CalFresh Lassen County (2024 Guide)

CalFresh is a benefits assistance program that helps limited-income individuals and families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. If you live in the County of Lassen, California, and need help with CalFresh, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about CalFresh Lassen County.

This includes CalFresh eligibility, how to apply for benefits, How to renew your benefits, BenefitsCal login help, and Lassen County Community Social Services (CSS) contact information.

Before we get into CalFresh eligibility guidelines, first, we will explain what CalFresh is about and who is eligible to apply.

Next, we will explain each of the eligibility guidelines in detail, including the income limit, which is the most important.

We will then walk you through the 3 ways you can apply for CalFresh in Lassen County.

Also, we will share details on how much you are likely to receive in CalFresh if you are approved.

Additionally, we will review the CalFresh renewal process in Lassen County and what you need to know to successfully complete SAR 7 or recertification.

Furthermore, we will explain the restaurant meals program in Lassen County and how you can use your EBT card to buy food at restaurants and fast food places if you are eligible.

Lastly, we will provide CSS contact information, including the phone number and hours of operation.

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Table of Contents:

Applying for CalFresh in the Lassen County

  • CalFresh In Lassen County
  • Who is Eligible for CalFresh?
  • CalFresh Eligibility Guidelines
  • CalFresh Income Limits – 2024
  • How Much in CalFresh will I Get?
  • How do I apply for CalFresh Benefits in Lassen County?

Managing Your CalFresh Benefits

  • Lassen County CalFresh Login (BenefitsCal Account Login)
  • How to Renew CalFresh in Lassen County
  • CalFresh Lassen County Phone Number
  • Restaurants that take CalFresh in Lassen County

What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program is California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and was formerly known as Food Stamps.

CalFresh assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food.

Eligibility for CalFresh, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

A household can be one person, a group of people, a family, or any combination of people that buy and prepare food together.

Children living with their parents are considered part of the same household until age 22.

Furthermore, many legal non-citizens are eligible for CalFresh benefits.

Also, even if you can’t get CalFresh benefits for yourself, other members of your household may be eligible.

Additionally, Seniors and certain students are eligible for CalFresh benefits.

Once approved monthly benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a bank debit card.

You can use your California EBT card to buy eligible food items at most grocery stores, markets (including some Farmers’ Markets), and online.

CalFresh Lassen County

In Lassen County, the CalFresh program is managed by the Community Social Services (CSS).

In addition to CalFresh benefits, the CSS also handles CalWORKs, General Relief, and MediCal applications and benefits.

Furthermore, BenefitsCal is the website for Lassen County Residents to apply for and to view their benefits online.

We will walk you through how to sign up for a BenefitsCal account or log in to your account if you already have done.

Who is Eligible for CalFresh?

Here are the categories of people who live in the state of California that are eligible for CalFresh:

  • Any California household or individual (including the homeless) with low or no income
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients
  • CalWORKS or CAAP applicants can apply for CalFresh as part of their application process for those services
  • Students of higher education who meet eligibility requirements
  • Legal permanent residents and qualified immigrants

What You Need to Apply for CalFresh

Here’s what you need to apply for CalFresh benefits:

Proof of Identity

Applicants must provide proof of their identity to show that they are the person they claim to be.

Identity may be verified through a variety of documents, including but not limited to,

  • Department of Motor Vehicles ID or driver’s license
  • Work or school ID
  • Voter registration card
  • Birth certificate

Social Security Numbers

Individuals, including children, applying for CalFresh benefits, must either provide a Social Security number or proof they have applied for a Social Security Number.

Household members that are not eligible for CalFresh do not have to provide or apply for a Social Security Number.

Residency

The applicant must live in the state of California and must apply in their county of residence.

Persons without a permanent residence or a fixed mailing address can get CalFresh as long as they can prove residency in a county.

Work Rules

There are special rules for able-bodied adults without dependent children.

If you are an able-bodied adult without dependents and are between the ages of 18 and 50, here’s what you need to know:

You must register for work or be working at least 20 hours per week or an average of 80 hours per month to receive CalFresh benefits.

