Local Catholic Charities provide food security and nutrition education
At least 4 million low income Californians struggle with food insecurity, meaning that they don’t always know how they will get their next meal. Nearly one in four children in California live in a food-insecure household.
Food security for all Californians is a priority for Catholic Charities of California. Since 2009, Catholic Charities of California has led a statewide effort to enroll individuals into CalFresh. Local Catholic Charities Organizations have prescreened over 373,000 households and assisted more than 29,000 households to apply for benefits. Catholic Charities organizations provide these services in dozens of counties across the state, from Humboldt to Imperial.
Catholic Charities also work with CalFresh-eligible individuals and families to help decrease the risk of chronic health-related diseases, including obesity through federally-funded SNAP-Ed nutrition education. SNAP-Ed services provide clients with the knowledge, skills, and motivations to make healthy food and beverage choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles.
Since 2013, led by Catholic Charities of California, this statewide SNAP-Ed program has provided nutrition education to over 150,000 individuals in dozens of counties. The following local Catholic Charities Organizations participate in this program: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey, Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, Catholic Charities Diocese of Fresno, Catholic Charities Diocese Catholic Charities of Orange County, Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Catholic Charities of Sacramento, Catholic Charities of Solano, Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Service. Catholic Charities of California is the only nonprofit that is funded by the State for these services.