Frequently Asked Questions
What food can be purchased using CalFresh
CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase:
- Foods for human consumption.
- Seeds and plants to grow food for household use.
What cannot be purchased with CalFresh benefits?
CalFresh benefits cannot be used to purchase:
- Any non-food item such as pet food, soaps, paper
products, and household supplies; grooming items and cosmetics.
- Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
- Vitamins and medicines.
- Any food that will be eaten in the store.
- Any food marketed to be heated in the store.
- Except as authorized in a county approved to operate a
restaurant meals program.
Who can receive CalFresh benefits?
You may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, whether or
not you work, if you have a low income.
What is the amount of CalFresh benefits I will receive?
The amount of CalFresh benefits a low-income
person or family can receive is based on the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The plan estimates how much it costs
to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals. The estimates are
revised every year to keep pace with changes in food prices. The average
amount of CalFresh benefits received per household is about $200 per
What is the
Food Assistance Program (CFAP)?
CFAP is a state-funded CalFresh
program for legal permanent non-citizens residing in the U.S.,
and determined ineligible for federal CalFresh benefits solely due to
their immigration status.
If I am receiving SSI/SSP, can I also receive
If you are receiving SSI/SSP, you cannot
receive CalFresh benefits in
However, your family may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits.
About Us |
Board of Supervisors
Aging and Community Services |
Site Map |
Copyright 2000 San Joaquin County Human
Services Agency. All rights reserved.
Please contact the Webmaster with your suggestions or comments.