[Ed. – Manifestly, this does not mean they’re starving. Of course, for those of us who pay cash for our own groceries — cutting corners every month to fit the amount of cash we have — while funding EBT cards for people who spend far more than we can on non-necessities, the knowledge that the state goes out and actually ADVERTISES food stamps (CalFresh), to anyone, is the opposite of gratifying.]
The annual CalFresh Awareness campaign was launched this month by Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services. The program helps low-income families and individuals buy fresh food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card in stores, farmers markets and participating restaurant chains. U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible to apply for the CalFresh program.
But many who qualify are staying away. The reason, officials say, is the term “public charge.” A public charge is a non-U.S. citizen who is likely to become dependent on public assistance, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. There are many factors that are considered, but if a person is deemed a public charge, he or she may be disqualified from becoming a citizen and ultimately deported. …
“We have been conducting the CalFresh awareness for the last seven years, and this particular program is not considered public charge,” he added. “That’s one of the issues we’re trying to address.