CalFresh is a federal nutrition program for low-income individuals and families that can help households buy healthy foods and seeds. Formerly known as the food stamp program and federally known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), this program provides a monthly nutrition benefit which is used via an Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) card similar to a debit card. The benefit is used to purchase groceries at markets, small retailers and even farmer’s markets.         

CalFresh Emergency Allotments

To increase food benefits in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects on the economy, section 2302(a)(1) of the Act provides authority for the California Department of Social Services (the Department) to provide CalFresh emergency allotments.

To view the approved CalFresh Emergency Allotments and the issuance dates, please refer to the CalFresh Emergency Allotment chart

Please Note: CalFresh Emergency Allotments will end the month of February 2023. A final Emergency Allotment will be issued in March 2023. Please refer to the state’s information webpage for more details: CalFresh COVID-19.

Thrifty Food Plan, 2021

The Thrifty Food Plan has been updated for October 2021.  It outlines nutrient-dense foods and beverages, their amounts, and associated costs that can be purchased on a limited budget to support a healthy diet through nutritious meals and snacks at home. As directed by Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill, and for the first time since 2006, USDA reevaluated the Thrifty Food Plan to reflect updated data on food prices, food composition, and consumption patterns, and current dietary guidance in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.

The following chart outlines the CalFresh maximum benefit allotment increases that follow the updated Thrifty Food Plan.

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October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023

People in Household

Gross Monthly Income Limit

CalFresh Maximum Monthly Allotment

























Each Additional Household Person




CalFresh Food Assistance

Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) - Business Owner Information

Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) for CalFresh Participants

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