Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

In response to the loss of CalFresh emergency allotments, Orange County Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento, Second District, and the County of Orange Social Services Agency have organized a Community Resources & Health Fair.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Centennial Park, near the corner of Edinger Avenue and Fairview Street, located at 3000 W. Edinger, in Santa Ana.

Residents can receive food and free diapers while supplies last, apply for public assistance benefits such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, General Relief or CalWORKs, and visit with participating partners to find out more about other services and resources available to them. A DJ will provide musical entertainment and children can enjoy an arts and crafts area.

“The end of the COVID-19 CalFresh emergency benefits and the return to the Medi-Cal renewal process will hit Central Orange County the hardest, especially cities within my district, including Santa Ana and Anaheim. Many of our residents will now struggle to find ways to make up for these losses. The Community Resources & Health Fair will connect our most vulnerable community members directly to vital support provided through our Social Services Agency and partner organizations,” said Supervisor Sarmiento. 

Participating partners include CalOptima Health, the city of Santa Ana, Latino Health Access, the Delhi Center, the OC Hunger Alliance, the OC Health Care Agency, the OC Office on Aging, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Ana College, Second Harvest Food Bank and United Across Borders Foundation, among many others. Each will work with attendees to share resources to help them navigate today’s economic climate.

SSA will bring its Mobile Response Vehicle – an office on wheels – and a team of eligibility professionals to assist attendees in applying for public assistance benefits or to answer questions recipients may have about their current benefits. In-language services will be available.

“This event brings together the pieces – our partners – who can help solve the puzzle of how residents can manage increased costs, from food to rent to gas and utilities, in one of the highest cost of living areas in the nation. SSA is grateful to Supervisor Sarmiento and our partners for joining us in answering the call for help,” said SSA Director An Tran.

This event will include:

  • Food Distribution
  • A Diaper Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • and Talk with a Specialist about your Benefits

Participating Partners include:

  • Abound Food Care
  • CalOptima Health
  • The City of Santa Ana
  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County
  • The Delhi Center
  • Latino Health Access
  • Ministerios Betseda
  • The OC Hunger Alliance
  • The OC Health Care Agency
  • The OC Office on Aging
  • The Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees
  • The SAUSD
  • The Public Law Center
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • The United Across Borders Foundation

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