No one in California should go hungry. Services are available to provide sustenance for impacted individuals and their families.
If you have been affected by a disaster and are in need of food assistance, you can apply for benefits through the CalFresh Program. To find out how to apply for benefits in your county, please call the toll free number 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD)or apply online at: www.benefitscal.org/
For more information on CalFresh, visit the website at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/calfresh
CalWORKs provides cash aid to eligible needy California families to help pay for housing, food, and other necessary expenses. For more information contact your local county welfare/social services department. To find your local office visit the website at: http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php or for more information on CalWORKS, visit the cash aid website at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/
Food Banks, Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
- California Association of Foodbankshttps://www.cafoodbanks.org/
- Feeding America http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/
Women, Infants and Children
The Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) program helps low-to-moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers and their babies and young children to eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides:
- Special checks to buy healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables, baby foods and wholegrains;
- Information about nutrition and health;
- Breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and community services.
For more information, call 1-888-942-9675 or visit the WIC website at: at http://m.wic.ca.gov and click on “Join WIC” or call 1-888-942-9675(1-888-WIC-WORKS).
Additional Food Buying Assistance
Households impacted by recent wildfires in Northern California could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). For more information, visit http://www.oesnews.com/dsnap-food-assistance/
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
For Post-Fire Disaster Assistance information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ca/newsroom/features/
Department of Food and Agriculture
If you are seeking Federal Assistance related to Food and Agriculture, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/firerecovery/
The Department of Social Services has created a page specifically to provide information and resources for individuals and families impacted by the October 2017 Wildfires. We have listed some of those services below, but you can find additional information at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Media-Center/October-2017-Wildfires
Food Banks, Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
- Sonoma County https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/food/
- Orange County http://www.ocgov.com/about/emergency/assistance/food
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Meetings for wildfire affected growers have been scheduled as follows:
- December 19 – Santa Paula Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula
(8:00 am – 4:00 pm).
- December 19th – Santa Barbara/Ventura Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office staff will be meeting with Avocado growers at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum at 926 Railroad Ave in Santa Paula, CA (8:00 am – 4:00 pm).
- December 19 – Riverside/San Diego FSA Office staff will be meeting with affected San Diego County producers in Fallbrook (download flyer)
- December 20 – Oxnard NRCS staff, Santa Barbara/Ventura FSA Office staff, and local UC Cooperative Extension Office staff are planning a Farmers/Ranchers emergency program meeting wither farmers/ranchers at Cooperative Extension’s office at 669 Country Square Drive, Suite 100 in Ventura (8:00 am – 4:00 pm).
- December 21 – University of California Cooperative Extension, 669 County Square Drive Suite 100, Ventura (8:00 am – 4:00 pm).
Federal relief personnel will be available to assist growers with the paperwork, and growers are asked to provide the following information:
- Business entity information (e.g. individual, limited liability corporation, etc.)
- Social Security Number and/or Employer Identification Number
- Location/size of the farm
- Extent of damage
If you are an impacted grower you are asked to contact both FSA and your county Agricultural Commissioner’s office.
Additional Resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Farm Service Agency
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet
University of California Cooperative Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency – Emergency Avocado & Citrus Post-Wildfire Informational Meeting (download flyer)