City to promote CalFresh awareness

variety of vegetablesMARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez City Council recently adopted a resolution promoting CalFresh Awareness. For some families, hunger can be a year-round predicament. The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to food budgets and put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

The program issues monthly electronic benefits which can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. CalFresh helps to improve the health and well-being of eligible households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. In Martinez, 863 households live below the poverty line and are potentially eligible for CalFresh benefits.

Online enrollment in the CalFresh Program is the fastest way to apply. Residents seeking assistance to better fill their food pantries are encouraged to visit to learn about and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs. “MyBenefits CalWIN” also provides ongoing access to secure and private benefit information. Using the one-page CalFresh Referral Form allows interested applicants to inquire about potential eligibility.

For more information about hunger and poverty issues in Contra Costa County, visit Ensuring Opportunity’s website at

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