CalFresh

Assistance for individuals and families to purchase nutritious food

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COVID-19 Update

  • Until further notice, California is providing emergency CalFresh supplement allotments to eligible households for the months of March 2020 through November 2020. The emergency allotments raise each household’s regular monthly CalFresh allotment to the maximum allowable allotment based on their eligible household size. Households already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size will not receive an additional supplement. Please see HERE for the issuance for emergency allotments.
  • If you are applying for assistance, submitting verifications, reporting a loss of income, or have questions, we encourage you to use remote service options found HERE.
  • SAR 7s and recertifications are not currently waived and need to be submitted by their due dates.
  • Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act suspended the work requirement for all Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs).
  • CalFresh ABAWD recipients may continue to receive CalFresh benefits without having to meet the work requirement so long as they comply with CalFresh reporting requirements.

For more COVID-19 information, click here

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly assistance for low or no income indivduals and families to purchase nutritious food. The CalFresh program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to an ATM card, to purchase food at retail stores and farmers markets that accept EBT cards.

All CalFresh applications and recertifications must be processed as soon as possible. CalFresh applications must be processed no later than thirty (30) calendar days from the date the application is received by the County. The County must notify the applicant in writing, if the case is approved or denied, no later than 30 calendar days from the date the County receives the CalFresh application. If you qualify based on an emergency situation, you may be eligible to receive CalFresh Expedited Service benefits within three (3) calendar days from the date the application is received by the County. If you are having problems with your CalFresh application, please email clientconcern@acgov.org.

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