According to the District Department of Public Social Services, CalFresh recipients were up for an additional installment on Sunday as part of a series of benefit increases that began in April.
“The extra help is vital for children and adults, ensuring they have access to healthy food at a time when many people are in financial need,” said Allison Gonzalez, assistant director of self-sufficiency programs, DPSS.
CalFresh is a government-administered program backed by the state through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which has replaced food brands over the past decade. Recipients are provided with electronic benefit debit cards for use in stores.
The Sunday additional rate took the form of a credit on recipient cards.
There are income limits for applicants, but according to the DPSS, anyone can apply to see if they or their family are qualified.
Recipients are entitled to up to $ 355 in extended benefits resulting from increased federal funding. The additional benefits should continue to be paid until at least June.
According to the DPSS, around 75,000 households in the district have received emergency aid since April.
Information on applying for CalFresh benefits can be found at GetCalFresh.org, or by calling DPSS at (877) 410-8827.
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