The Dept. of Public Social Services Outreach staff are making themselves available to assist with CalFresh and Affordable Health Care Applications every Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm at Virginia Avenue Park.
CalFresh was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. It does that by increasing food-buying power, so that individuals and families are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs.
CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store. Despite this safety net, California has one of the lowest participation rates of all states in the federally-funded food assistance program.
To address this issue locally, the City of Santa Monica has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) to bring an outreach worker on site at Virginia Avenue Park to assist community members with applications for CalFresh every Tuesday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
The worker can also assist with other DPSS non-cash benefits including Affordable Healthcare Programs such as Medi-Cal, Medicare and Medicare Savings Program.
Stop by Virginia Avenue Park on a Tuesday to find out how to apply or make an appointment by calling 310.458.8688.
Virginia Avenue Park is located at 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica.