Are We Getting Extra Food Stamps This Month in California

California residents receiving food stamps (California Food Assistance Program or CFAP) may be eligible for extra benefits this month. The Emergency Allotments (EA) are a temporary increase in food stamp benefits that were provided as part of the federal COVID-19 relief packages. While the regular EA benefits ended in December 2022, California used available funding to continue providing these additional benefits on a month-to-month basis. Confirmation and the exact amount of benefits for March 2023 will be announced once available. Individuals can check their online account with the California Department of Social Services, MyBenefits CalWIN, or contact their local county social services office for more information.

Eligibility Requirements for Extra Food Stamps

Extra food stamps, commonly known as emergency allotments, are provided to eligible households to assist them in purchasing food during times of economic hardship. In California, extra food stamps are typically distributed in response to natural disasters or emergencies. To be eligible for extra food stamps, households must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current recipient of CalFresh benefits (food stamps).
  • Reside in a county that has been declared a disaster area by the federal government or the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
  • Have experienced a loss of income or an increase in expenses due to the disaster or emergency.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, specific criteria may also be applied depending on the nature of the disaster or emergency. Households that meet the eligibility requirements will receive a one-time benefit increase. The amount of the increase varies, but it is typically equivalent to the maximum CalFresh benefit for the household’s size.

To inquire about extra food stamps, households can contact their local CalFresh office. For a list of CalFresh office locations and phone numbers, please visit the California Department of Social Services website.

Please note: Extra food stamps are not automatically issued. Eligible households must apply for the benefits. The application process may vary depending on the county. However, in general, households will need to provide documentation of their CalFresh eligibility, proof of residency in a disaster-declared county, and evidence of the loss of income or increased expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for extra food stamps in California, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of California.
  • Have a household income that is below the poverty level.
  • Have resources that are below the allowable limits.

Process of Applying for Extra Food Stamps

  1. Gather the required documents. This includes:
    • Proof of identity
    • Proof of income
    • Proof of expenses
    • Proof of resources
  2. Complete the CalFresh application.
  3. Submit the application to your local county social services agency.
  4. Attend an interview, if required.
  5. Receive your CalFresh benefits.

Benefits of Extra Food Stamps

Extra food stamps can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Increased food security.
  • Improved nutrition.
  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases.
  • Increased economic stability.

How to Use Extra Food Stamps

Extra food stamps can be used to purchase a variety of food items, including:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish and seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Grains
  • Snacks

Extra food stamps can also be used to purchase seeds and plants to grow your own food.

Other Programs That Can Help

In addition to extra food stamps, there are a number of other programs that can help low-income individuals and families in California. These programs include:

  • CalFresh Healthy Living
  • CalFresh Market Match
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
CalFresh Income Eligibility Guidelines
Household SizeGross Monthly Income Limit

Eligibility Requirements for Extra Food Stamps

To be eligible for Extra Food Stamps in California, individuals must meet specific requirements. These requirements include being a California resident, having a household income below certain limits, and meeting asset limits. Households must also be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits. Individuals can apply for Extra Food Stamps through the California Department of Social Services website or by visiting their local county social services office.

Household SizeGross Monthly Income LimitNet Monthly Income Limit

Additional Resources for Food Assistance in California

  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): TEFAP provides emergency food assistance to low-income households. Food is distributed through food banks, pantries, and other community organizations.
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): CSFP provides supplemental food assistance to low-income pregnant women, postpartum women, and children under the age of 6. Food is distributed through local health departments and community organizations.
  • The School Breakfast Program: The School Breakfast Program provides free or reduced-price breakfast to children in public and private schools.
  • The Summer Food Service Program: The Summer Food Service Program provides free or reduced-price meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session.

Thanks for sticking with me till the end of this article! I know it can be a drag to read through all this government jargon, but I hope I was able to break it down in a way that made sense. If you still have questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below. And don’t forget to check back soon for more updates on the latest food stamp news. In the meantime, stay cool and keep your pantry stocked!