Kaiser Permanente Supports CalFresh Assistance at SFBFS

Alicia recently relocated to the Sacramento area from Oregon. Homeless and 5 months pregnant, she came across Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) while searching online for community resources. She submitted a CalFresh (federal food stamps program in California) inquiry and was contacted by SFBFS right away. After verifying her eligibility to apply, SFBFS invited Alicia to complete a CalFresh Intake Form. She was eligible for expedited CalFresh services and was approved for benefits shortly after completing her phone interview with the Department of Human Assistance!

230,000 people in Sacramento County experience food insecurity. That means even if a person has enough to eat today, they are at risk of not having enough to eat tomorrow. Many families are one medical bill or unexpected expense away from being unable to afford the food they need. For folks whose stability is precarious, a food budget is often the first thing to be cut when there isn’t enough money to cover necessities like rent or medications. That’s why CalFresh is an incredibly valuable safety net. When hard times hit, CalFresh benefits ensure that neighbors struggling economically don’t go hungry.

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SFBFS is deeply grateful to Kaiser Permanente for their grant of $95,000 towards our CalFresh department. Their generosity provides outreach and application assistance to Sacramentans for support in the CalFresh application process. Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement uniquely pairs grant funding with 65 years of clinical expertise, medical research and volunteerism to support prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that are expanding access to care and creating healthy environments.

When Alicia reached out to SFBFS to apply for CalFresh, she just wanted to make sure she’d have enough food while she gets back on her feet. SFBFS provided Alicia with additional resources for pregnant mothers. She was connected with Women Infant and Children, as well as SFBFS’ Parent Education program where she can access free diapers and baby supplies.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program’s dedication to outreach and application assistance opens the door for SFBFS to support clients in ways that extend beyond CalFresh. Their generous grant means moms like Alicia will continue to receive dignified support in staying healthy and fed, in addition to being offered tools they may need to lead a healthy life. Read more information about Kaiser Permanente’s work in the community here.

Submitted by:
Kelsey Long
Development Associate
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services