Community Action Agency U.S. Department of Housing


A Community Action Agency works to reduce poverty in its local community by helping to ensure that available local, state, private, and federal resources assist low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities, and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Mission Statement

Empower and promote positive experiences in our community with innovative services and resources through maximization of partnerships.


Individuals, Families, and Communities: Successful, Safe, and Strong

2015 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) now Available!



Through the CSUC Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion’s CalFresh Outreach program, CalFresh outreach and application assistance is provided in over 17 northern California counties.

CalFresh is California’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  California currently has one of the lowest SNAP participation rates in the nation---just over half of eligible Californians access these benefits.  Nationally, approximately 34% of eligible seniors participated in SNAP in 2006, whereas only 10% of eligible seniors participated in CalFresh.  CalFresh helps low-income people purchase the food they need for good health and nutrition.

Do you want to find out if you may be eligible or would you like help applying?

We can help anyone in northern California!
Drop in Mondays 10am-4pm at Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion           25 Main St., Ste. 201, Chico
(530) 345-9749
Or find out more information and apply yourself
CalFresh Website Click HERE
To Apply Online Click HERE

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, also known as the USDA, and is administered through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).  CDSS contracts with community-based organizations to provide CalFresh outreach and application assistance services.  
USDA funding covers less than one-half of total programs costs. The remainder of funding is contributed by CNAP’s local partners through donations and other unrestricted, non-federal funding sources.

The dedicated work of our local agencies ensures Californians have enough to eat.  From October 2012 through September 2013, participating CNAP agencies helped over 25,286 households find out if they were eligible for CalFresh benefits.  Of these households, 2,108 worked with CNAP to submit applications, of which an estimated new 1,269 households and 2,919 participants were approved.

This work benefitted the wider community through an estimated $5.2 million additional annual CalFresh benefits resulting in approximately
$9.3 million increased economic activity.

Local Agencies

The following organizations provide local CalFresh Outreach services through this program:
Caring Choices
Colusa-Glenn-Trinity Community Action Partnership
Community Action Agency Butte County, Inc.
First Five Placer
First 5 Siskiyou Children & Families Commission
Four Winds of Indian Education
Northern Valley Catholic Social Services
Shasta County Office of Education
Torres Community Shelter
Yuba FRC Camptonville Community Partnership, Inc.

Related Resources
The California Department of Social Services has available for download at following no-cost CalFresh Outreach materials:
CalFresh General Market Brochure (
English) (Spanish) (Hmong) (Chinese)
CalFresh Seniors Brochure (English) (Spanish)
CalFresh General Market Mini-Flyer (English and Spanish)
CalFresh Seniors Mini-Flyer (English and Spanish)
CalFresh General Market Poster (English and Spanish)
CalFresh Senior Poster (English and Spanish)
CalFresh Guidelines Insert for Brochures (English) (Spanish) (Hmong) (Chinese)

For additional information or questions, please contact Jenny Breed, Program Director, at (530) 345-9749 at the Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion.

This informational item was funded by USDA, SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.

2014 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) now Available


Affordable Care Act

As part of efforts to increase the public's understanding of upcoming changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Kaiser Family Foundation produced informational videos in Spanish and English.

2016-17 Community Action Plan

The Community Action Plan is required by federal and state laws for agencies receiving Community Services Block Grant funds, and identifies poverty-related needs within the tri-county area, available resources to address those needs, feasible goals and strategies to prioritize services, programs and activities. The plan is required every two years and sets the frame work for service provision for the following two calendar years (2014 and 2015).

To view the 2016/17 CAP Plan, click on the link below:

Final 2016_17 CAP Plan


Glenn County Food Policy Council
Mission Statement: To promote agriculture, economic vitality, and healthy choices while maximizing the local food system for Glenn County and its residents.

Please take a few minutes to answer 5 questions regarding nutrition and wellness in your community. (Click the link below)

Glenn County Food Policy Council


Community Development Block Grant Planning and Technical Assistance Funding

The Glenn County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on August 20, 2013 and adopted the Economic Development Strategy as developed by Chabin Concepts Consulting along with the efforts of the Farm Bureau, several county departments, UC Davis Cooperative Extension, elected officials from the County of Glenn, as well as the Cities of Orland and Willows. To review the complete study, please click on the following link:

Glenn County ED Strategy 01 w-app 2b2 set up