Citizenship Status

U. S. citizens and many non-citizens are eligible for CalFresh.

Furthermore, even if some members of the household are not eligible, those who are may be able to get CalFresh benefits.

Eligibility for Aged and Disabled Households

There are special rules for households with seniors and people who are disabled.

If you are age 60 or over, or you are receiving Social Security Disability or Medi-Cal due to a disability, or a full VA pension here’s what you need to know.

You may be eligible with income over the regular limits if you pay very high rent and utilities and/or have medical expenses over $35 per month.

However, this must be computed on a case-by-case basis.

Some Households are Subject to Resources (Asset) Limit

Some households are subject to resource limits when applying for CalFresh

Resources are counted as part of CalFresh eligibility only for those households that :

  • Contain a member who has been disqualified from participating in CalFresh because of an Intentional Program Violation,
  • Have a head of the household that does not comply with work requirements,
  • Have any member of the household that has been convicted of certain categories of drug felonies

CalFresh Resource Limit

Households that fit one of the three descriptions above are subject to a resource limit of $2,750.

However, households with an elderly or disabled person must have assets of $4,250 or less.

Income and Deductions

To be eligible for CalFresh, your monthly gross income (before payroll deductions) must be the same or below the amount listed in the chart for your household size.

CalFresh counts most types of income to determine if a household is eligible.

Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, to be potentially eligible for CalFresh.

For CalFresh purposes, gross monthly income means a household’s total income before excluding allowable deductions.

Also, deductions are expenses that are subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income to arrive at the net monthly income.

CalFresh Income Limits – 2024

Here’s what you need to know about CalFresh income limits for 2024:

Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), to be potentially eligible for CalFresh.

If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled, only the net income limit must be met.

California SNAP (CalFresh) Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Monthly Gross Income (200% of FPL) Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $2,420 $1,215
2 $3,288 $1,644
3 $4,144 $2,072
4 $5,000 $2,500
5 $5,858 $2,929
6 $6,714 $3,357
7 $7,570 $3,785
8 $8,428 $4,214
Each Additional Household Member: Add $858 $429

CalFresh Income Deductions

Deductions are allowable expenses that can be subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income to arrive at the net monthly income.

The net monthly income is used to determine eligibility and the amount of CalFresh benefits that will be received monthly.

CalFresh deductions include:

  • 20% deduction from earned income,
  • A standard deduction of $198 for households with 1-3 members
  • Standard deduction of $208 for households with 4 members,
  • A standard deduction of $244 for a household with 5 members,
  • Standard deduction of $279 for a household with 6 or more members,
  • Cost of childcare when needed to work, seek work or attend training for work,
  • Medical expenses exceeding $35 for elderly or disabled household members,
  • Court-ordered child support payments paid to non-household members, and
  • A portion of shelter (rent or mortgage) and utility costs

How Much in CalFresh will I Get?

If you are approved for food stamps in California, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:

  • Number of people in your household,
  • Total amount of your household’s income, and
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.

The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

The table below shows the maximum CalFresh benefits for households with zero income.

As your income increases, your CalFresh benefit amount goes down.

CalFresh Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size 
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $291
2 $535
3 $766
4 $973
5 $1,155
6 $1,386
7 $1,532
8 $1,751
Each Additional Household Member: $219

How do I apply for CalFresh in Lassen County?

There are three ways you can apply for CalFresh benefits:

Option 1 – Online

The easier and quickest way to apply for CalFresh in Lassen County is online at BenefitsCal.com.

Option 2 – By Phone

You can call Lassen County CSS to apply by phone or have an application mailed to you.

Here is the number to call:

CSS Customer Service Center (CSC) (530) 251-8152 and request an application be mailed to you.

Fill out the application packet and mail it to:

Lassen County Community Social Services
1616 Chestnut Street
96130 Susanville , CA

Option 3 – In Person

Lastly, you can apply In person at any of the Lassen County Community Social Services (CSS) offices.

