Family Engagement and Empowerment Division (FEED)

The Family Engagement and Empowerment Division provides critical financial, food and education and training support to individuals and Families. The Division consist of three branches, including the CalWORKs and Family Resiliency Branch, the CalFresh and Nutrition Branch and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition to the individual programs, there are intersectional issues that the Division tackles, including the newly developed Guaranteed Income Pilot Program.

CalFresh

CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. For more information visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/calfresh

CalWORKs

CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments. For more information visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/calworks

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is a state and federally funded Child Nutrition Program (CNP) designed to provide nutritious meals and snacks served to infants, children, and adults. CACFP providers are reimbursed for meals and snacks that are served. The goal of the program is to enhance participants health and well-being. There are four components to the CACFP: (1) Child Care, (2) Adult Day Care, (3) Emergency Shelter, and (4) At-risk Afterschool Care. For more information visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/cacfp

Guaranteed Income Pilot Program (GIPP)

The California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program was established to provide grants to eligible entities for the purpose of administering pilot programs and projects that provide a guaranteed income to participants. The department will prioritize funding for pilot programs and projects that serve California residents who age out of the extended foster care program at or after 21 years of age or who are pregnant individuals.

The department, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, will determine the methodology for, and manner of, distributing grants. The department shall ensure that grant funds are awarded in an equitable manner to eligible entities in both rural and urban counties and in proportion to the number of individuals anticipated to be served by an eligible entity’s pilot program or project

Please direct inquiries regarding the pilot program to GIPP@dss.ca.gov. For additional information visit: https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/guaranteed-basic-income-projects