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Over 100 Households Will Keep Food Benefits Longer Starting This Month

For Immediate Release
November 29, 2021

Contact: Gene Kennedy
Senior Public Information Specialist
(951) 203-0343

Over 100 Households Will Keep Food Benefits Longer Starting This Month
Eligible customers will use Transitional Nutrition Benefits for two years before renewing

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif.— 125 households countywide that rely on the Transitional Nutrition Benefit (TNB) program to stay healthy can now use the aid for two years before renewing it.

The change began in November and helps Riverside County households that include older and disabled individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP).

The program provides state-funded nutrition benefits for households that include at least one SSI/SSP recipient who lost CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps) when the recipient’s income was added to the household.

A household of three receives on average $135 a month under the program. Customers who had to renew the benefits this month can skip the process and will continue receiving the aid until renewal begins again in November 2023.

“These benefits close a gap to make sure vulnerable adults get the help they need to put a healthy meal on the table during economically challenging times,” said Allison Gonzalez, an assistant director in the county’s Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS). “Now, with this two-year pause to renew the aid, it’s one less hurdle for customers.”

SSI/SSP customers who have questions can contact the department’s customer service call center at 1-877-410-8827.

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