Guest post by Juan M. Orozco, Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator: At the 11th Annual CalFresh Forum in Sacramento, Solano County received the “Best PAI in Class-Medium County” award for providing food stamp benefits to eligible low-income residents. California Food Policy Advocates presented the “Freshy Award” to honor individuals and organizations, such as the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, for their efforts to increase participation in CalFresh, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano supports educational and informational efforts to promote the federal nutrition program to potentially eligible persons. The Food Bank raises awareness of CalFresh by hosting trainings for community-based organizations and by going to low- income communities to help individuals get CalFresh benefits.
Food Stamp Outreach has made a positive impact in Contra Costa County and in Solano County. Outreach is helping reduce hunger and is helping to educate healthy eating. For more information about the CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Program, please visit /get-help/food-stamps.html.