For foster youth, food insecurity is real: 1 in 6 report experiencing a time in the past 12 months when they were hungry but did not eat because they could not afford food.
JBAY is working to end hunger and food insecurity by increasing access to CalFresh, California’s food stamp program. JBAY takes a number of approaches to tackle this important issue, including eligibility education for youth in foster care and a special focus on food insecurity among college students.
Because of restrictive federal rules regarding CalFresh, accessing this important public benefit can be very difficult. Foster youth are commonly denied eligibility because their full foster care payments are mistakenly counted against them when determining CalFresh eligibility. For college students, federal law restricts access for full-time students. The documents and resources below are intended to assist those working with foster youth both on and off college campuses with navigating the CalFresh application process.