CalFresh Pandemic SNAP

Extra Food Stamps for California – January 2021

(Last updated on 6/5/21)

Will California food stamps recipients receive extra CalFresh benefits for January? The state of California was approved by the USDA for extra SNAP EBT maximum benefits in January. The extra food stamps for California for January 2021 are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program.

This means that 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 January 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 – January 2021
  • P-EBT for School Lunch Update

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.

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 Benefit – Fiscal Year 2021 Temporary 15% increase 1/1/21-9/30/21
1 $204 $234
2 $374 $430
3 $535 $616
4 $680 $782
5 $807 $929
6 $969 $1,114
7 $1,071 $1,232
8 $1,224 $1,408
Each additional person +$153 +$176

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.

Extra Food Stamps for California – January 2021

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

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

California has been approved for emergency allotments for the month of January 2021.

January Extra CalFresh benefits will be issued on February 14th, 2021.

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

Extra food stamps benefits were paid on January 10th, 2021.

However, if you did not receive your benefits on January 10th, the next round of December payments will be issued on February 14th, 2021.

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

Extra food stamps benefits were paid on December 20th, 2020.

However, if you did not receive your benefits on December 20th, the next round of December payments will be issued on January 10th, 2021.

Also, if your November payment did not come in on January 10th, 2021, then the last opportunity to receive your payment for November is February 14th, 2021.

Is California issuing extra SNAP benefits in February 2021?

Yes. California has requested and been approved by the USDA to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of February 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 January, 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 January, 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.

I did not receive my Extra CalFresh Benefits for October – December. What should I do?

If you have not received the CalFresh Emergency Allotments for your household for the months of October. November, or December, you will be receiving emergency allotment benefits on January 10, 2021.

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 January 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

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:

However, 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.

Also, 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.

Extra Food Stamps for California – January 2021 Summary

Here’s the bottom line:

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.

Also, extra CalFresh benefits for January 2021 will be paid on February 14th.

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

Therefore, it is possible that your extra benefit for January may be issued in February, March, or April 2021.

Questions?

We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps for California for January 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?

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