Wednesday, August 29 2012 @ 09:05 AM MST
Contributed by: richardhroth
Over half of those who qualify for this important program are not signed up. To find out if you are likely to qualify use this Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool : http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/
If you live in Butte County region of Northern California and would like assistance with the application please call 530-345-9749. If no answer, please leave a message.
Why is CalFresh important to our economy?
• CalFresh supports businesses and farmers.
• CalFresh allows households to redistribute income that would normally be allocated to purchasing food.
- Vegetables, fruits, grain products, meat, and meat alternatives account for most of the money value of food used by CalFresh households.
- On average, $1 billion of retail food demanded by CalFresh recipients generates 3,300 farm jobs.
- California has over 125 farmers’ markets that have vendors at 280 different locations.
- A portion of this can be spent on taxable goods, generating sales tax revenue for the state and counties.
- In addition to helping people put food on the table, CalFresh exerts a multiplier effect that stimulates the economy.$1.00 = $1.79 in economic activity
- According to the California Food Policy Advocates’ Lost Dollars, Empty Plates Report, in FFY 2007 California lost out on an estimated $4.9 billion a year in federal nutrition benefits and as much as $8.7 billion in annual economic activity. This was based on a statewide participation rate of 48%.
- Estimated Local EffectAn estimated 29,552 of Butte County residents are income eligible, but not participating in CalFresh.
If all income eligible residents participated, Butte County would receive an additional estimated $40.5 million annually in federal funds and $72.5 million in economic activity
Other Counties (estimated increase in economic activity)
• Tehama = $10.2 million / year
• Glenn = $6.1 million / year
• Shasta = $42.1 million / year
• Colusa = $3.8 million / year
• Siskiyou = $6.9 million / year