CalFresh

Overview

CalFresh

The CalFresh program provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households with purchasing food and is one of the most critical poverty-fighting programs in communities. Known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, it is open to eligible legal noncitizens between the ages of 18 and 65. In California, nearly 2.5 million households receive CalFresh assistance to supplement their budgets.

Announcement

EBT System Will Be Down June 23 and June 24. Please Plan Ahead!

Please be aware that you WILL NOT be able to use your EBT card from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period, you will not be able to use any EBT benefits (food or cash).  Plan ahead for your shopping needs and for getting cash. Unfortunately, the EBT Customer Services telephone number won’t be available from 11:00 p.m. Saturday June 23, 2018 until 11:00 p.m.

Budget Priority

Support Ending Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Cash Out

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC), County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are in strong support of ending the SSI Cash Out and increasing the economic security of nearly 370,000 Californians by allowing them to receive CalFresh benefits, as well as the efforts to mitigate any negative impacts on those households who will have a benefit reduction or loss due to this change.

Featured Content

CWDA, County Association Partners Oppose House Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP

CWDA has joined with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC) to oppose provisions in the House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, that would reduce eligibility and cut benefits to needy families who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California. These cuts would increase hunger and food insecurity, have a negative economic effect on California communities, and increase administrative costs in the program.

CSAC-CWDA-CHEAC Joint Farm Bill Letter 5-8-2018

Featured Content

USDA Proposes Policies to Improve Healthy Food Options for Low-income Families, Taking Comments

Lack of access to healthy food options is a reality that many families in low-income neighborhoods face. The 2014 Farm bill required the USDA to develop rules that would require retailers accepting SNAP benefits to provide a greater offering of “staple food groups,” including fruit and  vegetables, dairy, grains, and meat, poultry and fish.

Announcement

California Selected for National SNAP to Skills Project

California has been selected as one of 10 states to participate in the new “SNAP to Skills” project, designed to improve and expand local employment and training programs. 

Announcement

California Receives Federal Bonus for CalFresh Program Access Improvements

The California Department of Social Services and CWDA announced today (October 13) that California has been awarded a bonus of $6.4 million from the federal government for improving access to the CalFresh Program for low income individuals and families. 

Publication

California Continues to Improve SNAP Participation Rates

In February, the USDA-FNS released its annual estimate of SNAP Participation in its report, “Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2013.”  In California, estimates continue to increase every year; for FY 2013, the estimated rate is 66 percent. This percentage reflects yet another year of growth in our state’s participation rate, which has increased by fifteen percentage points since fiscal year 2010.

Training

CalFresh Data Dashboard Webinar

This webinar, held December 1, 2015, discussed changes being made to the CalFresh Data Dashboard, including the newly developed Program Reach Index, PRI, a measure of participation that attempts to account for undocumented immigrants and those on SSI. 

Training

CalFresh Payment Accuracy Rate Best Practices Webinar

The CalFresh error rate is an important performance measurement in the quality control process for the program. Three counties shared best practices for lowering error rates in this webinar from July 2015.