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
Los Angeles County CalFresh Outreach Student Ambassador Application
(2020-2021 Academic Year)
This opportunity is open to students who will attend a California community college (within Los Angeles County) during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. This is a PAID opportunity.
Come join the fight against student hunger!
No student should have to go hungry! Did you know that students can use CalFresh (formerly food stamps) to get free money for groceries every month? You do not have to pay this money back.
Become a CalFresh Outreach Student Ambassador to help spread the word to your peers on campus and in your community about CalFresh and encourage more students to apply. Especially during this time of COVID-19, this free resource is more important than ever and we need your help getting the word out! As a LA County CalFresh Outreach Student Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to earn a stipend of $1,175 throughout the course of the academic year by spreading the word about CalFresh to your peers.
LA County CalFresh Outreach Ambassadors will be trained by staff of the Foundation for California Community Colleges via online training modules and web-based training and meetings. During Fall 2020 Semester, you will complete E-Outreach activities (social media posts, online classroom presentations, email blasts, etc.). During Spring 2021 (depending on the pandemic-related closures & safety protocols) you will be trained to shift to in-person outreach on your campus (tabling, events, classroom presentations, handing out flyers, etc.) This opportunity will provide professional development experience, hands-on training, and networking opportunities.
The application period will open on May 20, 2020 and close on June 8, 2020.
Ambassadors will be notified early July 2020.Apply for the LA County CalFresh Outreach Student Ambassador Program
- California Community Colleges Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Guidebook – Includes SNAP Application and Staple Food Guidelines
- 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