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Checking Your Eligibility

Who is eligible for CalFresh

Want to check your CalFresh eligibility in less than five minutes?  Answer just 10 simple questions from our partner mRelief.com.

Who must be included in the application

  • Anyone who purchases and prepares meals together
  • Everyone living at the address, such as husbands, wives, parents, and children under age 22

How benefit amounts are determined

Your benefit amount is based on your gross monthly income (below) and household size minus monthly expenses such as: 

  • Child support payments
  • Childcare expenses
  • Medical expenses (only if your household has at least one member who is age 60 or older or has a disability)
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utility and phone expenses

Household resources (such as investments, property ownership, and bank accounts) are exempt from your application requirements. However, any income generated from resources will count as part of your household’s total gross income.

CalFresh Gross Monthly Income Requirements

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Before October 1, 2021$2,128$2,874$3,620$4,368$5,114$5,860$6,608
Starting October 1, 2021$2,148$2,904$3,660$4,418$5,174$5,930$6,688

Maximum benefit allotments

Each year, the maximum allowable benefit is adjusted based on the cost of living (COLA) increase explained in table below. For more information, see the CalFresh Maximum Allotment flyer.

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January 1, 2021-September 30, 2021$234$430$616$782$919$1114$1232
October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022$250$459$658$835$992$1190$1316

Expedited Service

More immediate food assistance is available on the third business day following your CalFresh application date. To qualify, you must provide identification and meet all other CalFresh requirements in addition to one of the following: 

  • Your household makes less than $150 in monthly income and has less than $100 on hand right now.
  • Your household's combined monthly income and money on hand are less than your household's combined monthly rent and utilities.
  • You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and have less than $100 on hand right now.

Emergency food assistance

 Emergency food boxes are not available while the 1235 Mission Street Service Center is closed. Please check back for updates.