CalFresh and ASO have partnered up to help provide students with Nutrition Assistance by patterning up to create Los Angeles Mission Colleges first Food Pantry, and by helping students with the CalFresh Application.
CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets.
CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. Recipients receive and “spend” CalFresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards.
What is CalFresh Outreach (CFO)?
The CalFresh Outreach Program is funded through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and is implemented in partnership with county social services offices. It assists people through the entire CalFresh application process, including assistance with the application itself, obtaining verification documents, navigating the 30-day application period, as well as the renewal process.
Contact your CalFresh Outreach Team and take the application prescreen. If you are not sure who your CalFresh Outreach Team is, email (your CFO email here)
If you think you may be eligible, complete and submit an application with your CalFresh Outreach Team. Although the application is available online, we encourage you to apply online with the help of your CalFresh Outreach Team because they are very familiar with the questions and will likely get you through the application faster.
Once the application is received by the county, your 30-day application period begins.
During this 30 day period, you will need to do the following:
Complete your INTERVIEW with the county office by phone or in person (The county office will either call or mail you a date and time for your interview)
Let your CalFresh Outreach Team know if you have not heard from the county within the first 7 days.
You will then be required to provide verification documents [to your county office. This must also be completed during the 30 day period. Your application will not be approved if you do not submit verification documents that meet their requirements. Examples of verification documentation include:
Copy of ID
Proof of address
Financial aid award letter and schedule (if a student)
In order to keep your CalFresh benefits, you will be required to do the following:
Complete a Semiannual Report (called a SAR 7 Eligibility Report) 6 months after your initial application is approved. They County will let you know when this is due.
Complete a Recertification Application and be interviewed before the end of your certification period. The County will let you know when your Recertification Application is due and will send you a letter confirming the time and date of your interview. Most interviews will be conducted over the phone.
Food Pantry Information:
When & where we meet?
The Food Pantry will be open from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Fridays in the ASO Conference Room #2 (former math lab), located in the Campus Center building lower level.
Volunteers are needed to help during food pantry in order to better serve student. Help is needed with Sorting and Shelfing Food, and educating the community. Each experience is critical in helping get meals to Students facing hunger.