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Boosting SNAP can help families in every congressional district amid COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 crisis or not, programs like the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) – known as CalFresh in California – help millions of people buy food they need to support their families and households. Even with a strong economy in 2019, CalFresh provided food assistance to nearly 1 in 10 Californians. And we know that the demand for CalFresh food assistance is already increasing as a result of the crisis.

In fact, all 53 of the state’s House congressional districts are home to Californians who receive food assistance through CalFresh, according to a new analysis from Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher and Research Associate Monica Davalos.

Our new fact sheet breaks data down by congressional district. Visit our website to learn:

  • estimated average monthly number of participants in 2019
  • CalFresh participants as a share of the population, and
  • estimated annual CalFresh benefits.

Given that demand for CalFresh is rising, federal policymakers should take additional action to help Californians put food on the table and boost our local and state economies.

This article was released by California Budget & Policy Center.