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September 27, 2011 > Seniors, put healthy food on the table

Seniors, put healthy food on the table

Submitted By Christine LaBadie and Ray Grimm

Use CalFresh benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and more. CalFresh is California's new name for the Food Stamp Program and is developed in cooperation with the California Department of Aging, California Department of Social Services and California Department of Public Health.

CalFresh benefits are issued on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, like an ATM card, which can be used at most grocery stores, neighborhood stores and farmers' markets. Most CalFresh participants receive more than $100 each month.

Those on a limited income may be eligible. Those in receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not eligible but Social Security Retirement Benefits are fine.

Special rules make it easier for older adults to receive CalFresh. When calling, 1) tell the eligibility worker if you are 60 years or older; 2) ask for a phone interview - you may not need to apply in person; 3) you can have savings, a house and cars and still qualify; 4) tell your worker about your medical bills and housing costs that may be deducted from your income.

Call today and learn how to apply. English: 1-(877)-847-3663 / Spanish: 1-(888)-926-6432. If callers are directed to voicemail, they should leave a message so that a worker can call them back and start the application process.

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