Calfresh

CalFresh is a federally funded nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals, families, and seniors purchase food. The amount of benefits an individual or family receives is dependent on the family size, income, and monthly expenses such as housing, child care, and medical expenses. CalFresh can be used to buy most foods at various markets and grocery stores. The benefits cannot be used to buy alcohol or tobacco products. CalFresh benefits can be used to buy seeds and plants to grow food. 

 

**Due to the federal government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issued early, between January 16-20.

o If you receive your February CalFresh benefits early, you are encouraged to plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of February.

o Unless you receive CalFresh and have a SAR 7 Eligibility Status Report due in January, please complete that process. Approved benefits are scheduled to be issued February 1-10.

** New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited benefit services available, as usual.

** The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system continues to be operational.

** Unless the federal shutdown is resolved, benefits for March normally issued March 1-10, MAY NOT be available.

** We are waiting for federal guidance and will keep you informed.

** If you need additional help, you can also reach out to our partnering organizations.

 

How to Apply

To apply for benefits, visit the C4Yourself website.

Expedited CalFresh

Expedited Services provide CalFresh benefits to potentially-eligible households (individuals, families, or groups of people that buy and prepare food together) by the 3rd calendar day following the application date. A weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is considered one calendar day. An applicant may be eligible if:

• The household has less than $150 in monthly income and less than $100 in liquid resources (cash, savings, or checking); or

• The household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources on hand (cash, savings, or checking) are less than your household’s combined monthly rent and utilities; or

• You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and have less than $100 on hand.

Eligibility Overview and Maximum Monthly Benefits

 

Household Size

Maximum Monthly Benefits

1

$192

2

$353

3

$505

4

$642

5

$762

6

$914

7

$1,011

8

$1,155

9

$1,299

10

$1,443

Each Additional Person

Add $144

 

Using CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh benefits are distributed via the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, also known as the Golden State Advantage Card. The EBT card is used like any other debit card with a four-digit PIN, and it offers you privacy when making purchases. CalFresh EBT cards can be used to purchase food at most Madera County grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Check out the EBTNearME website to search for locations that accept the CalFresh EBT card.

If your EBT Card is lost or stolen, please call (877)328-9677.

Beware of Scams!

Beware of Fake Smart Phone Apps and Internet scams. The State of California and Madera County will never ask you to provide private EBT-related information by phone, email, or text message. Protecting your information is one of Madera County Department of Social Services’ main priorities.

Here are a few ways to minimize the risk of compromising your identity:

• Know who you share your information with;

• Store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security Number;

• Ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and

• Maintain appropriate security on your devices.

If you receive a request to provide information in this way, contact Madera County Department of Social Services immediately at (559)675-2300.

Beware of Fake Smart Phone Apps, Internet, email, and text-message scams. To find out more, visit the EBT Scams page on the California EBT Project website.

Nutrition Education

EatFresh.org is playful, engaging and easy to use. It includes:

• Recipes searchable by food type, so that you can find recipes using whatever ingredients you have.

• Recipes that can be cooked in crockpots and microwaves.

• Ask a dietician: Type in your questions and a dietician sends you the answer.

• Tips about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

• Text, email, share and print recipes.

• Discussions online about nutrition or cooking.

• Post recipes on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

Additional Resources

Madera Food Bank      Madera Food Bank Logo

The Madera County Food Bank plays a critical role in maintaining and improving the health and well-being of our community’s low income, and food insecure population. A number of food programs are offered to fight against food insecurity of Madera County.

 

Madera Rescue Mission             

Madera Rescue Mission LogoThe Madera Rescue Mission provides essential needs such as food, clothing and shelter. 

 

 

 

Central California Food Bank Central California Food Bank logo

The Central California Food Bank (CCFB) provides CalFresh reporting assistance as well as guidance with CalFresh applications. Call to schedule an appointment (559) 997-6869.

Reporting Fraud

Please help ensure the integrity of the CalFresh program. If you suspect fraud, please contact the Madera County Special Investigations Unit at (559) 661-5160.