The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and grocery stores.
The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.
At the Federal level, the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. In California, the CalFresh Program is supervised at the state level by the California Department of Social Services and is administered at the local level by each County Welfare Department.
WHO MAY BE ELIGIBLE
All US citizens (Except persons receiving SSI/SSP benefits)
Most immigrants - Legal Permanent Residents
Most CalFresh households are subject to a gross income determination test. Gross Income is all non-excludable income from any source including all earned income and all unearned income. The maximum gross allowed is 130% of the Federal poverty level (FPL). Below is a chart of gross monthly income for 130% of the Federal poverty level by household size. You may still qualify for a minimum amount in CalFresh benefits if your income is above 130% of FPL so you may still apply to see what you will qualify for.
Standards (130% of Poverty Level)
Household Size Gross Income
Each Additional Member +453
HOW TO APPLY
• Recipes that can be cooked in crock pots and microwaves.
• Ask a Dietitian: Type in your question and a dietitian sends you the answer.
• Tips about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
• Text, email, share and print recipes.
• Discussions online about nutrition or cooking.
• Post recipes on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.
• The locations of farmers' markets that accept EBT, and food pantries in your county.
Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh), federally known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), is a way to meet the temporary nutritional needs of disaster victims within a 30-day period, following a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, earthquake or any other natural disaster. D-CalFresh provides a month's worth of benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to purchase food at authorized retail stores. D-CalFresh is only available when all of the following elements occur:
A Presidential Declaration for Individual Assistance has been declared in the affected area;
Commercial channels of food distribution have been disrupted and those commercial channels have been restored; and
The State of California has been approved to operate a D-CalFresh program. The 58 County Welfare Departments (CWDs) administer CalFresh and in the event of a disaster administers D-CalFresh. The affected county is responsible for submitting an application request to implement a D-CalFresh or program waivers, whichever is the most appropriate response, to CDSS for review. CDSS will forward the application request to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for final approval.
If you are a current CalFresh recipient affected by the disaster and you meet the household eligibility requirements listed below, please contact your local County Welfare Department for additional information on how to request supplemental disaster benefits.
If you are a new applicant affected by the disaster, meet the household eligibility requirements listed below, and you would like to apply for D-CalFresh, you can apply in person at your local County Welfare Department or other designated D-CalFresh application site.
In order to qualify for a temporary disaster benefit all disaster victims must meet the household eligibility requirements listed below.
Household Eligibility Requirements under D-CalFresh
The household must have lived in the disaster area at the time of the disaster.
In some cases, D-CalFresh approvals may include eligibility for people who worked in the disaster area.
Purchase of Food
To be eligible, households must plan on purchasing food during the disaster benefit period.
The household must have experienced one of the following adverse actions:
Damage to home or self-employment property
A disruption in income
Inaccessible liquid resources
In some cases, D-CalFresh approvals may include eligibility for households that lost food, but had no other disaster-related expenses.
Income and Resources
Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE), in the regular CalFresh program, wherein the CalFresh households resources are excluded when determining CalFresh eligibility does not apply in the D-CalFresh program. Income and resources must be counted in order to determine eligibility in the D-CalFresh program for households who have suffered a disaster loss.
Note: The total net (take-home) income received during the benefit period plus accessible liquid resources, minus eligible disaster-related expenses, shall not exceed the disaster gross income limit. Click to view disaster gross income limits for the period of 10/01/17 - 09/30/18.