Here are some of your resources to help you and your family take care of your basic necessities. I know when I was dealing with unemployment, the question on where and how I can take care of my family's basic necessities always weigh so much on my mind. I hope you will find the information useful and will take some burden off your back knowing there are organizations and programs available to assist you.
1. California Work Opportunities & Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)Cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/calworks or http://www.c4yourself.com
2. General Assistance or General Relief
Loans or grants are available for adults without children who have little or no assets or income. http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php
3. CalFresh Food Stamp Program - The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people buy nutritious food at most grocery stores and some farmer’s markets.
tel. #: 1-877-847-3663
4. Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) & Local Food Banks- In California, federal, state and local community organizations coordinate to ensure that groceries are available at local food banks. http://www.cafoodbanks.org
5. Free Summer Lunch Programs - Free lunches are available to all children under 18, regardless of income, every summer.
6. School Meals - Free & reduced-price breakfast & lunch at public schools when in session.
7. Women Infants and Children (WIC) - Pregnant women & children under 6 receive nutrition support at WIC. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks /
Tel. #: 1-888-942-9675
8. MEDICAL CARE & HEALTHCARE COVERAGE:
a. Medi-Cal - Pays for health care for certain low- and medium-income people. Apply at: http://www.cwda.org/links/chsa.php or http://www.c4yourself.com
Outside of California, below are some resources for you to check out:
1. National Hunger Hotline - http://www.whyhunger.org/findfood
Need help finding food? Know someone who does?
Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1.866.3hungry
(1.866.348.6479) or 1.877.8hambre (1.877.842.6273)
2. Emergency Food Assistance - TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.
3. Children Nutrition Program -
The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.