How to get an extra $100 of free food every month

Produce section in supermarket, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA. (Photo by: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

This month, CalFresh increased its benefits by 12%, potentially adding more than $900 per month to a family’s grocery budget.

Now, through a new program at Northgate Gonzalez Markets in Southern California, eligible families and individuals can get up to an additional $100 per month to spend on fruits and vegetables at any participating Northgate Market store.

The following Northgate Market LA County locations participate in this program:

10801 Prairie Ave, Inglewood, CA 90303

944 E. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011

831 N. Hacienda Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744

16259 Paramount Blvd, Paramount, CA 907233

828 N. Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 917321

320 W. Francisquito Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

11660 E. Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

6801 S. Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90201

220 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806

2633 Santa Ana Street, South Gate, CA 90280

311-D W. Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington, CA 90744

3930 W. Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

15107 S. Atlantic Ave., East Compton, CA 902212

]323 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

425 S. Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

4700 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

4700 Inglewood Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

2038 E. 10th St, Long Beach, CA 9080

49101 E. Telegraph Rd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

4155 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

The “Más Fresco” program is open to CalFresh recipients 18 and older, with the goal of promoting greater consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program, which also includes ongoing fresh food discounts and promotions, is a partnership between Northgate Markets, the United States Department of Agriculture and UC San Diego Health.

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Here’s how the program works.

After signing up for the free rewards program, participants will be randomly awarded one of two benefits:

  • Earn $2 for every $1 of CalFresh benefits spent on eligible fruits or vegetables
  • Earn $4 for every $1 of CalFresh benefits spent on eligible fruits or vegetables

Both have maximum rewards of up to $100 per month

Eligible fruits and vegetables include:

  • Any variety of whole or cut fruits and vegetables
  • Bagged fruits and vegetables
  • Bagged or packaged salad mixes
  • Garlic, onion, ginger, jalapenos, peppers and chilies

If you want to know if you are eligible for these benefits, tap or click here or call (888) 587-8088.

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