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CalFresh Program Information

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TheCalFresh Program is a Federally funded program that helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. For most households,CalFresh benefits are only part of their food budget, and they must spend some of their own cash along with theirCalFresh benefits in order to buy enough food for a month.

CalFresh Household Profile*

The following is a selection of some of the key characteristics of the households receivingCalFresh benefitsin FFY 2012.

Average Age of Head of Household 37.8 years
Average age of child: 7.5 years
Average number of persons per household: 2.3
Recipients who are U.S. citizens: 93.7%
Recipients who are female heads of households: 69.2%
Household completing at least 12 years of education: 62.9%
Single-personCalFresh only households:
(% of all Non-Assistance Households)
51.0%
CalFresh households that have receivedCalFresh benefitsfor five years or more: 7.6%
CalFresh households with earnings: 21.5%
AverageCalFresh allotment per household $311
CalFresh Recipients that also Receive CalWORKS (including two-parent program) Benefits 31.1%
CalFresh Households that also Receive CalWORKS (including two-parent program) Benefits 24.7%
Ethnicity of head of household:
--Hispanic/Mixed Race
--White
--Black
--Other
--Mixed Race
41%
31%
18%
8%
2%
Ethnicity of theCalFresh recipients:
--Hispanic/Mixed Race
--White
--Black
--Other
--Mixed Race
56%
21%
13%
7%
3%

*Based uponRADEP data for FFY2012