CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL)

Program Code

The CalFresh Healthy Living Program code is 3890100

Program Description

The CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) Program provides evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention services based on United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services guidance. 20 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and their contracted providers offer CFHL interventions to low-income older adults, age 60 or older, at eligible sites including Title IIIC congregate nutrition sites and other venues meeting eligibility criteria. In addition to direct education, the CFHL program incorporates Policy, Systems, and Environmental change (PSE) approaches to deliver effective, evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention programs. CFHL is also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-ED).

Program Benefits

The CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) Program assists older adults to make healthy food choices and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health and prevent disease. The Program strives to increase participants’ consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity, reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors, and maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of chronic disease. PSE strategies support healthy behavioral changes among older adults in the community.

Program Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria Eligibility Requirement

Individuals 60 years of age or older


At or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG)


Program sites must meet CFHL eligibility standards, using one of these methods:

  • Method 1: Means Tested. The site qualifies based on the population it serves and not its physical address. (e.g. public housing, Commodity Food distribution sites, etc.).
  • Method 3: Census Data. The site address must be in a low-income census tract, where more than 50% of residents have low income (i.e., incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level).
  • Method 10: Use of Surveys: Intake Records. AAAs use intake surveys, annually, to determine eligibility at sites. This method is for AAAs only.
  • Method 11: Qualifying Farmers Markets. If the Farmers Market is not in an allowable low-income census tract, the market qualifies if it accepts CalFresh benefits- Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) and the program provides nutrition education activities.

Program Funding

Funding Type Funding Information

CalFresh Healthy Living federal funds via U.S. Department of Agriculture

Allocation Formula

Not applicable

Match Requirements

Not applicable


Not applicable


October 1 – September 30

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