California (CA) CalFresh SNAP Program – 2023 Emergency Allotments and Extra Food Stamp Benefits Update

This article provides information on California’s SNAP (food stamp) program, known a CalFresh, including the latest on Emergency Allotments (EA) approved via COVID-19 relief/stimulus bills.

Millions of residents benefit from the federally funded, state administered program, which was designed to help families facing pandemic related hardships. See further details and payments schedules below.

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2023 SNAP CalFresh Emergency Allotments

CA has requested and received USDA approval for paying the SNAP Emergency Allotments for January and February 2023, with final payments in March.

The SNAP emergency allotment program provides additional payments to households that are only eligible for partial benefits. These payments will boost monthly benefits by 15% (min of $95), up to the maximum amount for their household size.

Households that are already receiving the maximum benefit amount will receive an additional $95 per month. Details on the request and issuance dates are provided below.


CA CalFresh SNAP EA Extension (USDA)
CA CalFresh SNAP EA Extension (USDA)

CalFresh Emergency Allotments (EA) schedule

If eligible, you will get the monthly SAP EA payment/allotment boost on your EBT card per the CalFresh Emergency Allotments (EA) schedule below (paid 1 month in arrears).

Benefit MonthIssuance #1Issuance #2Issuance #3
Feb 2023Mar 25 (est)TBCTBC
Jan 2023Feb 12Mar 25 (est)Apr 15 (est)
Dec 2022Jan 14Feb 12Mar 25 (est)
Nov 2022Dec 18Jan 14Feb 12
CA CalFresh SNAP Emergency Allotment Schedule

These emergency allotments are a lifeline to many households in the absence of additional stimulus payments or expanded unemployment benefits.

SNAP EA Benefits Ending

Despite passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill, no additional funding was included for SNAP Emergency allotments, meaning the extra SNAP EA boost will end in March 2023.

CalFresh benefit payments will return to normal beginning in April 2023 and will be put onto eligible recipients EBT cards between the 1st and 10th of each month, based on the standard state disbursement schedule (see next section).

Benefits will are based on income and dependents with the maximum allotment for one person being $281 per month versus $939 for a family of four. I will post further updates as applicable.

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State SNAP Resources and Contact Information

The SNAP program assists low-income households, homeless and SSI/SSP recipients by providing them with financial assistance to purchase “nutritious” food at grocery stores and supermarkets.

Eligible participants will be issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to make food purchases. It is important they secure this card and regularly change the PIN monthly to prevent scammers from stealing the funds.


See more on the state’s CalFresh/SNAP program and extra EA benefits FAQs which confirms the last payment in March 2023 (for the final February allotment).

For any questions or to find out your normal benefit amount and EBT balance, contact your local county office by calling 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) or visit CalFreshFood.org to find an office near you.

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