Formerly known as Food Stamps, CalFresh is an entitlement scheme that provides low-income households in the US state of California with monthly benefits to help them buy the food they need to maintain a sufficient level of nutrition.
These advantages are generally applicable to any food or food product meant for human consumption but cannot be used to purchase things like cigarettes, alcohol, or paper products.
“CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet,” reads the California Department of Social Services official website.
“CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities .”
To be eligible for the scheme you need to be a California resident and have a current bank balance of either under $2,001 or under $3,001 in the event you share your household with an individual who is aged 60 and over or a person with a disability.
How to apply for CalFresh benefits
Eligible California citizens can apply for CalFresh benefits through the official government’s website or in person by going to their local county office. It has to be noted that the majority of the counties provide people with assistance to complete their applications.
What is the average response time for the supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?
According to the California Association of Foodbanks, each county is given a month after you submit your application in order to make a final decision on whether you should be provided with CalFresh benefits.
An eligible citizen could receive the benefits in just three days in the event they qualify for expedited service.
This means that they should have less than $150 in monthly income and less than $100 in liquid resources or that their housing costs are higher than their monthly income and liquid resources or that they are migrants or seasonal farm workers who are destitute.