CalFresh Outreach

The Food Bank helps thousands stretch their food budgets — and drives millions of dollars of federal funding into California’s economy each year — through our
CalFresh (Food Stamp) Outreach program.Applications facilitated by our team were approved up to 85% of the time, compared to a 68% approval rate countywide.

CalFresh: Pre-screening and Application Help

Food Bank staff is also available to visit your community based organization to provide CalFresh prescreening and application assistance. Send us an email to schedule a visit from our multilingual (English/Spanish/Cantonese/Mandarin/Vietnamese) outreach staff. Application assistance is also provided at the Food Bank office by appointment. For more information, call (510) 635-3663 ext. 740.

Free Trainings for Community Agencies

The Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Alameda County Social Services Agency offer CalFresh Program trainings for local community agency representatives. At these trainings, you will receive helpful tools and information that can help you identify potentially eligible CalFresh recipients.

  • CalFresh 101 & 102

    You will learn how to prescreen and identify households that are potentially eligible. You will also learn about program eligibility for special populations such as seniors, disabled, immigrants, felons and homeless.

    Join our email list to be notified of upcoming trainings.

Capacity Grants for Partners

For the past two years, the Food Bank's CalFresh Partnerships Program has been building the capacity of community agencies to conduct CalFresh outreach and provide application assistance in their area. While the application deadline has passed for this year, additional opportunities may open up. Those interested in finding out more can view and download the application here and the budget template here.

Presentations & Community Fairs

The Food Bank's Community Outreach Program helps low-income families learn about eligibility for nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh.

Food Bank staff are available to visit community organizations and provide free presentations to their clients to help them learn about programs including summer lunch, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and CalFresh.

To schedule an outreach presentation for your group, please send us an email.