Each day, millions of Californians struggle to feed their families nutritious food or simply go without because they can’t afford it. Help Me Help You is assisting to end this crisis by providing access to healthy food for those who qualify via CalFresh.
As of June 2020, 4.8 million Californian residents have participated in CalFresh.
What Is CalFresh?
CalFresh is a supplemental food program to help qualifying low-income individuals and families get the food they need to stay healthy. It is California’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as Food Stamps. The CalFresh Benefit provides dollars via an EBT debit card to purchase groceries and fresh produce of your choice at online and in-store at participating grocery stores (including Albertsons, Vons, Safeway, Walmart and Amazon) and farmers’ markets.
Qualifying for a CalFresh EBT debit card means you would also qualify for a number of other beneficial services to include:
National School Lunch Program for FREE/reduced prices of nutritious school meals and other services for school children
Health & Wellness Services
Fee Waivers for College Apps, Admissions Tests
Discounted utility services, transportation and more.
Household income and size determines how much CalFresh dollars you receive. However, certain expenses, including your rent, childcare costs and the federal unemployment boost are deducted from household income to help you qualify for CalFresh and increase your benefits.
Effective April 2021, CalFresh Emergency Allotment (EA) means an increase in CalFresh benefits for payments to take effect the following month. The EA increase was changed to include households already receiving the maximum regular CalFresh benefit and every eligible CalFresh holder will receive a minimum. Like previous EA rules, each household can get up to 3 months of EAs, based on a month-to-month approval from the federal government. Therefore, it may run out before you get your 3 months of benefits.
If you were already receiving $234 you can receive $329 ($234 + EA $95) and if you were receiving $139, you can receive $234 ($139 + EA $95). If you receive a $19 minimum regular allotment, you will receive $234 ($19 + EA $215). That is due to the new minimum of $95 in EA. The USDA is aiming to “provide greater equity to households most in need.”
How Does CalFresh Lower Poverty & Support the Economy?
Without CalFresh, nearly 700,000 additional Californians would be undernourished and in poverty. CalFresh also supports local businesses. For every $1 of CalFresh spent generates $1.79 for the local economy.
30% of LA residents do not realize they are eligible to receive CalFresh.
Who Is Eligible For CalFresh?
CalFresh is available to individuals and families with low incomes. Citizens and most legal residents are eligible. Undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible, however they can apply for their children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens. Households without special circumstances must qualify under income guidelines.
If you have previously applied for CalFresh and were unsuccessful, you should try again. New legislation was passed to increase access and you may now be eligible.
Income Guidelines For CalFresh
Are There Any Concessions?
People who receive SSI/SSP do qualify for CalFresh, and so may other household members.
The federal unemployment boost doesn't count toward people's income when they apply for CalFresh, making more jobless people able to qualify.
To qualify for CalFresh, households must meet the "net income" test which takes into account your expenses for shelter, medical bills, utilities, and childcare.
FREE CalFresh Enrollment Assistance:
Help Me Help You offers FREE CalFresh enrollment assistance. Our compassionate Calfresh experts simplify the application process, check your eligibility and assist you to access nutritious food quickly.
Once qualified, you will receive your CalFresh debit card and separate password to shop for groceries.
To stay eligible, all CalFresh recipients must complete report forms every six months with a semi-annual recertification.
Contact us today on (562) 612- 5001 to speak with one of our CalFresh advocates.
How To Volunteer To Help More Californian’s Access CalFresh:
Help Me Help You is always looking for volunteers to assist more Californian’s access the CalFresh benefit. If you are interested in volunteering to distribute CalFresh flyers in the community or with online enrollments, please click the volunteer button to register
If you are a community-based agency interested in outreach materials or training for your staff, contact us on: (562) 612-5001.
¿Cómo puedo solicitar CalFresh?
Podemos ayudarle en las siguientes maneras:
Averigüe si son elegibles
Envíe su solicitud
Completar el proceso de solicitud
Una vez calificado, recibirá su tarjeta de débito CalFresh. Para permanecer elegible, todos los destinatarios de CalFresh deben completar los formularios de informe cada seis meses con una recertificación semestral.
Comuníquese con la oficina y pida hablar con nuestro Representante de CalFresh hoy (562) 612-5001.
Help Me Help You is an Official LA County Calfresh Outreach Partner