Food & Justice News April 28, 2020

Food & Justice News Apr 28, 2020

 

  1. Restaurants Deliver: California Begins New Program To Deliver Free Meals to Seniors
  2. CalFresh Can Now Be Used Online
  3. LA County DPSS Extends Customer Service Hours
  4. Link to LA County Food Programs

Restaurants Deliver: California Begins New Program To Deliver Free Meals to Seniors

Governor Newsom announced Friday, April 24 the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” partnership with counties, cities, and Tribes.

Restaurants Deliver has two purposes:

  1. Help older and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and
  2. Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.

As the local programs get established in the next few days, more information will be provided on this page. In the meantime, here are resources that are available now:

Reach out to California’s COVID-19 hotline for questions about coronavirus: 833-422-4255 (833-4CA-4ALL).

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/


CalFresh Can Now Be Used Online

(From CA State Department of Social Services)
As of April 28, 2020 you can use your EBT card to make purchases online.

Individuals and families can purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart. If you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.

California expedited implementation of EBT online purchasing in response to COVID-19. Allowing for EBT online purchases will support vulnerable populations in meeting their nutrition needs, especially while a statewide stay at home order remains in place. California is actively working to expand the number of stores that accept EBT online in the future.

CalFresh provides monthly food benefits that help individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food! Even if temporary, individuals and families who have experienced a change in their circumstances and need additional help may apply for CalFresh. Californians can visit GetCalFresh.org to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.
https://www.cdss.ca.gov/ebt-online


LA County DPSS Extends Customer Service Hours

(From LA County Department of Public Social Services)

CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER EXTENDS HOURS

Beginning today, the Department of Public Social Services will extend the hours of its Customer Service Center (CSC) to serve customers better. DPSS customers can now reach the department by telephone Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LA County DPSS administers CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, Medi-Cal, and other vital programs.

Regularly updated information on public benefits in LA County can be found here:

http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/home/news

There’s an excellent FAQ page for those receiving public benefits who have questions about reporting; about whether unemployment benefits or the stimulus check will affect your receipt of benefits: and other useful information:

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Benefits During Coronavirus


Link to LA County Food Programs

During the coronavirus pandemic we’ve seen a bewildering array of changes, most of them temporary but with no definite end date, in food programs, as well as helpful new services pop up from public and private sources, especially for vulnerable communities who really shouldn’t go out to get groceries at this time. LA County has set up a web page with all the vital links including:

  • Direct links to apply for CalFresh or for WIC
  • A link to search for free food resources in your area
  • Senior Critical Delivery service and the county’s Senior meal delivery program, as well as the city of LA’s recently expanded senior meal program
  • Resources for those who want to volunteer and for those who are collecting or redistributing food

https://covid19.lacounty.gov/get-support/

Repeating some information from the item above:
Regularly updated information on public benefits in LA County can be found here:

http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/home/news

There’s an excellent FAQ page for those receiving public benefits who have questions about reporting; about whether unemployment benefits or the stimulus check will affect your receipt of benefits: and other useful information:

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Benefits During Coronavirus



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