Press Release CalFresh Emergency Allotments are Ending
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2023
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CalFresh Emergency Allotments are Ending:
CalFresh Emergency Allotments are temporary increases to regular CalFresh benefit amounts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized Emergency Allotments to help meet food needs. This means that since March 2020, households received an increase of at least $95 in CalFresh benefits per month. CalFresh households have received the maximum CalFresh Allotment by their household size.
CalFresh Emergency Allotments will end the month of February 2023. A final Emergency Allotment will be issued in March 2023.
CalFresh Emergency Allotments are ending because the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 ends the issuance of CalFresh Emergency Allotments to households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What happens next if you get CalFresh? You will get less CalFresh beginning April 2023. While the regular CalFresh benefit you are eligible for is not changing, you will no longer get the additional CalFresh benefit you have been getting due to the Emergency Allotments ending. The regular CalFresh benefit you get is the CalFresh amount put onto your EBT card between the 1st and 10th of each month. Your regular benefit amount is based on your circumstances, including your household size, income, and deductions. As this is a required change, there are no hearing rights related to the loss of Emergency Allotment benefits. No further action is required.
You can get free food from your local food bank. Visit https://www.cafoodbanks.org/find-food/, dial 2-1-1 to find a food bank in your area. You can also visit North State Food Bank Schedule for 2023.
Questions? Call 1-888-445-1955 or visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/calfreshcovid19