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California Extra Food Stamps Allotment for 2022

Last updated on 10/2/22

Will CalFresh recipients receive extra SNAP benefits this month? The extra food stamps for California are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program. If you want to know how much in extra CalFresh benefits you can expect this month and when you’ll receive them, continue reading below. This post will detail the California Extra Food Stamps Allotment schedule for 2022 and when you can expect extra allotment benefits by month.

Table of Contents:

  • Extra Food Stamp Benefits in California
  • California Extra Food Stamps Allotment Schedule for 2022
  • How much will I get in Extra CalFresh Benefits?
  • Are they giving Extra Food Stamps Next Month?

Extra Food Stamp Benefits in California

Since March 2020, California has been using temporary SNAP flexibility to provide emergency food benefits to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These temporary flexibilities are also referred to as Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits.

What are Emergency Allotment benefits?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized emergency SNAP benefits because of COVID-19.

In California, the emergency allotments will raise each household’s monthly allotment of CalFresh to the maximum allowable based on household size.

In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will approve requests for additional benefits on a month-by-month basis.

We will update this post each month to reflect the extra food stamps that was approved for the month.

California Extra Food Stamps Allotment Schedule for 2022

Here’s the CalFresh extra allotment schedule for 2022 by Month.

Click on each month to see the article with the dates extra CalFresh benefits were paid for that month.

How much will I get in Extra CalFresh Benefits?

The amount of extra food stamp benefits you receive is determined by your household size.

Your Emergency Allotment benefits through P-SNAP is the difference between the amount of benefits you are currently receiving and the maximum benefit amount for your household size.

If you are already receiving the maximum monthly benefit amount for your household size, then you will not receive any additional or extra SNAP benefits.

However, if you are not receiving the maximum benefit allotment for your household size, then you will receive extra food stamp benefits.

This means that you will receive the Maximum Benefit Amount for your household size with EA benefits.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment by Household Size

Use the chart below to find the Maximum SNAP Allotment Amount for your household size.

The 2022-2023 maximum SNAP allotments for the District of Columbia and all states other than Alaska and Hawaii are as follows:

CalFresh Maximum Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

Are they giving Extra Food Stamps Next Month?

Yes, the current COVID-19 emergency declaration expires on October 15, 2022, and the HHS has not provided any indication it plans to end the declaration next month.

Therefore, states that are currently issuing extra SNAP benefits, including the state of California will be expected to issue benefits for October 2022.

We will provide an update here once the USDA announces the California extra food stamps payment dates for October 2022.

California Extra Food Stamps Allotment Summary

We hope this post on California Extra Food Stamps Allotment was helpful.


If you have further questions about CalFresh or California EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out our other articles about California SNAP and EBT, including:

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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