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Our Vision:

A California where everyone is healthy, active, and nourished.

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About Us

Creating a Healthier California CalFresh Healthy Living, California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) program, works toward a California where everyone is healthy, active, and nourished. It is the largest nutrition education program in the United States, serving low-resourced Californians by promoting and supporting healthy living through good nutrition, increased physical activity, and healthy community changes. About one-third of all Californians – more than 10.7 million adults, adolescents, and children throughout the state – are eligible for CalFresh Healthy Living services.

Expansion of Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Efforts

CalFresh Healthy Living programming includes Direct Education, interactive classes that engage participants in learning about budget-conscious strategies for healthful eating and staying physically active.
7,761 direct education interventions across 1,857 sites
201,088 direct education participants reached

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Evidence-Based Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Changes

CalFresh Healthy Living programming also includes PSE interventions that transform communities by increasing access to healthy food, promoting healthy dietary choices, and expanding opportunities for physical activity.
53 out of California’s 58 counties experienced PSE interventions
5,333 PSEs implemented or maintained

California’s State Nutrition Action Council (SNAC)

SNAC is a state-level collaborative with active representation from all state agencies and nonprofits that implement USDA Food and Nutrition programs. SNAC works collectively to improve the health of Californians, especially those with limited resources.

Each year, SNAC members select a new or existing initiative of focus. In 2022, SNAC launched a Community Gardens Initiative to promote local neighborhood gardens across California. Prior initiatives include the Farmers Market Initiative, which focused on increasing shoppers’ knowledge and use of food and nutrition program benefits at local farmers markets. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAC promoted pandemic nutrition benefits and guided individuals to programs and opportunities in their communities.

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Our Partners

The California Department of Social Services oversees the CalFresh Healthy Living program, which collaborates with four State Implementing Agencies (SIAs): CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California; California Department of Aging; California Department of Public Health; and Catholic Charities of California, Inc. These SIAs contract with 102 Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) and community partners to deliver program services to CalFresh Healthy Living-eligible Californians where they work, learn, live, shop, eat, and play.

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CalFresh United

CalFresh Healthy Living is part of the CalFresh Family. All CalFresh programs and services address the needs of the whole person, and how we show it matters. CalFresh is a family of services united under one brand identity working towards the same vision to improve the health and lives of people in our communities. When someone sees us at the store, at their child’s school, at the food pantry, when signing up for benefits, signing up for employment or training, watching TV or visiting our website, we make it clear that we are CalFresh, supporting all of California through multiple touchpoints across daily lives that are connected, cohesive and valuable.