Objective: To make veterans aware of special food programs available to them and their families in hard financial times.

Resources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/10/food-stamp-cuts_n_6847386.html

http:///www.calfresh.ca.gov/res/pdf/calfreshbrochureeng.pdf

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Calfresh are food stamps provided by the state of California. The entitlement program was provided to California residents with hopes to ensure all people have adequate nutrition levels. Shelter and food are the two most basic needs of the homeless. While Wounded Warrior Homes is happy to provide transitional housing, the organization recognizes that the men and women need additional resources to properly nourish themselves. Nutrition is essential to in all aspects of healing, mental, physical, and emotionally.

The state of California does have an application process necessary to receive a monthly cash stipend, however, all homeless individuals are able to apply. Most individuals are successfully accepted. The state welcomes the following to apply for Calfresh Food Stamps: sheltered and battered women and children, drug addicts enrolled in treatment programs, the disabled and or blind.

A long time qualification for CalFresh food stamps requires that the individual not make more than $150 per month. There is some speculation that the government will cut veterans’ food stamp program affecting about 60 thousand individuals with those benefits. The Congressional Budget is rumored to see severe budget cuts due to tougher entry of the program.

Although the rate of acceptance into the CalFresh program will slow over the next few years, veterans should still apply to the program. Also, many fast food restaurants in Southern California are accepting food stamps for hot food items as well as traditional groceries.

Please share this information with a veteran so he or she might apply. Also, we encourage individuals to donate to their local food drives and food banks. Many times the food you donate is provided to those in need, veteran and civilian members of society.

 

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