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  • County assisting as CalFresh enrollment breaks records

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county is experiencing record enrollment in the CalFresh food supplement program. As of June 1, CalFresh benefits are being received by more than 398,000 eligible people in the region, which is a 5.8% increase compared to the same month in 2023. Over 539,000 persons have been enrolled at different points over the last 12 months. The record month coincided with the celebration of CalFresh Awareness Month. “We’ve seen this trend steadily increase as the need increased” said Rick Wanne, director of County Self-Sufficiency Se...

  • CalFresh Awareness Month promotes healthy food program

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    Each May, the State of California and County of San Diego join community partners in celebrating CalFresh Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to promote this resource to families and provide those who qualify with access to healthy, nutritious food. Dozens of community events are scheduled throughout the month to share information about CalFresh and offer free, in-person help to eligible people and families. A full list of the free events is available online on the County's...

  • Due to January flood, all CalFresh recipients can purchase hot, prepared food for limited time

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    All CalFresh recipients and new Disaster CalFresh recipients can use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card to purchase hot and prepared food for a limited time due to the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the Jan. 22 storms and flooding. With a few exceptions, CalFresh EBT cards usually can only be used to purchase shelf-stable foods. Through April 3, 2024, all CalFresh recipients can purchase hot and prepared food at any authorized EBT retailer. The...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status, d...

  • County adopts new $8.17 billion budget

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a new $8.17 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24 after public deliberations Tuesday. The adopted budget shows an increase of $806.4 million or 11% from last year. The county will also add more than 500 employees for a total of 20,387.25 staff years. Prior to the vote, Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas thanked her colleagues and the community for doing the hard work to create a budget that reflects our communities. “Now m...

  • New grant to help more San Diegans get online

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office The county is expanding its campaign to help more San Diegans get online. These new efforts will be rolled into the region-wide outreach efforts, allowing expansion thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission to tell people about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides qualifying households a discount of $30 a month toward their internet bill. People living on tribal lands are eligible for up to $75 toward their...

  • Supervisors Pass $8.17 Billion SD County Budget

    City News Service|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an $8.17 billion 2023-24 budget today, following deliberations on more than $60 million in revisions added since May. Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas said the budget ``uplifts communities in an equitable manner,'' with an emphasis on tackling the homelessness and opioid crises and support for mental health programs, young people and senior citizens. The revised budget adds $60.6 million to the May plan. The overall budget constitutes an 11% increase --...

  • County Board approves Workplace Justice Fund

    Updated May 31, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Local victims of wage theft can turn to a County Workplace Justice Fund for help while trying to regain their lost wages. The Board of Supervisors approved the introduction of an ordinance on May 23 which would put $100,000 into the new fund. Board supervisors will meet on Tuesday, June 13, to consider and adopt the ordinance which will then formally establish the Workplace Justice Fund. Payments of $3,000 or $4,000 would help wage theft victims get by while waiting for...

  • Feeding San Diego receives $100,000 grant to support its school and mobile pantry programs

    Updated May 17, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization, was awarded a $100,000 grant from The Vertex Foundation. The funds will support the nonprofit’s school pantry and mobile pantry programs, helping to break the cycle of food insecurity for youth, families and older adults in San Diego County by providing nutritious meals at no cost. The grant supports the longstanding school pantry program, which is Feeding San Diego’s largest hunger-relief program for children. The program...

  • County releases equity-centered recommended budget that expands programs and services

    Updated May 12, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County released an $8.11 billion recommended budget May 4 that continues increased spending to fight homelessness; take on mental health and substance use disorder challenges; improve the justice system; help working families and invest in core services like roads, fire protection and parks. The "Invested in Community" budget is $745.8 million larger than last year's budget, a 10.1% increase. It also adds...

  • One-time $4,000 grant program opens for low income families hurt by COVID-19

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office A couple thousand low-income San Diego County families and seniors hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic could receive $4,000 in cash to help them recover, County and Jewish Family Service leaders announced May 5. The one-time, $4,000 allocations are intended to help low-income people who live in the 39 county zip codes hit the hardest by COVID-19, particularly families and seniors who are at risk of becoming homeless. County Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas, County Health and...

  • Bite-sized tips for National Nutrition Month

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office March was National Nutrition Month, an annual month of action that promotes healthy habits and food choices. This year's theme, "Fuel for the Future," embodies why good nutrition is essential at every stage of life and lowers the risk for serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Three behaviors including poor nutrition, tobacco use and lack of physical activity contribute to...

  • Feeding San Diego receives $50,000 federal meals program grant

    Updated Sep 23, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization, is honored to announce it is a recipient of a $50,000 grant from Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions Foundation. The Federal Meals Program grant will support Feeding San Diego’s work to help connect qualified individuals with existing federal meal programs such as SNAP (known in California as CalFresh), WIC, and P-EBT. Feeding San Diego will use these funds to supports its CalFresh outreach. The nonprofit has invested in growing its C...

