CalFresh benefits, known federally as SNAP benefits, start on the first of the month and run through Sept. 10. Payments will be distributed depending on the recipient’s case number. For example, if a case number ends in 1, California recipients can expect to see their CalFresh benefits on Aug. 1. If a case number ends in 2, CalFresh benefits will be available on Aug. 2. The payment dates continue until Aug. 10, when those with a case number ending in 0 will receive their payment.
The amount an eligible household receives depends on multiple factors, including household size, income limits, and additional assets. The average payment in California per eligible individual is $196 per month. The maximum payment for a household of one person each month is $281. The maximum SNAP amount for a household of four is $939, and the maximum amount for a household of eight is $1,691. For each household member past eight, the program adds up to $211.
For most California households, the monthly gross income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. For a family of one, there’s a monthly income limit of $1,473. A household of three’s limit is $2,495, and a household of six’s limit is $4,029.
For households with an elderly or disabled member, the eligibility limit is 200%. For a family of one, there’s a monthly income limit of $2,266. A household of three’s limit is $3,840, and a household of six’s limit is $6,200.
Around 13% of California’s population receives CalFresh assistance, amounting to nearly 5 million Californians each month, according to 2022 data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
For more information on how to apply for SNAP or monitor CalFresh benefits, residents can visit the government portal or call 1-877-847-3663.