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No More "Food Stamps"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 25, 2010

The California food stamp program hasn't even used stamps since 2004. George Manalo-LeClair is with California Food Policy Advocates, which spearheaded efforts to modernize the benefits program's outdated name. Manalo-LeClair says it took several years of focus groups and legislation to change food stamps to CalFresh.

"That component of the word "fresh" came right from the discussions."

CalFresh will be administered by the Department of Social Services. Its director, John Wagner, liked using marketing tactics to find words that avoid the suggestion of welfare.
"What didn't resonate was the term assistance …stamps. Things like that. The new name is a better reflection of the goals of the program, proper eating, proper nutrition, obesity prevention."
More than three million Californians receive benefits each month. The California Endowment provided $150,000 to change food stamps to CalFresh.
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