For the First Time Ever, CalFresh Food Benefits Available to Seniors and People with Disabilities Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP) Beginning June 1

Oroville – The Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services is pleased to announce the expansion of the CalFresh food assistance program to serve people who receive Supplemental Security Income/Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits beginning June 1, 2019. There will be no change or reduction to their SSI/SSP benefits. This announcement marks the kick-off of the annual CalFresh Awareness Month in May.

 

The Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services is prepared to help older adults and people with disabilities who receive SSI apply for CalFresh food assistance.  There will be an unprecedented, high volume of applicants this summer as CalFresh expands to potentially serve up to 10,279 additional recipients in Butte County.

 

CalFresh food benefits stretch household budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables, and other healthy options. CalFresh food benefits are delivered on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card and can be used at any grocery store and farmers market that accepts EBT.  Food benefits for one person range from $15-$192 per month, with a national average of $105-$110 per month for older adults and people with disabilities.  15,228 households in Butte County currently receive CalFresh benefits, resulting in 27,149 individuals having increased access to health foods.

 

Households that already receive CalFresh and currently have a member of their household that has been excluded because they receive SSI do not need to apply or contact the county. Counties will contact those households at their next report date. 

 

There are three ways to connect with your county human services agency and apply:

 

On line at www.GetCalFresh.org

In person at Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services offices in Oroville and Chico

Call 1-877-410-8803 for more information on how to apply

 

 

 

 

The CalFresh application process includes:

 

1.     Complete an application – on-line, or in person.

2.     Provide proof of income and expenses, if needed.

3.     Complete an interview – by phone or in person.

4.     Counties will determine eligibility in 30 days or less (individuals may qualify for expedited processing if they meet the emergent criteria starting on June 1st).

5.     County provides an EBT debit card.

 

Reasonable accommodations and services in multiple languages are available through county social service departments.

 

Additional state-funded nutrition benefits may be available to households currently participating in CalFresh who experience a drop in CalFresh benefits due to the state now counting SSI income in the CalFresh case.  As always, clients can contact Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services to ask questions or report changes at any time.

 

Supplemental Security Income is a needs-based program that provides a monthly benefit to individuals who are blind, elderly, or have a disability. For disabled people who have never worked, or those who haven’t worked enough in the recent years to qualify for Social Security disability insurance, Supplemental Security Income may be the only program available to them.

 

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