Due to the Federal Government shut-down, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issued early, between January 16 to 20.
If you do not get your February CalFresh benefits early, and you are still eligible to CalFresh, you will get your February benefits on your regular schedule from February 1-10.
New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and emergency services are available as usual.
CalFresh was formerly named Food Stamps and is called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in other states.
The CalFresh Program is designed to supplement the food budget of low-income households to meet their nutritional needs. Individuals granted CalFresh benefits can buy food at a grocery store or other authorized places using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. The amount of CalFresh benefits a family receives is based on household size, family income and resources.
To be eligible for CF benefits you must:
Income depends on the number of people in your household.
|Household size||Maximum gross income||Maximum Benefit Amount|
*Add $698 for each additional person for monthly income.
**Add $144 for each additional person for maximum benefit.
Once a customer starts to receive CalFresh, the customer must keep the Eligibility Worker (EW) informed about changes, in order to:
All CalFresh recipients, with the exception Change Reporting Household cases are required to submit a Semi-Annual Eligibility Status Report (SAR 7) once per year (due in the sixth month of the first semi-annual period) followed by the re-certification of eligibility in the sixth month of the second semi-annual period.
Your Eligibility Worker will inform you if you are a Change Reporting Household recipient and what the reporting requirements are for your specific case.