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Food and Nutrition
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps (federally known as the 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 that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
To get CalFresh benefits, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests:
ResourcesHouseholds may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3000 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (CalWORKs, formerly AFDC), and most retirement (pension) plans.
IncomeHouseholds have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.
Employment RequirementsGenerally able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS) between 18 and 50 can get CalFresh benefits for only 3 months in a 36-month period if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. This requirement is waived in some locations.
With some exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by the local office. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program.
Special Rules for Elderly or DisabledMost CalFresh rules apply to all households, but there are a few special rules for households that contain an elderly or disabled member.
Immigrant EligibilityThe 2002 Farm Bill restores CalFresh eligibility to most legal immigrants.
Certain noncitizens such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons and those admitted for permanent residence are also eligible for the program. Eligible household members can get CalFresh benefits even if there are other members of the household that are not eligible.
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 question 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.
- The locations of farmers' markets that accept EBT, and food pantries in your county.