Is it getting harder to put food on the table? CalFresh (also known as Food Stamps or SNAP) may be able to help.
We all know the importance of eating nutritious food. CalFresh is a supplemental program that helps people buy food. Monthly benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores, markets and some farmer’s markets.
Households with a gross income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) and net income (after certain deductions) below 100% of FPG qualify. Citizens or legal residents are eligible to receive CalFresh. Undocumented individuals are not eligible, but can apply for their children if the children are legal residents or citizens. It only takes 10 minutes to apply at the CalFresh website. Applicants know in 30 days if they are approved. Applications can be expedited in emergency situations.
CalFresh encourages students, seniors, immigrants, homeless, or former foster youth to apply. The good news is that this benefit may also be available for SSI recipients. If they qualify, there is no change to the SSI/SPP monthly benefit. Some seniors or people with disabilities may be able to buy hot, prepared meals at some restaurants.
The amount of CalFresh benefits a household receives is based on household size, income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities and medical costs. The average national amount for a senior or person with disability is $105 – $110 per month.
TCRC has partnered with our Family Resource Centers and local County CalFresh teams to conduct outreach and provide application assistance at TCRC offices. For more information, contact Gaby Fukunaga.