Bring the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to Santa Barbara

Bring the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to Santa Barbara

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Sophia Steinhorn started this petition to Santa Barbara City Council

Let's extend the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to help feed Santa Barbara County's vulnerable and homeless communities!

CalFresh is an impactful social services program that combats widespread food insecurity by providing monthly food stipends to low-income individuals and families across California. In addition to grocery benefits, some counties have implemented the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) to provide more accessible food options for their elderly, disabled, and homeless communities. With this extended program, qualifying individuals can use their CalFresh benefits to purchase prepared food at a number of local restaurants. This extension is particularly helpful to homeless individuals and families who may not have the capability or proper appliances to prepare food on their own. 

Santa Barbara County is currently one of the few California regions that has not implemented the RMP. Currently about 38,000 Santa Barbara residents are receiving CalFresh benefits, indicating a considerable level of food insecurity throughout the county. Additionally, the 2019 Point in Time (PIT) count reported a total of 1,803 persons currently experiencing homelessness throughout the county, with an increased amount of about 63% of those individuals living unsheltered. By implementing the RMP, Santa Barbara City Council could grant these vulnerable communities greater access to healthy, prepared meals with their CalFresh benefits. 

By collaborating with our elected officials, local restaurants, and fellow community members, we can provide more tangible aid to our fellow residents in need and continue to combat food insecurity throughout Santa Barbara. Sign this petition to show your support for extending the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to our county! Let's convince Santa Barbara City Council that an extension of these social services is not just a community desire, but instead a widespread need.

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