Below is a list of community resources to provide students and parents information and access to several of the nutrition-related programs offered in Los Angeles County.
Below you will find a list of upcoming community events that provide health and nutrition-based resources:
- Wise Pi Day + Pie - Thursday, March 14, 2019 (3:30pm-8:00pm)
Child Day Care Centers
To search for a licensed childcare facility in your area, visit the California Department of Social Services Licenced Child Care Facilities
Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Allows parents to choose a specific category of childcare center (school-age, infant, accepts ill children, family child home care) in your area.
Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles (CDCLA)
Provides a list of eight childcare centers that offer financial assistance to those in need within LA County. Serves infants and toddlers up to age five.
Child Care Resource Center (CCRC)
Provides a list of childcare programs, which includes Head Start and Early Head Start for children age 0-5, as well as other child development programs throughout LA County. Also offers financial assistance to those who qualify. The CCRC site has a family resource directory (found under the Parents tab) that provides links to several services including housing, immigration, safety, emergency food and clothing and many others.
National School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program
These are federally funded programs that assist schools and other organizations in the U.S. to provide children with nutritious breakfast and lunch at affordable prices. The program must be available to all students, and based on family size and household income, students may qualify for free, reduced, or full price breakfast. If a child qualifies for one of these programs, they will qualify for the other. More information on school nutrition programs is available at:
NSBP – www.cde.ca.gov
NSLP – www.cde.ca.gov
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a federally funded health and nutrition program that assists families by providing nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and services, health and community referrals, and supplemental checks for the purchase of nutritious foods. Eligibility is based on household size and income; women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as infants through children up to five years old qualify as participants of the WIC program. More information can be found at:
The WIC Program also has a youtube channel with great tips and information about healthy nutrition and recipes as well. For WIC's Youtube Channel click here.
North East Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) WIC Program services the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Click here for their website:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is also known as the CalFresh Program in California. This is an income-based program that offers monthly electronic benefits to qualified households to allow them to purchase food and other necessities in order to help meet nutritional needs. More information on CalFresh, including eligibility requirements, can be found at:
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program provides low-income children up to the age of 18 with nutritious meals throughout the summer when school is not in session. For more information on SFSP and to locate approved sites in your area, visit:
Farmers’ Markets are public food markets where local farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables (either conventionally or organically grown), and often meat, cheese, and baked goods directly to consumers. Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFMs) are certified by the state that the famers are in fact growing the crops that they sell to the public. There are several year-round famers’ markets throughout LA County, all of which offer a variety of in-season produce. They also offer specialty items like rare spices and herbs, honey, and cheeses. There are often activities for children as well as adults, and several vendors with prepared foods if you get hungry while shopping. The farmers’ market allows you to sample foods before you buy them and get to know the farmers that are growing and producing the food you eat. This makes shopping fun and expands your knowledge of different foods that are available throughout the year. Shopping at the farmers’ market is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are selecting seasonal fruits and vegetables, an important step in building a healthy diet.
For a list of local farmers’ markets and shopping tips, visit the California Certified Farmers’ Market website at:
Community Supported Agriculture
Farmers’ markets are not practical for everyone. Some people have time constraints that prevent them from attending a weekly market. Luckily there are some alternatives available. One option is CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, a subscription based pledge of support for your local farm. In exchange for monetary dues, you receive a box of seasonal produce each week or on an agreed schedule. The biggest convenience of joining a CSA is that the times arranged for delivery or pick up are much more flexible than the weekly market. There are CSAs for vegetables, as well as meat and dairy.
To find a CSA program near you, visit: www.localharvest.org
MyPlate! The New Food Guide Musical Program
“MYPLATE! The New Food Guide Musical Program” is a creative nutrition education/physical fitness initiative promoting not only healthful eating habits, but also physical activity as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. This education initiative has as its purpose the prevention of childhood obesity and reduction of the long- term risks for chronic disease. For additional information on the program, visit www.butleroff.com
Champions for Change
For more information on our Champions for Change program, visit https://www.csun.edu/marilyn-magaram-center/champions-change