For Immediate Release
October 15, 2020
Contact: Gene Kennedy
Senior Public Information Specialist
New Round of CalFresh Food Benefits Expected to Land Oct. 18
Food assistance will continue through November for eligible households
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Ca.— Riverside County households that receive CalFresh should look for a seventh round of supplemental benefits to arrive Sunday, Oct. 18, as the state works to ease economic hardships from the coronavirus pandemic.
The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), improves the health and wellbeing of recipients by supporting access to healthy food. The extra benefits also help the community. For every CalFresh dollar spent, $1.79 is generated in local economic activity, according to the California Department of Social Services.
The benefit will be automatically deposited Sunday into customers’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The state will issue another supplemental benefit Nov. 15.
Qualified households could be eligible for the maximum allowable benefit during the pandemic. For example, a household of two that typically receives $53 in CalFresh benefits could be temporarily eligible to receive the monthly maximum of $355.
Since April, the state has dispersed more than $82 million in supplemental allotments to about 75,000 households in Riverside County.
“The needs are great in Riverside County,” said Allison Gonzalez, program director over Self-Sufficiency at the county’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). “These extra dollars are helping struggling families and seniors keep healthy, nutritious food on their tables.”
Customers can apply at GetCalFresh.org or by calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at 1-877-410-8827.
Since the end of April, CalFresh customers have been able to use their benefits on Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to buy groceries online at Amazon and Walmart.
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