Important updates to CalFresh

Starting this June, California seniors and people with disabilities who receive SSI will be eligible for CalFresh.

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By Wally Pearce

I’m not sure if you’ve been following the SNAP (CalFresh) program updates over the past few months, formerly known as Food Stamps program, but there are some changes that will commence on Saturday, June 1. Please, if these changes don’t affect you, they could impact someone you might know. Please share these changes with others. The application process has also be shortened and improved.

Due in part to advocacy from groups like Californians for SSI, the 2018-2019 state budget included a policy change allowing California seniors and people with disabilities who receive SSI to be eligible for CalFresh (SNAP) benefits starting June 1, 2019.

Access to federal SNAP nutrition assistance will increase food security for California’s low-income SSI seniors and people with disabilities, leading to fewer people being forced to choose between basics like food and medicine, and giving people more flexibility to direct money toward other needs such as finding and being able to afford housing. The expansion will be particularly important for seniors age 60 or older, who represent more than half of the over 1.2 million low-income Californians who receive SSI to help meet their basic needs.

Aging services providers can learn more details about this important and historic change in a fact sheet. The five-page fact sheet helps providers understand the details of the change in order to better support their clients. The fact sheet also includes information on CalFresh rules that will be particularly relevant for enrolling SSI seniors and people with disabilities this summer and beyond.

Please, if these changes don’t affect you, they could impact someone you might know. Please share these changes with others.

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