Pasadena's Low-Income Seniors and the Disabled May Qualify For CalFresh Food Benefits

Published : Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 5:36 AM

Starting this week, low-income seniors and disabled individuals in Pasadena who receive federal and state welfare benefits can now register for CalFresh food benefits that will become available on Friday, June 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) announced.

Pasadena residents can call (866) 613-3777, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to register for the benefits. A customer service agent will respond and collect the information needed for registration, according to a report by City News Service.

The report said applications can also be completed online at www.getcalfresh.org using any computer or mobile device. The form takes about eight minutes to fill out, according to DPSS.

Providing nearly four million individuals – one in 10 Californians, including two million children – with food benefits each month, the CalFresh Program, California’s supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. DPSS administers CalFresh to over one million residents in LA County.

Authorities in LA County say more than 240,000 low- income seniors and disabled individuals will benefit from expanding CalFresh. Officials said nearly three-quarters of requests could be processed by the call center on the same day, the City News service article reports.

Applying for the food program will not affect the amounts of other benefits received, according to the Department of Public Social Services Director Antonia Jimenez.

“The expansion of the CalFresh Program will help our department serve the county’s most vulnerable and food-insecure populations,” Jimenez said.

For more information on registering for the program, visit www.getcalfresh.org.

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