • Promote water consumption
  • Implement Smarter Lunchroom Movement
  • Implement share tables
  • Improve physical activity
healthcare clinics

    Healthcare Clinics

    Funded Partners

  • Venice Family Clinic
  • Northeast Valley Health Corporation
  • Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Conduct nutrition education and physical activity classes
  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Promote CalFresh Food
  • Implement food insecurity screening and referrals
food banks

    Food Banks/Pantries

    Funded Partners

  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Promote CalFresh Food
  • Implement the Nutrition Pantry Program
produce distribution

    Produce Distribution

    Funded Partners

  • Social Justice Learning Institute
  • Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement – Special Service for Groups, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Seeds of Hope, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Deliver free produce to early childhood education centers, schools, and healthcare clinics
  • Distribute produce in parks and other community-based settings
nutrition education and physical activity

    Nutrition Education and Physical Activity

    Funded Partners

  • Active San Gabriel Valley
  • Adventist Health Glendale Foundation
  • California State University – Northridge
  • National Health Foundation
  • Sustainable Economic Enterprises Los Angeles (SEE-LA)
  • The Whole Child
  • Activities and Strategies

  • Conduct nutrition education and physical activity classes at schools, parks, and community-based settings
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