When I called 2-1-1 because someone told me they could help with nutrition, I never expected to get fresh food. They sent me to a food pantry where I got 3 onions, 4 potatoes, 4 bananas, orange, brown rice, black beans, 3 artichokes, raspberries, packaged lettuce for salad, carrots, purple cabbage, and chicken breast. I called 2-1-1 again right away and asked if I could go back to the pantry again and they told me I could go every week if I needed food. I would never have found about this if it weren’t for the people at 2-1-1!
Who We Are
2-1-1 California is the statewide network of local 2-1-1 information and referral providers, and is a collaboration of United Ways of California and the California Alliance of Information and Referral Services (CAIRS).
Currently, 96 percent of the state’s population in 35 counties has access to 2-1-1. Nationally, 2-1-1 covers 90 percent of the US population. The mission of 2-1-1 California is to ensure that California develops the statewide infrastructure and support necessary to ensure quality 2-1-1 services for everyone.
To further that goal, 2-1-1 California and its members routinely work with local governments, state legislators, state and local agencies and members of Congress on solutions that will guarantee everyone in California is able to find help by calling or searching 2-1-1.
Achieving statewide 2-1-1 coverage will require approximately $4 million investment in infrastructure, data integration, networking and training. Total annual operating costs are estimated at $30 million.