Yuba County Public Assistance - CalFresh Program
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Public Assistance Division

Carol Newsom, Program Manager

5730 Packard Ave., Suite 100 -  P.O. Box 2320  Marysville, CA  95901

Phone: (530) 749-6311 Fax: (530)




CalFresh

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The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.  The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and grocery stores. 

What does the name change mean for me, a current food stamp recipient?

CalFresh is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in California.  CalFresh and SNAP are not new programs.  The name change will have no effect on current benefits.  Recipients will continue to receive benefits as before and access them with the same http://www.co.yuba.ca.us/Departments/HHSD/Eligibility/images/j0156795.gifelectronic card at local authorized retailers and grocery stores. 

CalFresh benefits provide eligible individuals or groups who live in the same household increased food purchasing power.  Information about the household's income and number of people is used to determine the amount of CalFresh benefits they can receive.  CalFresh benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system.  CalFresh benefits cannot be traded for cash, used to pay debts or used for non-food items such as but not limited to:  tobacco, alcohol, health care products or paper products.

CalFresh

CalFresh is a federally funded program that helps income eligible people buy the food they need for good health.  For most households, CalFresh benefits are only part of their food budget; they must spend some of their own cash along with their CalFresh benefits in order to buy enough food for a month. 

The amount of CalFresh benefits an income eligible 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.

  

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CalFresh Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1.  How many CalFresh benefits can you receive?

  2.  How much property and income can you have and still get CalFresh?

  3.  What can you purchase with CalFresh?

  4.  Can single people living alone receive CalFresh?

  5.  Can you receive aid from other programs and receive CalFresh?

  6.  Can a homeless person receive CalFresh?

  7.  How do I use my EBT Card?

  8.  Where do I go to apply for CalFresh in Yuba County?

 

Answers:

 

1.  How many CalFresh benefits can you receive?

If you are eligible, the size of your household and your monthly income determine how much you get each month.  The less monthly income you have, the more CalFresh benefits you will receive.  The chart below lists the maximum amount that could be received for the household size. 

 

Maximum Food Stamp Allotments

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Maximum

Amount

$200

$367

$526

$668

$793

$952

$1,052

$1,202

$1,352

$1,502

*Add $150 for each additional member beyond 10.

 

 

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2.  How much property and income can you have and still get CalFresh?

By offering you Pub 275, the Federal Government has made it so that your resources are not considered for purposes of CalFresh eligibility.  CalFresh has two income tests: gross (before payroll deductions) and net monthly income (income after all allowable deductions under the CalFresh rules have been subtracted).  Households that do not include any elderly or disabled household members must meet the gross income eligibility standard which is 130% of the federal poverty guidelines.  Any household that has a member who is elderly or disabled need only pass the net income test.  If the household's net monthly income is more than the net income limit, the household cannot get CalFresh benefits.            

 

Maximum Gross Income for Food Stamp Eligibility
Effective 10/01/20
12

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Maximum Gross Monthly Income*

$1,211

$1,640

$2,069

$2,498

$2,927

$3,356

$3,785

$4,214

$4,643

$5,072

Maximum Net Monthly Income**

$931

$1,261

$1,591

$1,921

$2,251

$2,581

$2,911

$3,241

$3,571

$3,901

 *Add $429 for each additional member beyond 10

**Add $330 for each additional member beyond 10

 

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3.  What can you purchase with CalFresh?

CalFresh can be used to buy any food or food product that is produced for human consumption.  The exception to this is hot foods or lunch counter items prepared or heated in the store.  Alcoholic beverages and tobacco, vitamins or medicines, and pet food are also excluded.  Seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food can also be purchased with CalFresh.  CalFresh benefits cannot be used to buy non-food items like soap, toilet paper or shampoo. 

 

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4.  Can single people living alone receive CalFresh?

Yes.  Being married and/or having children are not requirements. 

 

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5.  Can you receive aid from other programs and receive CalFresh? 

Yes.  In California, 60 percent of the CalFresh households also receive cash aid from other public assistance programs.  There is a restriction that a household cannot participate simultaneously in the CalFresh Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Also, in California, Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program participants do not qualify for CalFresh. 

 

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6.  Can a homeless person receive CalFresh?

Yes.  A person must reside in the county in which an application is filed.  Residence in a permanent dwelling or a fixed mailing address is not required. 

 

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7.  How do I use my EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Card?

CalFresh recipients are issued a plastic card called an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card that they then use to make purchases from stores that accept CalFresh benefits.  The stores will have machines, called POS (point of sale) machines, through which the customers will swipe their EBT cards.  The amount of the purchase will be automatically (electronically) deducted from the CalFresh EBT account.  For additional information, go to www.ebtproject.ca.gov

 

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8.  Where do I go to apply for CalFresh in Yuba County?     

Persons living in Yuba County may go to 5730 Packard Ave., Suite 100 - Marysville, CA  95901 or click on the C4Yourself logo and apply online.  

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If you cannot get to the office, someone who knows your circumstances, and is authorized by you, can apply and be interviewed for you. 

 

For more information on CalFresh you may visit the State Web Site or call (530) 749-6311.

 

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Public Assistance Division • 5730 Packard Ave., Suite 100, Marysville, CA 95901 • (530)749-6311 • Fax: (530)749-6797

 

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