CalFresh Program

The federally-funded CalFresh Program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the current manifestation of what was commonly referred to as Food Stamps. Although food stamps have been around in some form since the Great Depression, it was the Food Stamp Reform Act of 1977 that modernized the program and made it more efficient by relieving recipients from the burden of having to pay for the food stamps. 

The CalFresh/SNAP program increases household food budgets by assisting in the effort to put healthy and nutritious foods on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (what were once coupons) that can be used to purchase most food items at several participating markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program is vital because it helps to improve the health and well-being of eligible families and individuals by giving them a means to meet their nutritional needs. 

Different aspects of the CalFresh program will be covered in the following sections. The California SNAP program Benefits section covers what food items may and may not be purchased under the CalFresh program, how much benefit amount the recipient is granted, and other important aspects of the CalFresh/SNAP program. The CalFresh Eligibility section describes the different parameters used to determine if a potential recipient is eligible for the program. These requirements include income limits and citizenship status, among others. 

Readers will also learn how to apply for food stamps in California and what method to use. The next topic addressed is what happens after the petitioner applies for CalFresh benefits—what are the next steps? Details about the use of the Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT) is covered next. Included in this topic are instructions for how to obtain the Electronic Benefits Transfer card. 

What happens if a CalFresh petitioner is denied food stamps? Can that decision be appealed? Answers to those questions come in the next section. Following these sections is a FAQs page which will help answer questions which could arise after the reading of the preceding material.

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