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
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation are working together along with multiple partners on a statewide level, including CSU Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities, to raise awareness and conduct outreach among students to enroll for CalFresh benefits. The Foundation also received a generous gift from the Kroger Co. Foundation to conduct targeted CalFresh outreach in the Los Angeles area.
These efforts include creating outreach toolkits with promotional materials, digital outreach, and CalFresh outreach training and technical assistance, as well as a pilot program for CalFresh Outreach Peer Ambassadors.
By reducing student hunger, CalFresh benefits can help our students to have better outcomes both in health and education. This comprehensive awareness campaign will aim to reduce stigma around the program, encourage students to find out if they are eligible, and apply for benefits at students.getcalfresh.org. The CalFresh outreach project is funded in part by USDA, SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.
For more information, visit the CalFresh Outreach page:
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.
For more information, visit: https://foundationccc.org/What-We-Do/Student-Services/FreshSuccess
- California Community Colleges Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Guidebook
- Wellness Central
- CalFresh Outreach Webinar, Part 1 – College Student Food Insecurity: CalFresh Benefits
- CDSS CalFresh Student Eligibility Guidelines: All County Letter No. 17-05
- Apply for CalFresh Here
- Biteable: Basic Needs – Helping Students Enroll in CalFresh
- Infographic: Supporting CCC Students in Meeting Basic Needs
- Each Mind Matters Resource Center