BLYTHE – CalFresh households whose food was destroyed during the Lost Lake Fire are eligible for replacement CalFresh benefits through the statewide program.
Residents have until Monday, June 27 to report their food losses to CalFresh, which is administered by the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). The losses must have resulted from the Lost Lake Fire. The blaze broke out near the Colorado River community in late May and consumed more than 5,000 acres of rural desert and property.
“Our hearts go out to families and individuals who suffered losses in this fire,” said Allison Gonzalez, assistant director of Self Sufficiency Services for Riverside County DPSS. “These families have a lot to focus on in the recovery. We are here to help.”
CalFresh customers can report food losses by calling 1-877-410-8827. Losses can also be reported in-person at any office location, including the Blythe DPSS Self-Sufficiency Office at 1225 W. Hobsonway, Blythe, CA 92225.
Households that do not receive CalFresh, but which were impacted by the fire, are encouraged to submit CalFresh applications at BenefitsCal.com or GetCalFresh.org or by calling or visiting a local DPSS office. Applications can also be submitted by fax or mail.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez thanks county and state partners for supporting households who lost their property and belongings in the fire. He encourages all those who have been impacted by the fire to report their losses as soon as possible
“We are grateful to our public agencies and community partners who are providing resources, relief and hope in times of disaster,” said Supervisor Perez.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.