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Keeping CalFresh

Learn how to make sure you keep your benefits active.

CalFresh Work Rules

Effective September 1, 2018, some CalFresh recipients in San Francisco are now required to meet federal work requirements. The rules apply to anyone receiving CalFresh between the ages of 18-49 that does not have a child living in the home.   LEARN MORE

Regular Reporting

Semi-Annual Report (SAR 7) and Annual Recertification - COVID-19 update:  
Normally, you must submit a SAR 7 form every six months and have an Annual Recertification interview to report changes in your income or other circumstances.

In response to COVID-19, your CalFresh benefits will continue with no changes from March to June 2020. This means that if your SAR 7 form or Annual Recertification was due in March, April, or May 2020, you do not have to turn it in or complete your interview. If you have turned in your March SAR 7 or renewal paperwork already, it will not be processed, and nothing will change.

Changes to report during COVID-19: Call (415) 558-4700 if your circumstances have changed in a way that makes your benefits go up. 

Income Change Reporting

Between regular reports, households are required to report when their household income exceeds their Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) and will need to submit proof, such as a pay stub or award letter, within 10 days of the increase. Your worker will tell you what your specific IRT is. Contact our staff at (415) 558-4700 for assistance if your income has exceeded your IRT, or you may be required to pay back benefits that you were given in error.

Households may also report, during the certification period, any change that could increase benefits, such as a job loss or increased shelter expenses.

Account Maintenance

Create an online account through MyBenefitsCalWIN to easily update your contact information, complete reports, apply for benefits, check your EBT balance, and receive notices online. If you receive CalFresh and your mailing address or phone number has changed, please update your contact information through MyBenefitsCalWIN or call the CalFresh Service Center at (415) 558-4700.