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Low-Income Seniors May Qualify For CalFresh In Orange County

Patch logo Patch 5/29/2019 Ashley Ludwig
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ORANGE COUNTY, CA —The cost of living in the Southland has sent budgets soaring, and shopping for healthy food can become a hardship for our older residents. Starting Wednesday, low-income seniors and disabled individuals who receive federal and state welfare benefits can register for CalFresh food benefits.

The benefits will become available on Friday, June 1, the Department of Public Social Services reported.

In Orange County, residents can contact the call center to register for CalFresh at 800-281-9799 on their toll-free line, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Applications can also be completed online at www.GetCalFresh.org from any computer or mobile device. The simplified form should take about eight minutes to fill out, according to DPSS.

Los Angeles County residents can contact the call center at 866-613-3777, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a customer service agent will collect all the necessary information.

Los Angeles County authorities estimate that more than 240,000 low- income seniors and disabled individuals will benefit from the expansion of the program, more commonly known as food stamps. Given the numbers, the county set up a call center to handle applications, and officials said nearly three-quarters of requests could be processed on the same day.

Applying for the food program will not affect the amounts of other benefits received, according to the Department of Public Social Services Director Antonia Jimenez.

"The expansion of the CalFresh Program will help our department serve the county's most vulnerable and food-insecure populations," Jimenez said. "Because we understand that seniors and disabled residents face transportation and mobility challenges, we have developed these two options to serve them in the comfort of their own homes."

For more information, visit: www.GetCalFresh.or

City News Service, with Patch staffer Ashley Ludwig.

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