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Update: The County has provided a list of additional locations for CalFresh eents in East County.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  seagull-bt/Pixabay

May 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The desire to eat healthier often comes with an all too familiar roadblock: staying within the family food budget while grocery shopping. There is help for families and individuals to supplement their food budget through CalFresh, a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet income guidelines.   CalFresh is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets, improving participant’s access to fresh and healthy food.

May is CalFresh Awareness Month and the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency and several of its community partners will be at community events throughout the month where people can receive free screenings and application assistance.

At first, the county's list sent to media included  23 locations countywide, but only one was East County.  After ECM contacted Supervisor Dianne Jacob's office to ask why so few events were planned in East County, which has high poverty rates, her aide provided a list of additional locations and dates:

El Cajon Farmers Market

201 E Douglas Ave, El Cajon 

Weekly: 5/4, 5/11/, 5/18, 5/25, 3pm-6pm


McAllister Institute (MITE)

1365 N. Johnson Ave Ste 111, El Cajon, 92020

Every Tuesday: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 2pm-4:30pm


East County Senior Service Providers 18th Annual Senior Health Fair La Mesa Community Center

4975 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942

May 12, 2017 10am-1pm


Balboa Park Powwow (Targeting Indian and rural populations)

Balboa Park Blvd and Presidents Way, San Diego

May 13th and 14th 10am-6pm


Cameron YMCA

10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071

May 17, 2017 9am-11am


Davis YMCA

8881 Dallas Street, La Mesa, CA 91942

May 18, 2017 9am-11am


Woman’s Wellness - Southern Indian Health Council

4058 Willows Road Alpine, CA 91901

May 18, 9am-2pm


McGrath YMCA

12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978

May 19, 2017 9am-11ama


Residents may apply for CalFresh online at and, or by calling 2-1-1. For more information visit the County’s CalFresh page.

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