Food security for all Californians is a priority for Catholic Charities of California. At least 4 million low income Californians struggle with food insecurity. This means that, on a regular basis, they don’t have access to enough nutritious food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
Increasing Food Security: Since 2009, Catholic Charities of California has led a statewide effort to enroll individuals into CalFresh, California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. CalFresh is a nutrition program designed to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to sustain health. Through CCC’s CalFresh Outreach Program, Local Catholic Charities Organizations have assisted more than 29,000 households in 23 counties to apply for CalFresh benefits.
Providing Nutrition Education: Catholic Charities organizations also provide clients with the knowledge, skills, and motivations to make healthier choices. Since 2013, Catholic Charities of California’s SNAP-Ed Program has reached over 110,000 individuals in 23 counties. Local Catholic Charities Organizations provide nutrition education, physical activity instruction, and environmental support to participants. These services help participants, low-income adults and children, choose healthier foods and beverages within a limited budget and choose more active lifestyles. Healthier diets and higher activity levels decrease the risk of chronic health-related diseases, including obesity.
Local Catholic Charities Organizations participating in this program include Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, Monterey, Stockton, Fresno, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Solano, San Bernardino-Riverside, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
Catholic Charities of California is the only nonprofit funded directly by the State to provide these services.