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SO NOT STREAMLINED: Maria Gardner, assistant deputy director for social services in S.B., is working on ways to simplify the process of receiving CalFresh benefits, formerly California’s Food Stamp program. Gardner — here holding a food stamp card that replaced the old paper vouchers — and others estimate 36,000 people in S.B. County are eligible for food stamp benefits but are not receiving them partially because the process to qualify is so daunting and time-consuming.

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