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Information for CDPH Funded CalFresh Healthy Living Projects During COVID-19 Emergency

Welcome to the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) collaborative site for connecting and sharing resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this site is to provide CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL)-funded Local Health Departments (LHDs) support and relevant resources for implementing the CFHL during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize the profound impact on the SNAP-Ed program resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the resources may not be immediately relevant to agencies whose staff have been redirected to assist with COVID-19. 

Across the country and throughout California, public health COVID-19 response has generated many communications and resources to support practitioners with program and response implementation.  For CDPH-funded programs and implementers, when determining programmatic direction, programs should utilize CDPH guidance provided on this site or communicated from CDPH NEOPB directly. If questions arise regarding CDPH or other guidance, programs should contact their CDPH Project Officer, Contract Manager and/or other CDPH NEOPB representative.      

CDPH will keep you apprised of USDA FNS and California Department of Social Services (CDSS) decisions and guidance (e.g., programmatic waivers) as we learn of them. In the meantime, we encourage you to submit questions, share insights, and offer recommendations to help us customize technical assistance to meet your agency needs by email directly to

Program Guidance

Evaluation Guidance

Capturing Interventions Impacted by Covid-19 in PEARS

Guidelines to Entering Interventions Impacted by Covid-19 in PEARS (PDF)

We recognize that due to shelter-in-place, shifting priorities of LHDs, and changing needs of our target audience, CalFresh Healthy Living activities are being impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways. This document has been developed to help LHDs report impacted direct education, indirect education, and PSE site activities into PEARS in a consistent manner, and in accordance with SNAP-Ed guidance. Consistent PEARS reporting is crucial to our ability to assess the impact of COVID-19 on CalFresh Healthy Living activities. 
NOTE: If a planned activity never happened at all due to COVID-19, this would not be entered into PEARS. For now, please track these types of activities outside of PEARS. CDSS and the SIAs are still considering the best tools to track this information.
Additional guidelines for Coalitions and Partnerships are in development and will be released in the near future.

Guidance for FFY 21 Impact Outcome Evaluation (IOE) Completion


Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, many California schools will be providing education through a variety of formats (i.e. distance learning, hybrid) to start the 2020-2021 school year. With that in mind, we understand that learn setting interventions will likely need to be modified from what was delivered in FFY 20. We encourage you to review CDPH’s CFHL COVID-19 FAQs. More information on potential learn setting interventions is forthcoming.

Intervention and Comparison Sites 

We want to be sure to maintain strong and supportive relationships with all of our schools/programs so we can retain their participation in FFY 21 and 22. If you haven’t had luck contacting your sites yet, give them time to get settled in the new schedule and try again. Explain the modifications that will allow the evaluation to continue during distance learning and let them know you'd like to maintain their participation for the next two years. For comparison sites, be sure a w9 has been collected, so they are fully paid for their efforts in FFY 20, and you’ve shared their FFY 20 pre-test data infographic with them. 


The EATS has been adapted for online delivery via Qualtrics. Depending on the needs of your site(s) you may use the online tool or the paper tool. The paper tool is available on the IOE Collaborative Site, along with the survey administration protocol. The survey link to the online tool will be customized by site. You must contact Amanda Linares at to obtain your custom links and instructions for assigning student IDs. A recording and PowerPoint from the September 14, 2020 training on online administration of EATS was posted to the IOE Collaborative Site. 

SLAQ administration will continue in FFY 21. The FFY 19-20 pilot versions went through extensive validity and reliability testing, and have been revised and migrated to a new online platform for FFY 21. Be on the lookout for the release of the FFY 21 SLAQs to coincide with the start of FFY 21. 

Guidance for FFY 20 Site-level Assessment Questionnaire (SLAQ) Completion

Site Closures

We understand your sites may be closed and collection of SLAQs is hindered or no longer possible. Learn sites can complete the SLAQ even when closed. We encourage you to explore this, but also understand if the site indicates it is not feasible at this time, or if you cannot contact the site. If the intervention has not started, it is acceptable to complete the baseline SLAQ after sites re-open, even if it's not this fiscal year. For retail sites, please wait until after Shelter-in-Place orders have been lifted.

Partially Completed SLAQs

If you have an incomplete SLAQ from a site, we recommend you work with them to complete the data collection. However, right now that may not be possible. If it is not possible to have the site provide the missing data, it is fine to submit incomplete. 

LHD Activity Checklists (LACs)

The LAC should be completed by the LHD (not the site) in regards to the CFHL work that has been done this fiscal year. During this time of Shelter-in-Place, you should be able to complete the LAC with information you have and do not need to consult the site. You only need to mark the sections or items on the LAC relevant to your work this fiscal year. (This is different from the SLAQs where all questions should be completed). The LAC is due by end of fiscal year; however if your CFHL activities have been completed for the year (for example, no additional school activities will take place this year), please go ahead and complete the LAC now.
In general, we expect a completed SLAQ and a completed LAC each fiscal year. We realize that some LHDs may have been able to work with sites to get a SLAQ completed, but then had to halt all CFHL activity due to Shelter-in-Place orders and therefore do not have any activity to report on their LAC. Please let us know if this particular situation applies to you, so that we may instruct you further.

Contact Us

For additional SLAQ resources, please visit the NPI SLAQ website or the SLAQ Collaborative Site

Submit completed LEARN SLAQs and LACs to the NPI SLAQ website

Additional questions?  Contact the SLAQ Team by completing a SLAQ help request form.

Administrative Guidance


FNS and CDSS acknowledge that State Implementing Agencies (SIAs) and Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) are asking if programmatic waiver requests can be submitted to allow for redeployment of SNAP-Ed staff and funding to support COVID-19-related efforts. Nationally, the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) is collecting requests and questions from states for a national waiver so that states don’t need to submit individually. SIAs and LIAs should continue to track their impacts related to COVID-19. CDPH will continue to provide updates as we learn them.

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