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CalFresh Fact Sheet

CalFresh Fact Sheet

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 Food for People, Inc.
The Food Bank for Humboldt County307 W. 14
St.Eureka, CA 95501(707) 445-3166(707) 445-5946 faxwww.foodforpeople.org
CalFresh Challenge Fact Sheet
CalFresh, formerly the Food Stamp Program and known nationally as the Supplemental NutritionAssistance Program (SNAP), makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans across thecountry, alleviating hunger and improving nutrition. The CalFresh Challenge gives participants a viewof what life can be like for a large proportion of low-income Humboldt County households, in additionto millions of other low-income Americans. It started in 2007 when four members of Congress decidedto live for one week on an average food stamp budget of several dollars a day. The goal is to continue toraise awareness and understanding around the challenges faced by low-income Humboldt Countyhouseholds and millions of Americans receiving CalFresh/SNAP benefits. Food for People invites thecommunity to participate in the CalFresh Challenge as one of many Hunger Action Month activities.Most participants take the Challenge for one week, eating on the average daily CalFresh benefit (about$4.90 per person per day). Challenge participants find they have to make difficult food shoppingchoices, and often realize how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy.After paying for living expenses and health care costs, many low-income households have little or nomoney remaining to spend on food. Thanks to CalFresh there is help, though it is still a struggle toafford enough to eat throughout the month. CalFresh Challenge participants will be limited to a food budget of $34.30 for the week of September9
through September 15
. CalFresh Challenge guidelines and resources are available atwww.calfreshchallengesd.wordpress.com. For more information about the CalFresh Challenge locally,contact Heidi McHugh at (707) 445-3166 ext. 308 or via email athmchugh@foodforpeople.org.
Key Facts about Hunger and CalFresh
1 in 5 Americans struggled with food hardship
in the first six months of 2012.(Source: Gallup Poll)
SNAP now serves
1 in 7 Americans
and nearly
1 in 4 children.
3.9 million Americans, including 1.7 million children, were lifted above the poverty line withthe addition of SNAP benefits in 2010. (Source: Census Bureau)
In 2010, 76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or disabled non-elderlyperson. (source: USDA Food & Nutrition Services)
In a 2009 statewide survey conducted by UCLA,
California adults
reportedstruggling with food insecurity.
Key Facts about Hunger and CalFresh in Humboldt County
The California Center for Rural Policy’s
Community Food Assessment 
estimates that
31.1% of low-income adults experience food insecurity in Humboldt County
. The majority live onfixed incomes or are surviving paycheck to paycheck.
More than 15,000 Humboldt County residents participate in CalFresh, 40% of whom arechildren.

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