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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | December 17, 2014

The Food Safety Net: Almost 4.5 Million Californians Received CalFresh (Food Stamps) This Year

In 2014, almost 4.5 million Californians participated in the CalFresh supplemental food program, formerly known as Food Stamps. Latino and white households represented the majority of CalFresh recipients in 2014, accounting for more than 75% of the approximately 2 million total households receiving assistance.

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Families and individuals generally are eligible for CalFresh food assistance benefits if their gross monthly income is 200% or less of the federal poverty level, (currently $3,976 for a family of four) and meet legal residency and other criteria.

However, only about 57% (PDF) of eligible children and adults participate in CalFresh, the lowest percentage of any U.S. state except Wyoming, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Programs like CalFresh and subsidized school meals that provide safety-net nutrition for children have been shown to improve children's health and school performance.

See Food Stamp and Food Security Data for California Children and Families

Helpful Links

California Food Policy Advocates

Child Trends: Food Insecurity

Feeding America

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

National Center for Children in Poverty

USDA Food and Nutrition Service: School Meals

Webinar Recording Now Available

If you missed our recent webinar, Using Student Homelessness Data to Advocate on Behalf of Children and Families, the recording is now available. Nearly 270,000 public school students in the state were homeless at some point in the 2012-2013 school year. New data from the California Homeless Youth Project and available only on are sorted by county, school district and legislative district. The data include information by grade level and nighttime residence. In this webinar, you'll learn more about this important new data set and how to use it in your work. Mascot
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CalFresh (Food Stamp) Participation, by Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2014

CalFresh Participation, by Race/Ethnicity Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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