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.
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.
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 Month||Issuance #1||Issuance #2||Issuance #3|
|Feb 2023||Mar 25 (est)||TBC||TBC|
|Jan 2023||Feb 12||Mar 25 (est)||Apr 15 (est)|
|Dec 2022||Jan 14||Feb 12||Mar 25 (est)|
|Nov 2022||Dec 18||Jan 14||Feb 12|
SNAP EA Benefits Ending
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.
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.
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.