To locate a Lassen County Community Social Services office near you, click here or see the list below.

After you submit an application, you will be contacted by an eligibility worker to complete the application process.

Lassen County Community Social Services office locations

Here’s the list of Lassen County Community Social Services office locations that handle CalFresh applications and benefits.

Lassen County Community Social Services

Lassen Business Career Network
1616 Chestnut Street
96130 Susanville , CA

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1359
96130 Susanville , CA

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

BenefitsCal Login Help

If you live in Lassen County, then you can use the BenefitsCal online portal to apply for and manage benefit assistance.

Follow the instructions below for help logging in BenefitsCal online account.

If you do not have an account, see our guide on how to create BenefitsCal Account.

Step 1 – Visit BenefitsCal Website

To start the login process for your BenefitsCal account, visit the BenefitsCal Account website at https://benefitscal.com/.

Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “Log In” button, which is usually located at the top of the site (see image below).

Click on the “Log In” button to proceed with the process.

Step 2 – Enter Email Address and Password

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will be required to enter your account email address and password, as shown below.

Once you enter the correct email address and password, click “Log In” to continue, as shown by the image below.

"Login to your account"

Step 3 – View your account

If you entered the correct email address and password, you will be automatically taken to your BenefitsCal account page, as shown below.

Once there, you can perform a variety of tasks, including applying for:

  • Federal Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Cash Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Discounts on Subway Fares

Step 4 – First Time Login

When you first log in to your BenefitsCal account, you will see the page below.

Accept the terms and conditions to proceed.

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Step 5 – BenefitsCal Dashboard

After you have accepted the terms and conditions, you will be taken to the page below, which is your BenefitsCal dashboard.

"BenefitsCal dashboard"

Forgot Password?

If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Your Password” link as shown in the image below.

"BenefitsCal forgot password"

Next, you will be required to enter your email address to reset your password, as shown in the image below.

Once you have entered your email address, click “Next” to reset your password.

"Enter email address to reset password"

The video below does a great job of walking you through how to reset your password.

If you still need further assistance in resetting your BenefitCal password, we suggest you watch the video below.

How to Renew CalFresh in Lassen County

In order to keep your CalFresh benefits in Lassen County, there are four requirements you have to meet each year.

They are:

Lassen County CalFresh Renewal Timeline

The table below provides a simple overview of the CalFresh renewal process.

It includes SAR 7 renewal and annual recertification timeline.

As you will see below, the table shows the specific date each renewal process has to be completed based on the date of your initial application for CalFresh.

Initial CalFresh Application SAR-7 Timeline Recertification Timeline
1 January June 5th December 5th
2 February July 5th January 5th
3 March August 5th February 5th
4 April September 5th March 5th
5 May October 5th April 5th
6 June November 5th May 5th
7 July December 5th June 5th
8 August January 5th July 5th
9 September February 5th August 5th
10 October March 5th September 5th
11 November April 5th October 5th
12 December May 5th November 5th

Lassen County CalFresh Renewal Process

You must turn in this recertification application and be interviewed before the end of your certification period to continue receiving CalFresh.

In many counties, you can complete this recertification application online.

We will first explain the recertification process, then we will explain how you can complete the process online.

CalFresh Recertification Process

Here are the steps you need to take to complete the CalFresh recertification process.

Step 1 – Complete the Recertification Application Form

Click here for the recertification application form.

Be sure to answer all questions on the recertification application.

Step 2 – Submit Your Recertification Application Form

Next, turn in the signed application to the County.

You can do so in person, by mail, by fax, or online. Here’s how:

In-Person

Submit your Renewal form in person at your County Community Social Services (CSS) office. Click here to locate an CSS Office near you or see the address above.

If you are submitting by mail or fax, contact your county CalFresh Office for their fax number or mailing address.

Online

You can complete the re-certification online using the BenefitsCal Portal.

Click here for help logging into your BenefitsCal account or see the instructions above.

If you do not have a BenefitsCal account, click here for help creating one.

