UC Berkeley Food Pantry. Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

CalFresh on Campus: Breaking the Stigma of Food Insecurity

Just Food: Episode 6

RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2017

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California consistently has one of the lowest enrollment rates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—also known as CalFresh at the state level. Individuals can receive up to $192 a month for groceries through CalFresh (as of November 2017), but many people who are eligible do not know about the program or choose not to apply. This issue of low participation extends to college campuses, where food insecurity levels are disproportionately high. We learn about recent measures taken by the California government and UC Berkeley to get more students enrolled in CalFresh.

This episode features:

  • Kim McCoy Wade, Chief, CalFresh Branch at California Department of Social Service
  • Ruben E. Canedo, Chair, Basic Needs Committee, UC Berkeley
  • Mina Wu, Undergraduate Student and Food Pantry Volunteer, UC Berkeley

This podcast was produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism. Executive Producer is Lacy Jane Roberts. Reporter is Graelyn Brashear. Host is Laura Klivans. Theme music by Roy Baril.

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Top: photos by Kirpa Singh via Berkeley News. Bottom: left and center photos by Ruben E. Canedo, photo on right from Basic Needs Security website