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 CalFresh Program

What is the CalFresh Program?

CalFreshLogoThe 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.

What does the name change mean for me – a current food stamp recipient?

CalFresh is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in California. CalFresh and SNAP are not new programs. The name change will have no effect on current benefits. Recipients will continue to receive benefits as before and access them with the same electronic card at local authorized retailers, grocery stores and farmers markets (where available).

How many CalFresh benefits can you receive?

Your CalFresh allotment depends on the size of your household. The maximum allotment for one person is $200 per month. The maximum allotment for a four person family is $668. In California, the average amount of benefits per person is approximately $97 per month, and the average amount of benefits per household is $200.

How much money can you have and still get CalFresh?

By offering you Pub 275, the Federal Government has made it so that your house (that you live in) and personal belongings do not count. Your vehicles do not count. A household's gross monthly income cannot exceed 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. For a household of three, this is $2,007. A household’s net monthly income cannot exceed 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. For a household of three, this is $1,544.

What can you purchase with CalFresh?

CalFresh can be used to buy any food or food product that is produced for human consumption. The exception to this is hot foods or lunch counter items prepared or heated in the store. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco, vitamins or medicines, and pet food are also excluded. Seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food can also be purchased with CalFresh. CalFresh benefits cannot be used to buy non-food items like soap, toilet paper or shampoo.

Can single people living alone receive CalFresh?

Yes. Being married and/or having children are not requirements.

Can you receive aid from other programs and receive CalFresh?

Yes. In California, 60 percent of the CalFresh households also receive cash aid from other public assistance programs. There is a restriction that a household cannot participate simultaneously in the CalFresh Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Also, in California, Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/ SSP) Program recipients do not qualify for CalFresh.

Can a homeless person receive CalFresh?

Yes. A person must reside in the county in which an application is filed. Residence in a permanent dwelling or a fixed mailing address is not required.

Where can you apply for CalFresh?

You can apply for benefits at your local Social/Human Services Agency or click the CalFresh logo or you can click on the C4Yourself logo and apply on line.

Tehama County Department of Social Services
310 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 1515
Red Bluff, Ca 96080
(530) 527-1911