Welcome to the Far North & CA Higher Education CalFresh Outreach Monthly Email. The purpose of this email is to provide CalFresh related information, upcoming webinars, and reminders. 

2019 CalFresh Outreach Partner Summit Materials
Thank you to all who attended and/or participated in our 2019 CalFresh Outreach Partner Summit in Sacramento! Check out our website to find useful documents, presentations, and links from the day. 
Resources - 'clearly not enough: 59% of NorCal community college students food insecure: This article reflects on a recent survey that shows trends of basic needs insecurity in the California's higher education system, particularly in the community college system. The article references the California Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey. For more information, click on the links above.

Students on the Front Lines to improve college food security: CA4Health Pulse published an article regarding the exciting things happening across California to address hunger on college campuses. CA4Health interviewed partners from CSU Chico and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to learn more about their food security programs and the crucial role their students play in advocating for change. 

Supporting and Integrating Basic Needs Programs as the Student Internship Model: These slides were presented last year at the CSU Basic Needs Conference. The slides have a wealth of information and links pertaining to starting an internship program. This presentation is CalFresh Outreach focused. 

Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in FY 2016

This report focuses on an annual series that presents estimates of the percentage by state of eligible persons who participated in SNAP during a month in fiscal year FY 2016. The report also shares estimates of state participation rates for eligible "working poor" individuals. The national SNAP participation rate among all eligible individuals was 85% in FY 2016 (Cunnyngham, 2018). For more information, click on the link to find the summary, final report, and technical report. 
CalFresh Phone Applications
At the summit a conversation came up regarding phone applications. Technically we are not allowed to provide application assistance without the applicant being with us in person.

For clarity, as a CalFresh Outreach best practice we do all application assistance in person. AND if there is a transportation or other related issue we can offer a phone application determined on a case by case basis. AND we should not advertise that we provide phone assistance. I hope this language helps clarify.

Questions, please reach out to your Program Manager. 

  • Q2 program reports are due by end of day April 15th. If you have reporting questions, please reach out to your Program Manager. Please submit all program reporting documents through CalFresh Outreach reporting website including:
  • Fiscal reporting for Q2 and Q1 Supplemental (if needed) are due by end of day April 30th. If you have fiscal questions, please reach out to your Fiscal Analyst prior to the deadline. Please submit all fiscal reporting documents through CalFresh Outreach reporting website including:
    • Your fiscal reporting workbook (Invoice & State Share Documentation Report) with Q2 pages completed
    • Signed Time & Effort Forms (TEFs) to align with hours reported for personnel.  
Upcoming Webinars:
  • Data & Evaluation Webinar (April 19th, 10 am – 11 am): This webinar will review all of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) being reported to CDSS for the CalFresh Outreach contract, including prescreen and application numbers, partnerships, mapping and the importance of follow-ups. The webinar will explain your role as a subcontractor as well as what CHC is doing to compile and report the data to CDSS. Here is the link to register for this webinar.  
  • Join Leah's Pantry Webinar on Thursday, March 21st at 10 am, Supporting Older Adults with Learn more about engaging older adults using and Mini Course. The webinar will cover tips and strategies for working with older adults, introduction to, and implementation best practices. Click here to register
List of subcontractors by County: This sheet contains a list of subcontractors providing CalFresh Outreach throughout the State of California. Check out the list to see our CalFresh Outreach efforts across the state. 
Save the date: ENACT Day 2019
Join us on April 30th in Sacramento to celebrate the 15th Annual ENACT Day! Click here for more information and to register. A limited number of scholarships will be available. 

As always, let us know if you have any questions!
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