  • Supervisors Pass $7.35 Billion SD County Budget for New Fiscal Year

    City News Service|Updated Aug 18, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, June 28, unanimously approved a $7.35 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, including $200 million in additional funding requests. Part of the increase will go toward hiring more county employees, wildfire reduction efforts and park or community center projects. Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said budgets aren't just buckets of money, but ``a reflection of values,'' which include better public safety and behavioral health services, sustainability and...

  • BUSD to serve free meals for 2022–2023

    Updated Jul 28, 2022

    BONSALL – Bonsall Unified School District staff announce their policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and at select sites, Afterschool Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, all students will be served meals at no charge at the following sites: Bonsall High School, Vivian Banks Charter School, Sullivan Middle School, Bonsall West Elementary School and Bonsall Elementary School Even though meals are free, staff request that h...

  • Some residents are eligible for free energy efficiency home improvements

    Updated Jul 22, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – More than 40,000 additional renters and homeowners in the region could be eligible for the Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA), which provides free home improvements to income-qualified households to make their residence more energy efficient and save on their energy bill. Effective July 1, the Energy Savings Assistance Program revised its eligibility criteria, increasing the income cap for a family of four from $55,500 to $69,375. Customers whose income is up to 250-percent of Federal poverty guidelines a...

  • County adopts $7.36 billion budget

    Updated Jul 8, 2022

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $7.36 billion 2022-23 budget June 28. The new budget builds on commitments to address mental health, homelessness, equity, racial justice and climate change, while upholding essential public safety, land use and social services. Board Chair Nathan Fletcher thanked the public for its input, feedback and participation in numerous budget meetings and...

  • County budget builds on commitments across key areas

    Updated May 11, 2022

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego released a $7.15 billion recommended budget May 5 that builds on its commitments to address mental health, homelessness, equity, racial justice and climate change. It would add significant investments and just over 1,000 staff across priority areas. The budget also maintains essential public safety, land use, health and social services. The total recommended budget is 1.1% smaller than the budget...

  • County adopts $7.23 billion budget

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 10, 2021

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a $7.23 billion revised budget for fiscal year 2021-22 after public deliberations on Tuesday, June 29. The adopted budget responds to voices in the community and follows a Framework for the Future that will fundamentally change county operations, with significant funding to address justice system reform, racial justice, health and environmental equity, homelessness and economic opportunity. “This is a budget that meets the needs of all our residents,” County Chief Adm...

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    Health advisory task force seeks public input on social services in June

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    A San Diego County advisory board task force is inviting people to help the county improve how it connects people to social services that help them get food, housing and health care by sharing their program experiences in four special webinars this month. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and the "Outreach, Accessibility, and Enrollment Ad-hoc Task Force," a subcommittee of the county's Social Services Advisory Board, are holding four listening session webinars in June. The...

  • Free food distribution set for June 11

    Updated Jun 2, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – To address the increased need for food assistance in San Diego County, Feeding San Diego's Together Tour has added a site in Fallbrook on Friday, June 11 and July 9 to distribute nutritious food to those facing hunger. Feeding San Diego is the county's leading hunger relief and food rescue non-profit that works with hundreds of partners to get healthy food out into the community. This new free food distribution in Fallbrook can serve 500 households and will be held at the Palomar College Fallbrook Education C...

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    May is CalFresh Awareness month

    Updated May 13, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is joining the California Department of Social Services and local community partners to spread the word: May is CalFresh Awareness Month. Over a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families across the region are experiencing a need for supplemental nutrition assistance. CalFresh plays a critical role in filling that need. CalFresh is a supplemental nutrition program for families a...

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    County budget reflects residents' needs, builds framework for future

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 12, 2021

    With a new budget that responds to voices in the community and follows a Framework for the Future that fundamentally changes our operations, the Chief Administrative Officer's recommended budget was released May 6. It calls for $7.03 billion in fiscal year 2021-22 spending, an increase of 7.3% and a net increase of 660 additional staff years, excluding staff from the Air Pollution Control District which became an independent agency on March 1. Investments in both funding and...

  • Free food distribution set for May 14

    Updated May 12, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – To address the increased need for food assistance in San Diego County, Feeding San Diego's Together Tour has added a site in Fallbrook on Friday, May 14 to distribute nutritious food to those facing hunger. Feeding San Diego is the county's leading hunger relief and food rescue non-profit that works with hundreds of partners to get healthy food out into the community. This new free food distribution in Fallbrook can serve 500 households and will be held at the P...

  • County chief administrative officer releases recommended $7.03 billion budget

    City News Service|Updated May 7, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County's Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer recommended spending $7.03 billion in fiscal year 2021-22 for the running of the county government Thursday, May 6, a 7.3% increase from this year. The recommended budget represents a net increase of 660 additional staff years, excluding staff from the Air Pollution Control District which became an independent agency March 1. ”I have fought since 2019 for our budgets to reflect the needs of our community and year-after-year we have s...

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