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Frequently Asked Questions

What food can be purchased using CalFresh benefits?
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 month.

What is the California 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 CalFresh benefits?
If you are receiving SSI/SSP, you cannot receive CalFresh benefits in California. However, your family may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits.

 

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