CalFresh - Food Assistance

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Because of the federal governmentshutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issuedearly, between January 16-20.

 If you receive your FebruaryCalFresh benefits early, you should plan your food budget knowing that thesebenefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of February.

 If you receive CalFresh and havea report due in January, please complete that process and approved benefits arescheduled to be issued February 1-10.

 New applications continue to beaccepted and processed, and expedited services are available, as usual.

 The EBT system continues to be operational.

 Unless the federal shutdown isresolved, benefits for March MAY NOT be available. We are waiting for federalguidance and will keep you informed.

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Federally Mandated Program

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. 

Benefits

In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you.

The amount of benefits you can receive is dependent on your family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, and so forth.

Qualified Applicants

All U.S citizens or Legal Permanent Residents may qualify to receive CalFresh benefits. Families, as well as individuals with no children, may qualify.

The program issues monthly benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. These benefits are issued on an Electornic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which looks like any other credit card.

Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products.