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Extra Food Stamps for California – June 2022

Will California food stamps recipients receive extra CalFresh benefits for June? The extra food stamps for California for June 2022 are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program. If you want to know how much extra CalFresh benefits you can expect in March and when you’ll receive them, continue reading below.

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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 – June 2022
  • 30% of People Eligible are not using CalFresh
  • Can Undocumented Immigrants Get CalFresh?
  • Who qualifies for CalFresh for College students?

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.

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 CalFresh Minimum & Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $20-$250
2 $20-$459
3 $20-$658
4 $20-$835
5 $20-$992
6 $20-$1,190
7 $20-$1,316
8 $20-$1,504
Each Additional Member: +$188

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 – June 2022

To find out when you can expect to receive your Emergency Allotment EA benefits on your California SNAP EBT Card for June 2022, see below.

When will I receive my extra food stamp benefits for June 2022?

California has been approved for emergency allotments for the month of June 2022.

June Extra CalFresh benefits will be issued on July 16 or 23 2022.

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

Extra food stamps benefits for May will be paid on June 11 or 18 2022. 

However, if you did not receive your benefits in June, the next round of May payments will be issued on July 16 or 23 2022.

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

Extra food stamps benefits for April were paid on May 14 or 21, 2022.

However, if you did not receive your benefits on May 14 or 21, 2022, the next round of April payments will be issued on June 11 or 18 2022.

Also, if your April payment did not come on June 11 or 18 2022, then the last opportunity to receive your payment for April is on July 16 or 23 2022.

Is California issuing extra SNAP benefits in July 2022?

Yes. California has requested and been approved by the USDA to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of June 2022.

This is because the Biden administration recently extended the national Covid public health emergency for another 90 days.

With this extension, the federal declaration will end in July, unless it is extended again.

As a result, states that still have COVID-19 emergency declarations can continue to issue extra SNAP benefits through July as long as the federal mandate is in place.

In addition, the Biden administration has promised to give states a 60-day notice before the declaration is ended.

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

Furthermore, 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 September, 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 September, 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 2022

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 2020-2022.

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 May 16
March April 18 May 16 June 13
April May 16 June 13 July 18
May June 13 July 18 August 8
June July 18 August 8 September 11
July August 8 September 11 October 23
August September 11 October 24 November 14
September October 24 November 14 December 12
October November 14 December 12 January 16
November December 12 January 16 February 26
December January 16 February 26 March 19 & 26
2022
January February 26 March 19 & 26 April 16
February March 19 & 26 April 16 May 14 & 21
March April 16 May 14 & 21 June 11 & 18
April May 14 & 21 June 11 & 18 July 16 & 23
May June 11 & 18 July 16 & 23 TBD
June July 16 & 23 TBD TBD

30% of People Eligible are not using CalFresh

The percentage of Californians eligible for CalFresh that have applied is lower than the national average.

According to data provided by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 70 percent of eligible Californians are actually benefiting from SNAP, compared to 82 percent nationally.

This is one of the lowest rates in the United States, putting California in 46th place among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For working poor and elderly Californians, participation is even lower, estimated at 59 percent and 19 percent respectively.

Who qualifies for CalFresh?

In general, CalFresh is for individuals and families with limited incomes.

The best way for someone to find out if they qualify is to apply.

You can apply for CalFresh by visiting GetCalFresh.org.

Additionally, you can call (877) 847-3663 (FOOD) or visit your local Social Services Department office.

Can Undocumented Immigrants Get CalFresh?

No. Only certain categories of documented immigrants can get SNAP benefits or CalFresh.

While about forty-five percent of undocumented immigrants in California are affected by food insecurity, there are few options for food assistance.

Both the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—known in California as CalFreshand the state-funded California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) exclude undocumented immigrants.

What is the New CalFresh Income Limit for 2021/2022?

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.

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

Number of People in Household Maximum Monthly Gross Income Allowed – 200% Federal Poverty Level Maximum Monthly Net Income Allowed – 100% Federal Poverty Level
1 $2,148 $1,074
2 $2,904 $1,452
3 $3,660 $1,830
4 $4,418 $2,209
5 $5,174 $2,587
6 $5,930 $2,965
7 $6,688 $3,344
8 $7,444 $3,722
​9 $8,202 $4,101
​10 $8,960 $4,480
Each additional member +$758 +$379

Who qualifies for CalFresh for College students?

Here are the eligibility requirements for CalFresh for students:

1. Meet Citizenship Requirements

To be eligible for CalFresh as a student, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Residence (PLR).

2. Fulfill at least ONE Student Requirement

If you are a student between the ages of 18 and 49, and are enrolled at least half-time, you must meet any one of the following criteria in order to be potentially eligible for CalFresh:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week and getting paid for it
  • Approved for some kinds of work-study programs
  • Participating in an on-the-job training program
  • Exerting parental control over a child under age 6
  • Exerting parental control over a child between age 6 and 12, and no childcare services are available
  • Receiving CalWORKS benefits
  • Exerting parental control over a child under age 12 and are a single parent attending school full time
  • Participating in the Educational Opportunity Program, College Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program, UC McNair, Puente Project, or Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program

3. Meet CalFresh Student Income Eligibility

The income limit you must meet to qualify for CalFresh depends on your household size.

Unless you are living with a spouse or your kids, your household size is 1.

Extra Food Stamps for California – June 2022 Summary

Here’s the bottom line about Extra Food Stamps for California – June 2022:

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.

Extra CalFresh benefits for June 2022 will be paid on July 16 or 23 2022.

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

Therefore, it is possible that your extra benefit for June may be issued in August 2022, or September 2022.

Also, if you did not receive your May extra benefit in June, the next round of May payments will be issued on July 16 or 23 2022, as well.

Questions?

We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps for California – June 2022 was helpful.

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

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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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