The CalFresh Program

The CalFresh Program is a federally funded program that helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. For most households, CalFresh benefits are about 1/3 of their food budget

Household Member – CalFresh Households  

A CalFresh household is a group of people who live together, buy food, and prepare meals together and whose members meet the eligibility requirements and are approved for benefits. The amount of CalFresh benefits you get will depend on the number of eligible people in your household and on how much monthly income is left after certain expenses and deductions are subtracted.

 

 

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Interview

An interview is required before certifying your household to get CalFresh benefits. The interview can occur in the county office or by telephone. The interview may be held with the head of household, spouse, the authorized representative or any other responsible adult household family member. An interview is required annually.

After the interview, the CalFresh office will send a notice. If your household does not qualify for CalFresh benefits, the notice will explain why. If your household does qualify, the notice will explain how much the CalFresh benefit will be for your household. It will also explain how many months you can receive CalFresh benefits (certification period) before being re-certified.

Documents you may need to Provide

If you have a face-to-face interview, please bring verification with you of your income and expenses. If you cannot get all the information together by your interview date, still come for the interview because you will have additional time to provide this information. If you need assistance in obtaining this information, please discuss this with your CalFresh worker at the time of the interview.

The following are examples of what to bring:

  • Proof of identity (driver's license, etc.), alien status.
  • Social Security Numbers for all household members. 
  • If employed, proof of income (wage stubs, earning statements, etc.) for the past 30 days.
  • Utility Bill

Verification

The CalFresh worker may also ask for proof of certain information that has been reported. The following must be verified prior to certification:

  • Identification
  • Immigration Status (in some cases)
  • Sponsored Non-citizen Information (in some cases)
  • Residency
  • SSN number for all Household Members
  • Gross Income
  • Evidence of Disability
  • Utility Expenses
  • Medical Expenses
  • Child Support Obligations and Payments


For expedited service, only identification is required and other verification can be postponed. Other verification such as shelter costs, dependent care costs, household size, and liquid resources do not require verification unless questionable.

Categorical Eligibility

Households in which all members are authorized or receiving cash aid, such as CalWORKS or GA/GR, are considered categorically eligible. This means the CalFresh Program accepts eligibility determinations made by the other program for resources, gross and net income limits, sponsored alien information, county residency, and social security number information. CalFresh Households containing California Food Assistance (CFAP) recipients are not categorically eligible.

Expedited Service (ES)

Households may qualify for expedited service (ES) go through the same application process as all other clients, but not all information has to be verified before benefits are issued. Households may qualify for (ES) based if the household:

  • Has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources of $100 or less; or
  • Migrant or seasonal farm workers who are destitute; or
  • Combined monthly gross income and liquid resources which are less than the household monthly rent or mortgage and utilities


ES CalFresh benefits will be made available to the household no later than the third calendar day following the date the application was filed. Applicants are informed of and are automatically considered for expedited service at the time the application is filed.

The Application Process

Online - www.c4yourself.com or www.getcalfresh.org

In person - Visit Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency located at 509 East St. Charles Street, San Andreas, CA 95249 or anyone one of our outstation offices located throughout Calaveras County.

Other Potential Verifications

The CalFresh worker may also ask for proof of certain information that has been reported. The following must be verified prior to certification:

  • Immigration Status (in some cases)
  • Sponsored Non-Citizen Information (in some cases)
  • Residency
  • Evidence of Disability
  • Medical Expenses
  • Child Support Obligations and Payments

For expedited service, only identification is required and other verification can be postponed. Other verification such as shelter costs, dependent care costs, household size, and liquid resources do not require verification unless questionable.