Step 3 – CDSS Acknowledgment and Interview Appointment

The County CalFresh office will send you an interview appointment letter to discuss your recertification application.

Most interviews are done by phone.

Step 4 – Attend the Recertification Interview

The next step in the recertification process is to attend your interview on the appointed date.

During the interview, your caseworker will go over the information on the application and will ask questions to recertify you for CalFresh and determine your benefits.

Bring proof of changes in:

  • Income
  • Number of People in Your Household (People buying/eating together)
  • Housing costs.

It is very important to keep your interview even if you do not have proof of the changes discussed above.

Step 5 – Recertification Application Decision

Next, your caseworker will make a decision regarding your recertification.

You will know by mail whether you will keep receiving CalFresh benefits, what your benefit amount will be, and if there are any other changes.

CalFresh Lassen County Phone Number

Here’s how to contact the Lassen County CSS regarding your CalFresh benefits:

The Customer Service Center is a “single point of contact” currently providing services for the following aid programs:

  • CalWORK
  • CalFresh
  • Medi-Cal
  • General Relief

Phone numbers

To find out about the status of your case or application, or to ask any other questions about your case, you can call:

Lassen County Community Social Services Call Center:
(530) 251-8152

Frequently Asked Questions About CalFresh in Lassen County

Here are the most frequently asked questions about CalFresh in Lassen County.

Can I Use my California SNAP EBT on Instacart?

Yes. You can also use your California Food Stamps benefits with Instacart.

Instacart is an online grocery delivery service, to buy groceries at SNAP-participating retailers for delivery or pickup.

Instacart provides groceries through the following EBT SNAP retailers:

  • ALDI
  • FoodMaxx
  • Lucky Supermarkets
  • Save Mart

What Farmers Markets Accept CalFresh in Lassen County?

Many Farmer’s Markets across Lassen County allow users to use CalFresh.

Here are three reasons why it pays to use your CalFresh benefits at Farmers’ Market

  1. Produce may cost less at Farmers’ Market than at the grocery store!
  2. Farmers’ Market produce is grown locally and freshness is unbeatable!
  3. By using your CalFresh benefits at Farmers’ Market, you help support the local economy and small farms.

You can also get an extra $10 to spend on produce when you use your CalFresh EBT Card at select farmers’ markets under the Market Match program.

To find a Market Match farmers market near you, click here.

Lassen County Farmers Markets

Below is a list of farmers’ markets in Lassen county. Be sure to call each market to make sure they accept EBT.

You can also find out whether they offer Double EBT Match.

Lassen County Farmer’s Market

Historic Uptown Susanville Farmer’s Market
South Gay Street,
Susanville, 96130
Phone: (714) 345-3087

Open: Year Round, Sun – 8am – 1pm

I Need Food Now, What Should I Do?

If you need food now, you can contact Food Pantries and soup kitchens in Lassen County using the phone numbers below:

Food Pantries in Lassen County, CA

Fort Sage Family Resource Center
Location: 170 D. South Street
Herlong, CA 96113
Contact: (530) 827-3007
Website: http://fortsagefamilyresourcecenter.yolasite.com/

Westwood Family Resource Center
Location: 463-642 Birch Street
Westwood, CA 96137
Contact: (530) 256-3706
Website: https://westwood-one-stop-center.business.site/

Other Food Programs:

Lassen Senior Services
Location: 1700 Sunkist Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Contact: (530) 257-2113

Westwood Nutrition Site
Westwood Senior Apartments
Location: 671-315 Finland Drive
Westwood, CA 96137
Contact: (530) 256-3754

Doyle Community Center
Location: 434-685 Doyle Loop
Doyle, CA 96109
Contact: (530) 827-2582

Cross Roads
Location: 2410 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130
Contact: (530) 251-0701
Website: https://www.crossroadssusanville.org/programs

“Meals – Monday through Friday Breakfast: 7
a.m. Lunch: Noon. Saturday dinner: 6 p.m.
Emergency food boxes. Summer feeding
program for children who had depended on
school lunches.”

CalFresh Lassen County Summary

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