Extra Food Stamps for California – April 2021

Will California food stamps recipients receive extra CalFresh benefits for April? The state of California was not yet been approved by the USDA for extra SNAP EBT maximum benefits in April. The extra food stamps for California for April 2021 are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program.

If the request is approved, CalFresh benefits recipients in California will get extra food stamp benefits for the month. CalFresh EBT cardholders will receive the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

If you want to know how much in extra CalFresh benefits you can expect in April and when you’ll receive them, continue reading below.

In this article, we will cover:

  • What are Emergency Allotment benefits?
  • Who qualifies for extra SNAP benefits?
  • How much in extra food stamps will I receive?
  • When you’ll receive your Extra Food Stamps in California
  • Extra Food Stamps for California – April 2021
  • P-EBT for School Lunch Update
  • $600 State of California Stimulus Checks for low Income

"April 2021 Extra Food Stamps in California"

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 the 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.

EA benefits are part of the Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also know as P-SNAP.

What is Pandemic SNAP or P-SNAP?

Pandemic Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (P-SNAP) will allow all households currently eligible for SNAP to receive the maximum amount for their household size during the COVID pandemic.

Congress authorized P-SNAP in response to COVID-19.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers P-SNAP nationwide.

The FNS approved a waiver allowing the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to issue extra SNAP benefits under P-SNAP.

These extra benefits will over the difference between previously issued benefits and additional funds allowed under P-SNAP.

To find out what households qualify to receive Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits during the Coronavirus pandemic, continue reading below.

"California Emergency Allotment (EA) Benefits"

Emergency Allotment Benefits Eligibility

If you are trying to find out if you are eligible to receive extra CalFresh benefits in California, we can help.

To find out who qualifies for extra food stamps benefits, continue reading below.

Who qualifies for extra CalFresh benefits?

Any household that is currently receiving CalFresh benefits qualifies for extra food stamp Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits.

There is no extra paperwork to turn in to get the extra CalFresh benefits.

It will simply be added to your EBT card, and you’ll be able to use it just like regular CalFresh.

In addition, any household that is approved for SNAP EBT in a month when EA benefits are issued, will also qualify to receive extra food stamp benefits.

To find out how much you can expect to receive in extra SNAP benefits, continue reading below.

How much in extra food stamps will I receive?

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.

For help, check out our example on how to calculate your Emergency Allotment benefits below:

Emergency Allotment Benefits Calculator

The formula to calculate how much in extra CalFresh you will receive through Emergency Allotment (EA) benefits is provided below.

Maximum Monthly Benefit Allotment for Household Size – Current Monthly CalFresh Benefits = Total Extra Allotment CalFresh benefits

Example:

If you live in a household of 3 people and are currently receiving $400 in CalFresh benefits per month, then you will receive $135 in extra food stamp benefits.

That’s because the maximum allotment amount for a household of three is $535 per month.

To find out the maximum SNAP benefit allotment for your household size, check out the table below.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment by Household Size

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

The 2021 maximum SNAP allotments for the District of Columbia and all states other than Alaska and Hawaii are as follows:

Household Size Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $204
2 $374
3 $535
4 $680
5 $807
6 $969
7 $1,071
8 $1,224
Each additional person $153

When you’ll receive Extra SNAP Benefits in California

All households with active CalFresh cases in the benefit month will receive the maximum amount of benefits for their household size.

Emergency Allotments are approved on a rolling basis and issued by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

The Emergency Allotment for a benefit month is issued in the middle of the next month.

For example, when you get the extra benefit in mid-December, it’s technically for the month of November.

If you do not receive your Emergency Allotment benefits, please contact your SNAP caseworker at your local CDSS office.

However, before you call your caseworker, make sure you have reviewed the payment schedule below to see all three issuance dates for extra benefit for the month you are missing.

To find the CDSS office near you, click here.

To find out when you can expect to receive your extra California SNAP benefits for this month, continue reading below.

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Extra Food Stamps for California – April 2021

To find out when you can expect to receive your Emergency Allotment EA benefits on your California SNAP EBT Card for April 2021, see below.

When will I receive my extra food stamp benefits for April 2021?

California has not yet been approved for emergency allotments for the month of April 2021.

We will provide an update as soon as the Extra allotment benefits for April are announced. 

I did not receive Extra Food Stamps in March. What Can I Do?

Extra food stamps benefits will be paid on April 18th, 2021.

I still have not received my Extra Food Stamps for February. What Can I Do?

Extra food stamps benefits were paid on March 7th, 2021.

However, if you did not receive your benefits on March 7th, the next round of February payments will be issued on April 18th, 2021.

Is California issuing extra SNAP benefits in May 2021?

Yes. California has requested and been approved by the USDA to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of May 2021.

Each eligible household will only receive one emergency allotment per benefit month that emergency allotments are approved.

However, California runs three issuances for each approved emergency allotment for a given month.

This is done to ensure that all eligible households receive an emergency allotment for each benefit month that emergency allotments are approved.

Therefore, if you did not get the benefit on the first issuance date for a particular month, it means it may be sent on the second issuance date.

Furthermore, if you did not get the benefit for a particular month on the first or second issuance date, it means you will receive that benefit on the third issuance date for that month.

Are new California SNAP recipients eligible for extra food stamp benefits?

Yes, if your CalFresh application is approved during the month of April, P-SNAP benefits will be issued at the time of approval.

How do I check to see if I received my extra SNAP benefits?

To find out if you have received your extra SNAP EBT benefits for April, check your CalFresh EBT Card balance.

