CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT cards to order groceries online via Amazon and Walmart, according to a release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.
Many people are turning to grocery delivery to avoid stores and farmers markets, while many restaurants are offering produce boxes to earn money while dine-in service is closed. However, produce boxes and grocery delivery can often be cost-prohibitive for those already trying to stretch their dollar. Luckily, CalFresh recipients can now use their benefits to enjoy contact-free shopping. If they spend $35 or more on their groceries, delivery is free.
People in need of benefits can apply online. However, CalFresh notes that due to the pandemic, counties are receiving more applications than usual and may take longer to respond. If you need food immediately, there are several resources available:
- LAUSD is offering free grab-and-go meals to anyone who needs them at over 60 centers across L.A. County
- You can use the California Association of Food Banks website to find your nearest food bank
- Los Angeles County has a list of several food resources
- Seniors can sign up for free meal delivery programs
- Pet owners can apply for free dog or cat food delivery from The Dog Bakery