For Sarah, CalFresh helped to make a college education possible. She was not only a community college student but also an important source of income for her family. She lived with her mother and younger sister in an apartment where her mother’s paycheck barely covered the rent and other basic expenses. Until this year, Sarah’s part-time work paid for their food.

At the beginning of 2017, Sarah quit her job so she could take enough classes in order to transfer to a four-year college. Searching for a way to fill the income gap, Sarah found the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) online. She filled out an online CalFresh inquiry and received a call back from a CalFresh team member within an hour.

The next day Sarah went to the SFBFS’ CalFresh office to apply for benefits. Her application was submitted that afternoon. Within two days Sarah and her family had their EBT card in hand and were ready for their first shopping trip.

While Sarah plans to resume part-time work next semester, thanks to SFBFS’s online and in-person services, she’s found a way to help feed her family while taking needed classes. CalFresh gave Sarah the opportunity to put her education on track for a rewarding career and at the same time ensured her family didn’t go hungry.

Submitted by: Lorena Carranza