L.A. Care Awards $690,000 to Address Food and Income Security

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Grants will help increase CalFresh enrollment and gain families an Earned Income Tax Credit

LOS ANGELES – Californians are not taking full advantage of two important programs that can help fight poverty and hunger. California has one of the lowest rankings in the nation for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in this state. Only 72 percent of eligible Californians were enrolled in CalFresh in 2016, the last year for which data are available. In 2017, more than 50,000 Californians failed to claim an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they filed their tax returns.

To ensure all eligible Angelenos are taking full advantage of these two benefits, L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, has announced that it is giving seven community organizations a total of $690,000 in grant funding as part of it Community Wellness Initiative IV. The funding will help more than 850 families enroll in CalFresh, 662 will be recertified in CalFresh, and more than 2,200 will receive assistance in preparing tax returns to receive an EITC. The EITC is a tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and couples, particularly those with children. The credit can be more than $3,100 for filers with dependent children, and up to $510 for individuals.

This initiative is building on previously completed rounds of grants that have enrolled nearly 6,000 families in CalFresh and helped more than 2,300 low-income residents prepare their tax returns, securing more than $1.2 million for these families,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO.  “Food and income security are just two social factors of health that L.A. Care is committed to addressing.”

This year, outreach efforts will be especially important because there will be even more people who are eligible for CalFresh. That’s because as of June 1, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are newly eligible for CalFresh. L.A. Care has been working with the L.A. County Department of Public Social Services to help get the word out.

The seven organizations that received grants under this Community Wellness Initiative IV are:

APLA Health – Los Angeles

Chinatown Service Center – Los Angeles

Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. – Los Angeles

Maternal and Child Health Access – Los Angeles

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment – Los Angeles

Providence Little Company of Mary – Torrance

Youth Policy Institute – Los Angeles

About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan serves nearly 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-CalL.A. Care Covered™L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

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