Food program gives extra help to Riverside County residents

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CalFresh, the state program that provides nutritious food to low-income individuals and families, is providing extra help to some local residents that have been hurt by COVID-19.

Administered by the California Department of Social Services, the program has added benefits to 75,000 Riverside County households already helped monthly by CalFresh, according to a county statement.

“The extra help is vital to children and adults and ensures they can access healthy food at a time when many people are experiencing financial hardships,” said Allison Gonzalez, assistant director of self sufficiency with the county’s Department of Public Social Services.

The extra CalFresh benefits have generated about $260 million for Riverside County grocers, farmers markets and restaurants in the past year, according to the statement.

County residents may see if  they qualify for CalFresh by applying at GetCalFresh.org, the C4Yourself mobile app, or by calling the Department of Social Services customer service line at 1-(877)-410-8827.

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