The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 provided funding for Los Angeles County to build an equitable economic recovery from the devastating economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program received ARP funding to implement the Grocery Voucher program. The design of the program is aligned with the County of Los Angeles Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative to ensure that we are prioritizing communities who were most impacted by the pandemic. To learn more about ARP projects that are being serviced by Los Angeles County, visit the Projects Viewer page.
Los Angeles County Grocery Voucher Program
The Los Angeles County Grocery Voucher program provides benefits for low-income households who need help buying food and are currently not receiving any assistance from food programs, such as CalFresh (food stamps or EBT). These benefits can be used to buy groceries at participating grocery stores either online or in the store. The goal of the program is to increase nutrition security (access to nutritious foods that promote health and well-being) for participating low-income households.
The Grocery Voucher program will be targeted in communities that were most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other risk factors as determined by the Los Angeles County Equity Explorer tool. The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is partnering with Public Health Institute (PHI) to implement the Grocery Voucher program in Los Angeles County. PHI will collaborate with community-based organizations who serve immigrants and/or opportunity youth (individuals between 16 to 24 years old who are disconnected from school and work) to assist with implementing this program.