The Alliance to Transform CalFresh believes in a data-driven statewide approach to increasing CalFresh participation by focusing on and advocating for the four essential program characteristics: quick, consistent, connected, and equitable.
Quick: Ensure that applications are processed quickly and efficiently in 3 to 5 days. Realizing every programmatic solution available to maximize access for every eligible Californian.
Consistent: Statewide, one in five applications are submitted by people who were on CalFresh in the last 90 days. Ensure that qualified people aren’t losing benefits for administrative reasons.
Connected: Ensure that families are easily connected to all the programs they need, like CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and School Breakfast & Lunch. Eligible Californians should be able to access each program easily- not be made to search out each one individually.
Equitable: Elevate and address issues of inequitable access to CalFresh through improved data collection reflecting racial and cultural access to the CalFresh program.