October 17, 2017


Using CalFresh Benefits to Purchase HOT Foods 



Due to the severity of Northern California wildfires, CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries may use their CalFresh SNAP EBT benefits to purchase HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises from authorized SNAP retailers between now and November 15, 2017. These purchases are NOT subject to sales tax.  This includes SNAP retailers in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Butte, Contra Costa, Marin, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter and Yuba counties. CalFresh SNAP authorized retailers in these counties are encouraged to post a special notice in the store letting customers know they can use their CalFresh SNAP EBT benefits to purchase hot foods.




October 16, 2017


Current CalFresh Recipients


The Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS)will be automatically replacing 60% of CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits issued on or before October 10, 2017 for current CalFresh recipients who lived in zip codes 95424, 95458 or 95443 on October 1, 2017, and who have not already had benefits replaced.  Benefits will be on recipient’s cards tomorrow morning.  CalFresh beneficiaries living in other Lake County zip codes that lost food due to fire destruction or power outage not included in this mass replacement can still apply for replacement benefits on a case-by-case basis by contacting Lake County Social Services.




October 10, 2017


CalFresh Replacement Benefits



The Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) is able to assist fire impacted individuals with CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replacement benefits and applications.  CalFresh replacement benefits are available to current CalFresh recipients who lost food due to the impact of the fires(such as power outage).  Use these forms to send to your worker:  for English: CF303, for Spanish: CF303SP .
Expedited CalFresh applications are available to low income households who do not already have benefits. 


To request replacement CalFresh or to apply, contact Lake County Social Services:



(707) 995-4200


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Safely Surrendered Baby Law

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law provides a safe alternative to abandonment of a new born baby. The intent of the law is to provide freedom from prosecution and maintenance of confidentiality for the individual safely surrendering a baby within 72 hours of birth at a designated safe surrender site.

A New statewide toll-free hotline (1-877-BABYSAF) or (1-877-222-9723), provide safe surrender site locations throughout the state.  In addition to the hotline the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) also offers safely surrendered baby publications that provide information about the law.  These materials, as well as additional information about the law, may be accesses at their website at

Lake County Children's Report Card - First Update!

To download the Children's Report Card Update click on the link below:
Lake County Children's Report Card 2007 Update


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