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Department of Human Services

Division of Food and Nutrition Benefits

CalFresh and COVID-19

California continues their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impacts with enhanced CalFresh benefits for households. Many of the additional benefits are temporary and are subject to approval from the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS), which operates under the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • At this time, there is no waiver or alleviation of reporting requirements. Semi-annual reports and recertifications must be submited by the due date to avoid a potential break in benefits.
  • CalFresh eligibility has been temporarily expanded to students who are eligible for federal or state work study (previously students had to be eligible and participate) or students with an Expected Family Contribution of zero dollars.
  • Until further notice, California is providing CalFresh emergency allotments to eligible households. Emergency allotments raise each household's regular monthly CalFresh allotment to at least the maximum allowable allotment based on household size.  Emergency Allotments are issued for the past benefit month, not the current month. The dates will differ and not be aligned with the regular load dates that occur based on the last number of the case number (1st -10th of the month). 

When will I get my Emergency Allotment?


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The P-EBT 2.0 program has ended for the 20/21 school year and no additional benefits will be issued to those cards.

CA has been approved for P-EBT 3.0 benefits for the 21/22 school year and cards will be issued starting Late October 2022 and through January 2023

The county does not have access to P-EBT eligibility information.

For questions about your child’s eligibility for P-EBT, or for more information on the P-EBT program, please visit the P-EBT website at https://capandemic-ebt.org/or call the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677. Representatives are available to assist callers Monday-Friday, 6am-6pm