The Emergency Allotment benefits will be automatically deposited to your card EBT Card on your scheduled date.

Click here to find out how to check your CalFresh EBT Card balance.

CalFresh Emergency Allotment Payment Schedule for 2020 – and 2021

Here’s how to read the Emergency Allotment Payment Schedule Below:

As mentioned above, each eligible household will only receive one emergency allotment per benefit month that emergency allotments are approved.

However, California runs three issuances for each approved emergency allotment for a given month.

Therefore, if you did not get the benefit on the first issuance date for a particular month, it means it may be sent on the second issuance date.

Furthermore, if you did not get the benefit for a particular month on the first or second issuance date, it means you will receive that benefit on the third issuance date for that month.

It is therefore possible that your extra benefit for a particular month may be issued the following month, two months after, or three months after.

Here’s the CalFresh Emergency Allotment Issuance Schedule for 2020-2021 as of April 2021.

Benefit Month First Issuance Second Issuance Third Issuance
2020
March April 12 May 10 June 14
April May 10 June 14 July 12
May June 14 July 12 August 16
June July 12 August 16 September 13
July August 16 September 13 October 18
August September 13 October 18 November 15
September October 18 November 15 December 20
October November 15 December 20 January 10
November December 20 January 10 February 14
December January 10 February 14 March 7
2021
January February 14 March 7 April 18
February March 7 April 18 TBD
March April 18 TBD TBD
April TBD TBD TBD

15% Temporary Increase in Food Stamps

From January 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, all CalFresh benefits are being increased by 15%.

This is part of the American Rescue Plan stimulus package, which extended the 15% increase through September 2021.

According to the USDA, “The 15 percent increase in SNAP benefits will provide about $28 more per person, per month, or more than $100 more per month for a household of four, in additional SNAP benefits.

In California, the increase for January 2021 was issued as a supplement on February 7.

P-EBT for School Lunch Update

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), California children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).

Here an update about where things stand with the California P-EBT Program, including how long kids can expect P-EBT benefits in 2021.

Phase 1

Due to COVID-19, beginning in spring 2020, California children in a K-12 school, who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals, were able to get extra food benefits called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

The first round of P-EBT provided benefits to eligible schoolchildren for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020.

Phase 2

The California P-EBT was approved to provide additional benefits, to children who already received P-EBT benefits.

This extension covered the months of August and September.

To qualify for this extension:

Children must have previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year;

Are attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year; and

Are assumed to be attending school virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

The state of California California began mailing new P-EBT cards on Monday, October 26, 2020, directly to families that previously received P-EBT over the summer of 2020.

The state continued to mail cards through the end of December 2020.

Families that previously received P-EBT benefits do not need to apply to receive P-EBT extension benefits.

Phase 3

California has been approved to issue P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This is called P-EBT 2.0.

The state is currently working on the details of this program and will be issuing guidance on eligibility and payment amount soon.

For more on this, see our post on California P-EBT Extension – 2020/2021 School Year.

For Frequently asked questions about the P-EBT program, click here.

The Biden Administration Increases P-EBT Benefits

As of January 22, 2021, the Biden Administration passed a law to increase Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits by 15% to help fight childhood hunger.

Previously, the P-EBT program was capped at $5.86 per child per school day.

In addition, many households have had issues claiming their P-EBT benefits.

The 15% increase to the P-EBT Program will tackle the problem of food insecurity among children during the school year.

$600 State of California Stimulus Checks for low Income

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California state legislature announced a $9.6 billion spending deal in February to help those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill includes $600 stimulus checks for low-income individuals and more housing assistance for farmworkers infected by the coronavirus.

California legislators voted to pass $600 one-time payments to households receiving the state’s earned income tax credit.

In addition, the bill includes an extra $600 for undocumented taxpayers earning less than $75,000 who were ineligible for previous federal stimulus payments and other assistance for low-income residents.

The stimulus is called the “Golden State Stimulus”.

Who is Eligible for a $600 Golden State Stimulus?

Here are the groups of California residents who qualify for the Golden State Stimulus:

First, California residents who qualify for the state Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2020 tax returns are eligible.

Generally, California tax filers who earn less than $30,000 a year are eligible for that credit.

Second, California households enrolled in the CalWORKS program also Qualify.

CalWORKS is a state welfare program that provides temporary cash assistance for food, housing and other needs to low-income families with children under 18, where the parents are unemployed, deceased or disabled.

The $600 grant payments for CalWORKS households are expected by mid-April.

Third, recipients of SSI/SSP and the state’s Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) also qualify.

Lastly, undocumented immigrants who live in households that earn less than $75,000 a year also qualify.

Until this year, the state Earned Income Tax Credit has been eligible only to people with Social Security numbers.

Extra Food Stamps for California – April 2021 Summary

Here’s the bottom line about Extra Food Stamps for California – April 2021:

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

Each eligible household will only receive one emergency allotment per benefit month that emergency allotments are approved.

California has not yet been approved for emergency allotments for the month of April 2021.

We will provide an update as soon as the Extra allotment benefits for April are announced. 

Questions?

We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps for California for April 2021 was helpful.

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

Be sure to check out our other articles about CalFresh and CalFresh EBT, including:
Restaurants that Take CalFresh in California
How to Apply for California P-EBT
California P-EBT Extension for 2020/2021
CalFresh Account Login Help
How much will I get in CalFresh in 2021?
January Extra Food Stamps Schedule
February Extra Food Stamps Schedule