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Federal Government Shutdown and CalFresh Benefits

Author: Social Services
Date: 1/15/2019 2:25:40 PM

Early Issuance of February CalFresh Benefits


Federal Government Shutdown and CalFresh Benefits

Early Issuance of February CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh is the name of California’s food assistance program which is funded through Federal SNAP funding.  Due to the federal government shutdown, most households that receive food assistance through the CalFresh Program received their February benefits early. 

On the evening of January 14th, a special process was done to issue February CalFresh Benefits early to any family that had certified CalFresh eligibility for February.   Families that were included in the early issuance received their February CalFresh benefits on January 15th.  Families that did not receive an early issuance, will receive their February benefits on their regular issuance date in February. For example: A family had a January report due in January.  The family turned the report in on 1/16/19.  The family’s CalFresh benefits will issue on their regular issuance date in February 2019 if federal funds are available. 

The best way for families to know if they received their February benefits early, is to check their EBT card balance for a January 15th issuance.  Families that receive an early issuance, need to be aware they have received their February CalFresh benefits and budget accordingly. They will not receive any additional CalFresh benefits in February.  If families have questions, they can come to their local County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services office.

The CalFresh EBT System continues to operate, and our local Department of Social Services offices will remain open. 

 

New CalFresh Applications will be accepted and processed as usual. 

 

CalFresh recipients may check their EBT Card Balance by contacting the EBT customer service line or by using the MyBenefits CalWIN application. 

 

California is waiting for guidance from the federal government about March 2019 CalFresh benefits in case the federal shutdown continues.  The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services will provide updates when information about March’s benefits is known.