Breaking Down Barriers...
We strive to eliminate systematic barriers that promote food insecurities. Through our CalFresh Assistance Program and Nourish Now (formerly HERO), we're committed to breaking down barriers to increase food access. CalFresh supports individuals and families to bridge the gap between limited resources and essential nutrition by providing access to critical food assistance resources. Nourish Now takes this a step further by ensuring that homebound individuals, often facing isolation and mobility challenges, receive the nourishment they need directly at their doorstep. These programs not only alleviate hunger but also tackle the various barriers our neighbors face in accessing food, fostering a more equitable and inclusive community.
Increasing Access, Nourishing Lives
CalFresh, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), plays a pivotal role in enhancing food security and self-sufficiency within our community. Our dedicated CalFresh team provides vital application assistance to eligible individuals and families, ensuring that they can access this critical nutrition program. Year after year, we tirelessly submit over 1,000 applications on behalf of Riverside and San Bernardino County residents, ultimately securing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that help supplement the costs of nutrition-dense foods. Our CalFresh team aims to help:
Increase food security
Encourage healthier communities
Support economic growth
Provide financial relief
Nourishing Health, Cultivating Wellness
For thousands of homebound residents in the Inland Empire, the monthly knock on the door signifies much more than just a friendly visit from a neighborhood volunteer. It heralds the arrival of healthy, nutritious sustenance packaged within an unassuming little brown box, courtesy of our Nourish Now Program, formerly known as HERO. Each food delivery is a lifeline for households where residents are confined to their homes. These deliveries include a balanced assortment of nutritious foods and shelf-stable essentials, addressing immediate needs as they arise. Since 2020, our program has extended a helping hand to over 20,000 food-insecure homes in the Inland Empire. Nourish Now strives to:
Provide essential nutrition
Increase food security
Improve individual well-being
Foster community connection
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Elena, CalFresh Recipient
"I am a single parent of two children, and CalFresh has helped as far as getting nutritious food for my children. It’s been a great benefit to be able to make meals and not struggle."
Nancy, Nourish Now Recipient
"The program has helped me immensely. I have very critical standings autoimmune conditions and a couple of rare ones that a couple of people have, which is why I can't work. The amount of money that I receive from CalFresh is minimal. The food box allowed me not to worry that I won’t have nourishing meals and not have to worry about being nutritionally well. It allowed me not to worry that I would have the right amount of food and proper food, and I could just worry about getting well. It makes an incredible difference."