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CalFresh Work Rules

COVID-19 update: Effective April 1, 2020 CalFresh Work Rules are suspended until further notice. CalFresh recipients between the ages of 18-49 without a child in the home are temporarily NOT required to meet federal work requirements. This federal rule is known as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD).

Keep Your CalFresh Benefits - Steps to Take

If you are a CalFresh recipient 18-49 years of age, you do not currently have to meet work requirements to keep your benefits. If you have questions, contact the Human Services Agency (HSA) by calling (415) 558-4700

You can also:
Submit a Client Survey to help us determine your benefits status. English | Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Russian
Read our fact sheet
 on CalFresh work rules and work exemptions. English | Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Russian

If you are a service provider, visit our CalFresh Work Rules Resources page for education and outreach materials that can help you serve CalFresh recipients. 

Work Requirement Exemptions

You may be exempt from the work requirement if you are one of the following:

  • Pregnant
  • Living with a child under age 18
  • Earning at least $218 a week
  • Caring for a child under age 6 or anyone who is ill or disabled
  • Applying for or getting unemployment insurance
  • Applying for or getting disability benefits or veterans'
  • Going to school or employment training
  • Volunteering at least 20 hours a week
  • Have a physical, mental or emotional disability that stops you from working

Meeting CalFresh Work Requirements

If you are not exempt from working, you will be required to participate in approved activities to continue receiving CalFresh benefits. You can meet work requirements by doing one or a combination of the following:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week, on average 80 hours per month
  • Volunteering or performing community service 20 hours per week
  • Employment training
  • Participating in workfare arranged by HSA, less than 20 hours per week.

Interested in jobs or training? Call (415) 575-4600 to sign up for a JobsNOW! orientation.