GLENDALE — The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA Social Services has launched Expanding CalFresh Program Services, a new program that comes into effect March 9 through a sub-grant from County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services. The federal granting agency for the program is the US Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition.
“ARS Social Services was the only agency awarded in Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 5 to provide these program services. Entering this division’s 41st year of service with yet another new program is a testament to our staying committed to delivering services that meet the ever-changing and demanding needs of community members, ”said Talar Aintablian, COO. .
The expanding CalFresh program services will provide services to people aged 60 and over and adults with disabilities, including screening eligible individuals to determine if they are eligible to submit an application which will determine their eligibility for CalFresh benefits and assistance to qualified persons who have been pre- – shortlisted with submission of the application. Although income and other eligibility criteria apply, all final decisions are made by the Department of Public Social Services after the submission of applications.
As of June 1, 2019, Supplementary Security Income recipients became eligible to apply for CalFresh benefits for the first time in over 40 years. CalFresh – formerly known as food stamps – provides monthly food benefits to low-income individuals and households, enabling them to purchase nutritious foods needed for good health. Recipients can purchase food from various grocery stores or farmers’ markets that accept an electronic benefit transfer card, which works the same way as a debit card. Receiving CalFresh food benefits does not result in any change or reduction in the Supplementary Security Income or State Supplementary Payment of the Beneficiary.
For more information and to receive services in this program area by appointment or without appointment, ARS Social Services can be contacted at 818.241.7533 or visited at its head office at 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202.
ARS Social Services is committed to providing comprehensive social services to low-moderate individuals and families through four offices located in Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood and North Hollywood. Services include case management, filling out forms, assistance with housing and transportation issues, senior services, employment services, referrals, ESL / language skills training. life, and more. ARS Social Services can be contacted at 818.241.7533 or [email protected]