California Food Stamps Payment Schedule – October 2023

If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits in California, knowing when your food stamps will be deposited into your EBT card is important in helping you budget. In this article, we will provide you with the California Food Stamps Payment Schedule for October 2023, including Cash Assistance deposits.

Additionally, we will provide details below of P-EBT 4.0 benefits and the new updated Calfresh Income Limits that went into effect on October 1, 2023.

In the state of California, there are currently 3,020,493 households receiving SNAP benefits or Food Stamps, with about 5,265,551 Californians receiving benefits in June 2023 alone, according to USDA data.

When will Calfresh benefits be deposited in California for October 2023

California Food Stamps Payment Schedule for October 2023

In the state of California, each county distributes SNAP benefits to those who qualify.

In addition, there is no single date on which all SNAP benefits are issued.

Instead, in all counties, benefits are sent out over the first 10 days of every month, based on the last digit of your case number.

See below for the CalFresh payment schedule for California for October 2023.

If your Case Number ends in: Your CalFresh Benefits are available on:
1 Sunday, October 1
2 Monday, October 2
3 Tuesday, October 3
4 Wednesday, October 4
5 Thursday, October 5
6 Friday, October 6
7 Saturday, October 7
8 Sunday, October 8
9 Monday, October 9
0 Tuesday, October 10

California EBT Cash Benefit Schedule for 2023

When your Cash Assistance benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your case number.

Benefits are available on Weekends and Holidays.

Any remaining balance on your EBT card is added to the next month’s balance.

Here is the schedule of payment based on the last digit of your case number:

If your Case Number ends in: Your CalFresh Benefits are available on:
1, 2, 3 Sunday, October 1
4, 5, 6, 7 Monday, October 2
8, 9, 0 Tuesday, October 3

How much will I get in California Food Stamps?

The chart below shows the maximum SNAP benefits you can get based on the number of people in your household.

To calculate the exact amount you are likely to get based on your household income, see our post on California SNAP Calculator.

CalFresh Maximum Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2024
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: Add $219

Food Stamps: October Benefits for California Recipients

All SNAP households should receive their October benefits according to schedule.

If you did not receive your food stamps on schedule, call the SNAP office to find out why.

You can use your CalFresh benefits to shop online, including on Amazon and Walmart.

Additionally, you can use CalFresh benefits to purchase produce at farmers’ markets, including markets that offer double bucks.

Updated CalFresh Income Limits for 2024

Each year, the USDA is responsible for setting the Income Eligibility Standards for SNAP.

These standards are then used to perform an income test on all households that apply for food stamp benefits.

The income test is required for all households, unless your household is already receiving cash assistance benefits from the federal government or your state.

The CalFresh Income Limit for 2023-2024 is based on your household’s total income and size.

Here’s the new 2024 increase in CalFresh Income Limit requirements.

CalFresh Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Monthly Gross Income
(200% of FPL)
Monthly Gross Income
(130% of FPL)
Monthly Net Income
(100% of FPL)
1 $2,430 $1,580 $1,215
2 $3,288 $2,137 $1,644
3 $4,144 $2,694 $2,072
4 $5,000 $3,250 $2,500
5 $5,858 $3,808 $2,929
6 $6,714 $4,364 $3,357
7 $7,570 $4,921 $3,785
8 $8,428 $5,478 $4,214
Each Additional Household Member: Add $858 $558 $429

California SSI Recipients can get CalFresh

Beginning Summer of 2019, those receiving SSI/SSP are eligible for CalFresh, provided they meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can get CalFresh benefits. There is no change or reduction to SSI/SSP payments.

CalFresh benefits for one person range between $20 to $250. Benefits are based on your household size, income, and monthly expenses.

How to Double CalFresh Benefits with Market Match

Market Match is a nutrition incentive program offered at 130 farmers’ markets across the state of California.

The program doubles customers’ buying power when they spend their CalFresh EBT benefits at participating markets.

Market Match supports local farms and helps low-income shoppers afford more locally grown fruits and vegetables.

How to get Market Match Dollars

Getting market match dollars is easy.

Simply visit the market info booth, where staff will swipe your EBT card for the amount you choose.

Then the market manager provides $1 wooden tokens that can be used like cash at the farmers’ stalls to purchase many foods, plus seeds/plants that produce food in a garden.

With Market Match, you will also receive a bonus of free Market Match dollar tokens on top of that, to stretch your CalFresh dollars further.

This bonus matching benefit is available once per market day, all season long as funds permit.

California P-EBT 4.0 Eligibility

P-EBT 4.0 marks the final version of the program after the expiration of the federal Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023.

The distribution of P-EBT cards is expected to take place from August through October 2023.

Let’s delve into the eligibility criteria for young children under the age of 6 and school-age children.

Young Children Under Age 6:

For young children under the age of 6 to be eligible for P-EBT 4.0, two conditions must be met:

  1. They were under the age of 6 as of August 1, 2022.
  2. They received CalFresh food benefits at least once from August 2022 through May 2023.

Young children who meet these criteria will receive up to $36 per month for each month they received CalFresh food benefits during the 2022-23 school year.

School-Age Children:

Eligibility requirements for school-age children vary depending on the type of school they attend.

NSLP/SBP Participating Schools:

Students eligible for automatic School Year (SY) 2022-23 P-EBT benefits:

    1. Those who attended a public school participating in NSLP or SBP, without the need for an application.
    2. Students determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals through various means in SY 2022-23.
    3. Students who attended schools participating in Provision 2 or the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), regardless of individual student eligibility.
    4. Students meeting Independent Study (IS) criteria, such as having excused absences for five or more school days in a month or being eligible for P-EBT in SY 2021-22 and continued attending school through IS for five or more days in a month in SY 2022-23.

Non-NSLP/SBP Participating Schools:

For students attending schools that do not participate in NSLP or SBP, including private and nonpublic participating schools, private virtual schools, virtual schools outside of NSLP or SBP, and homeschool children, an application is required to determine eligibility.

The application period is open from July 21, 2023, to August 15, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply for P-EBT, families need to gather specific eligibility information and documentation and complete an application on the website

Eligibility Documentation Requirements for Non-NSLP/SBP School Attendees:

Documentation required for students aged 6 to 22, homeschooled or enrolled in a private virtual school during SY 2022-23:

    1. Homeschool students: Valid private homeschool affidavit number.
    2. Private virtual school students: Proof of enrollment in a California Department of Education (CDE) registered private school with a County District School code (CDS code).
    3. Students must have left enrollment from an NSLP/SBP participating school after January 27, 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns. Parents and guardians must attest to this during the application process.

California Food Stamps Payment Schedule for October Summary

Here’s the bottom line about the California Food Stamps Payment Schedule for October 2023:

SNAP households in all counties in California should have their SNAP deposits between October 1st – October 10th.

Want to know when you will receive your benefits for November? Get the Calfresh Food Stamps Deposit Schedule for November 2023 here.


We hope this post on the California SNAP Payment Schedule for October was helpful.

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

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