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Guest Column by Jack Duran and Robert Weygandt - Calfresh

This month District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt and I have provided this information in a joint effort.

Placer County is teaming up with Seniors First to help seniors put healthy, nutritious food on their tables. The focus of their efforts is CalFresh, the state’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Recipients receive electronic debit cards that may be used to purchase most foods at many food stores and farmers’ markets.

Seniors First and the Human Services Division of the county Health and Human Services Department have launched a campaign to make sure seniors are aware of the program and how it can benefit those who are eligible to participate.

As part of the campaign, they are visiting Senior Café lunch sites around Placer County to provide information about CalFresh, how it can help and how to apply. For those who might not know, Seniors First provides hot, nutritious lunches to seniors at nine Senior Café sites located in Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville.

We strongly support the efforts of Seniors First and Human Services. CalFresh plays an indispensable role helping ensure that participants have the means to buy groceries each month. The program emphasizes the importance of purchasing nutritious food that is so critical to the health and well-being of each and every eligible Placer County resident.

Human Services and Seniors First are making a big difference by ensuring that seniors have accurate information about CalFresh.  They emphasize, for example, that residents can participate in the program even if they own homes, have cars and maintain bank accounts. Monthly income is the key criterion used to determine eligibility.

Placer County residents have several options for applying to participate. They can apply online at www.mybenefitscalwin.org, by phone at 1-888-385-5160 or in person at any of three Human Services offices in Placer County:

  • Auburn: 11552 B Ave., 530-889-7610;
  • Rocklin: 1000 Sunset Blvd., #220, 916-784-6000; and
  • North Lake Tahoe: 5225 N. Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, 530-546-1900.

Again, it continues to be an honor to serve you.  If you have a question, comment or concern, please call my office at (916) 787 8950 or you can send me an email to jduran@placer.ca.gov.

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