CalFresh provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can buy nutritious foods for a better diet.
Recipients - Did you lose food because of the power outages?
Anyone with active CalFresh can apply for replacement benefits. This is a service that is available even if it was just only your house that lost power. But it is more often used during mass outages. The replacement amount is often not the full amount but a portion based upon when in the month the misfortune occurred and how much of the benefits were spent. Some zip codes will receive an automatic benefits replacement. But it is not entirely clear who that will be. Best practice would be to apply for the benefit replacement regardless.
Here's how it's done. Below is the application. The application can be faxed to Social Services (707-463-7859) or dropped off at the Ukiah, Willits or Fort Bragg office. -Make sure to the client name, address and phone number on it. -Check the box for Replacement. -Indicate it was because of the PSPS and their food spoiled. -Please estimate the dollar amount of food lost. -Sign and date.
Usually the household has just 10 days from the misfortune to apply for the replacement. We received an extension from the last PSPS so that clients can apply for replacement benefits till November 8th. We have yet to receive word that there will be an extension for the current PSPS. So clients should apply for a benefit replacement for the current power shutoff now.
Immigration If you get CalFresh it will not count against you when you apply to become a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
I am an immigrant. Can my children and I apply for CalFresh? Yes! All children born in the U.S. can get CalFresh if they qualify, no matter where their parents were born. Parents may qualify if they have a valid social security number and meet certain guidelines. Parents who do not qualify themselves should apply for their children born in the U.S.
*If you need help enrolling in CalFresh, or any other healthcare program, bi-lingual staff members are available at all clinic locations.
40 Year History of the Program
Formerly known as the Food Stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to evolve. This video give an overview the program history.
SNAP is the federal program and in California is it called CalFresh.