"All in one sheet" CalFresh information flyer (in English & Spanish): Created by Food for People, this one-pager gives a brief introduction to CalFresh, includes a basic pre-screen with income eligibiligy guidelines, lists documents a household may need to be prepared to provide to the county, has information on where to apply and how to reach the county, and much more. It is available in both English and Spanish. This document was updated for October 1, 2016. Click here to view and/or download it.
CalFresh Outreach Screening Tool: This is the screening tool that all project partners should be utilizing as of October 1, 2016, and it is available for download here.
Income Guidelines Changed as of October 1, 2016: The Federal Fiscal Year begins October 1, which usually means CalFresh/SNAP income guidelines and maximum benefit amounts increase for a Cost of Living Adustment (COLA). There may also be increases in deductions (calculated on the County side of eligibility) for housing and utilities. View/download this Fact Sheet for CalFresh Outreach Workers, which was developed by our partners at the California Association of Food Banks, who help network CalFresh Outreach workers state-wide. Click here for the Fact Sheet in Spanish.
SSI: Confused about "the S's"? Though people receiving SSI are not eligible for CalFresh, members of their households may be, so it's always a good idea to ask about others who may live in the household and encourage them to apply for those household members. Unsure about the differences between SSI, SSA, SDI and SSDI? This handy and easy to follow flyer, adapted from our outreach partners at 211 San Diego, explains it really well and to the point. Click here to view and/or download it.
Additional information on history and advocacy work for SSI can be found at the following links to the California Budget Project and, California Food Policy Advocates. In addition, the National Senior Citizens Law Center posted this presentation on the basics of what SSI is, how it works, and proposals to improve the program. In March 2015 the California Budget & Policy Center published this fact sheet comparing current SSI/SSP grant levels to county-by-county data on fair market rent for a studio apartment.
Ordering Outreach materials, brochures and other goodies: Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services has a variety of helpful brochures, posters, table displays, and promotional materials (like pens and bags) about CalFresh, C4Yourself, applying for health coverage and other programs available to order for free. In addition there are some items available to borrow for outreach events, such as banners, table covers and tents with the CalFresh logo. Click here to view/download the most recent order form.
Map of CalFresh Application Assistance sites in Humboldt County: Have you ever wondered which sites and organizations provide CalFresh application assistance in Humboldt County? This fabulous new map shows the closest site to you or someone you're assisting, along with a list of contact info and dates/times assistance is available at each site. Click here or on the map to view/download.
Humboldt County DHHS contact information:
Download this full page flyer that includes the local Humboldt County DHHS Service Center phone number, a list of services available through it, and the new call center hours, which are Monday through Friday 7:30am to 5:30 pm, including lunch hour. Please use this phone number (1-877-410-8809) when communicating the local DHHS phone number to clients. Click here to download the updated flyer in English and Spanish. Also, if interested in it as a poster to display, click here to dowload it as an 11x17 poster in English and Spanish.
DHHS Mobile Engagement Vehicle schedule can be downloaded from our Mobile Produce Pantry webpage. The Mobile Engagement Vehicle (MEV) provides an array of County services, including help applying for County programs such as CalFresh. The MEV travels to communities in various parts of Humboldt County to bring services closer to home. Food for People's Mobile Produce Pantry travels alongside the MEV, though the two sometimes have slightly differing schedules and sites. Please visit the Mobile Produce Pantry webpage and scroll down to the "More About the Mobile Produce Pantry" section to see the current MEV schedule specifically.
The following links are also very useful:
- The Calfornia Guide to Food Benefits is a thorough resource on some of the technical aspects of understanding CalFresh eligibility, regulations and special situations.
- The California EBT Project is a state website with information about the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) debit card itself, and includes a link to the EBT client website, at which clients with EBT cards can log in (or establish a login account) to do things like check account balance and transaction history.
- Two other resources for households that want to find out how much they have left in benefits are to call the toll-free number on the back of EBT cards: 1-877-328-9677 or check a CalFresh account online at www.benefitscal.org. This handy link helps people in the state of California to select their county and jump straight to the online system their county uses.
BARRIERS TO ENROLLMENT
AARP published a study on SNAP Access Barriers Faced by Low-Income 50-59 Year Olds (click here to download the highlights). As discussed at the Humboldt County CalFresh Task Force, these obtacles and beliefs are common for most age groups, and the highlights of the AARP report offer suggestions for overcoming these barriers.