Findings from the Healthy Food Access Survey: A Survey of CalFresh Healthy Living Participants

For nearly two decades, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has
delivered the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Los
Angeles County. SNAP-Ed is the largest public nutrition education and promotion program
in the U.S. which targets audiences with low income. In California, SNAP-Ed is known as
CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) and seeks to improve access to healthy food and prevent
diet-related chronic disease among communities characterized by low-income.

To understand the impact of the CHFL healthy food events, DPH and Harder+Company
Community Research conducted an intercept survey at food and produce distribution
events at traditional (i.e., food pantries) and non-traditional sites (i.e., early childhood
education centers, schools, healthcare clinics). The Healthy Food Access Survey was
conducted at three timepoints during 2021-2023 across the county. This report provides a
profile of the demographic characteristics of a sample of adults who attended the food
events, household food insecurity, satisfaction, and experiences with CHFL participation,
and dietary consumption.