April 23, 2024
Vegetables and fruit in a market. Courtesy Pixabay

An unprecedented variety of San Diegans utilized for CalFresh advantages this yr after January’s historic flooding broken or outright destroyed a whole lot of houses within the county, leaving households displaced and scrambling.

Purposes for the catastrophe program closed on March 22 after being prolonged every week so that everybody affected by the flooding had an opportunity to use, the company stated in a launch.

The advantages had been additionally prolonged every week. All CalFresh recipients and new Catastrophe CalFresh recipients can use their playing cards to buy scorching and ready meals till April 10. 

On the identical time, conventional CalFresh enrollment numbers are additionally at a document excessive. As of March 1, 2024 greater than 389,400 had been enrolled in CalFresh, which is the best in San Diego County’s historical past and is a 4.4% improve over final yr’s numbers..

The County of San Diego says that illustrates a rising want for advantages throughout the board, highlighting the difficulty of meals insecurity.

Digital profit switch playing cards issued by CalFresh normally can solely be used to buy shelf-stable meals. Nevertheless, on this case, a momentary change was accredited by Meals and Diet Service for San Diego County, which is a part of the U.S. Division of Agriculture.  

The company permits the modification below circumstances reminiscent of energy outages, injury to houses, the displacement of residents, and different circumstances that forestall households from buying and making ready meals.  

FNS has notified all approved San Diego County EBT retailers of the waiver and is encouraging shops to submit notices alerting prospects of the change.  

Extra details about this system, together with apply, might be discovered right here.