A recent expansion of Los Angeles County’s CalFresh food assistance program has made benefits newly available to seniors and people with disabilities receiving social security, but thousands of eligible residents in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater Village have yet to apply, according to county officials.
CalFresh recipients are given an EBT card, which works similarly to a bank debit card and is reloaded with funds each month. That card can be used to purchase food items at participating supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets.
According to county data from 2017—the most recent year available—more than 60% of low-income locals eligible to receive food assistance through the CalFresh program in the 90026, 90027 and 90039 ZIP codes never applied. The percentage is likely even higher now since the expansion of the program in June.
“This expansion of the CalFresh Program helps our department serve the county’s most vulnerable and food insecure populations,” said the county’s Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS) Director Antonia Jiménez in a statement. “It will ensure that they will not have to decide between buying food, paying rent or medication.”
CalFresh applications are accepted in person at any DPSS office during business hours, online at getcalfresh.org, or by phone Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by calling (866) 613-3777.