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Extra Food Stamps for California – October 2022

Will California food stamps recipients receive extra CalFresh benefits for October? The extra food stamps for California for October 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.

Alert: See below for when the $1,050 California Inflation Relief Checks will be mailed.

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 – October 2022
  • Can Undocumented Immigrants get CalFresh?
  • Who is eligible for the $1,050 California Inflation Relief Checks?

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

Maximum SNAP 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

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 – October 2022

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

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

California has requested and been approved to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of October 2022.

October Extra CalFresh benefits will be issued on Saturday, November 19, or Saturday, November 26, 2022. 

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

Extra food stamps benefits for September will be paid on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

However, if you did not receive your benefits in October, the next round of September payments will be issued on Saturday, November 19, or Saturday, November 26, 2022. 

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

Extra food stamps benefits for August were paid on Saturday, September 3, or Friday, September 9, 2022

However, if you did not receive your benefits on Saturday, September 3, or Friday, September 9, 2022, the next round of August payments will be issued on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Also, if your August payment did not come on Saturday, October 15, 2022, then the last opportunity to receive your payment for August is on Saturday, November 19, or Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Is California issuing extra SNAP benefits in November 2022?

Yes. California has requested and been approved by the USDA to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of November 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 October, unless it is extended again.

As a result, states that still have COVID-19 emergency declarations can continue to issue extra SNAP benefits through October 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
2022
October 2022 November 19 & 26 TBD TBD
September 2022 October 15 November 19 & 26 TBD
August 2022 September 3 & 9 October 15 November 19 & 26
July 2022 August 14 & 21 September 3 & 9 October 15
June 2022 July 16 & 23 August 14 & 21 September 3 & 9
May 2022 June 11 & 18 July 16 & 23 August 14 & 21
April 2022 May 14 & 21 June 11 & 18 July 16 & 23
March 2022 April 16 May 14 & 21 June 11 & 18
February 2022 March 19 & 26 April 16 May 14 & 21
January 2022 February 26 March 19 & 26 April 16
2021
December January 16 February 26 March 19 & 26
November December 12 January 16 February 26
October November 14 December 12 January 16
September October 24 November 14 December 12
August September 11 October 24 November 14
July August 8 September 11 October 23
June July 18 August 8 September 11
May June 13 July 18 August 8
April May 16 June 13 July 18
March April 18 May 16 June 13
February March 7 April 18 May 16
January February 14 March 7 April 18
2020
December January 10 February 14 March 7
November December 20 January 10 February 14
October November 15 December 20 January 10
September October 18 November 15 December 20
August September 13 October 18 November 15
July August 16 September 13 October 18
June July 12 August 16 September 13
May June 14 July 12 August 16
April May 10 June 14 July 12
March April 12 May 10 June 14

What is the New CalFresh Income Limit for 2022/2023?

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.

California SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Gross Income (200% of FPL) Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $2,265 $1,133
2 $3,052 $1,526
3 $3,839 $1,920
4 $4,625 $2,313
5 $5,412 $2,706
6 $6,199 $3,100
7 $6,985 $3,493
8 $7,772 $3,886
Each Additional Household Member: Add $787 $394

Can Undocumented Immigrants get CalFresh?

California will soon become the first state in the nation to extend food assistance benefits to some undocumented immigrants.

recent budget bill the state legislature passed includes a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow immigrants age 55 and older who are currently shut out of food stamps programs to receive food assistance benefits.

The expansion will occur in the California Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, a state-funded version of food stamps that helps income-qualified immigrants who are not eligible for the federally-funded CalFresh program.

Inflation Relief Checks are coming for Millions of Californians – worth up to $1,050

According to CNBC, more than half of California’s residents may soon receive a stimulus check from the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has announced.

This is part of an inflation relief package worth $17 billion.

It is estimated that 23 million Californians will receive payments, totaling up to $1,050 for joint filers with at least one dependent.

Payments will be mailed this fall.

Who is Eligible for Inflation Relief Check?

Eligibility for the inflation relief check will depend on how much money each California resident earns, as well as how many dependents they have.

To be eligible, you must fall into one of the three income tiers for either single or joint tax filers.

Here are the income tiers for single and joint filers and how much each tier could receive.

Single tax filers will receive:

$350 if they earn less than $75,000 per year
$250 if they earn between $75,001 and $125,000 per year
$200 if they earn between $125,001 and $250,000 per year

Joint tax filers will receive:

$700 if they earn less than $150,000 per year
$500 if they earn between $150,001 and $250,000 per year
$400 if they earn between $250,001 and $500,000 per year

However, if either single or joint filers have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional amount of either $350, $250, or $200, based on their tier.

Importance of CalFresh Benefits

Here is data about CalFresh from The Public Policy Institute of California.

About 4.8 million Californians—one in eight—participate each month in CalFresh.

Additionally, about 6.5 million Californians are eligible for CalFresh, according to the California Department of Social Services 2022.

Also, roughly half of California’s young children participate in CalFresh by the time they turn six.

In California, families are eligible for CalFresh when their incomes fall under the federal poverty line ($27,750 in 2022 for a family of four).

Furthermore, as of January 2022, the average monthly benefit per participant was $262.

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Extra Food Stamps for California – October 2022 Summary

Here’s the bottom line about Extra Food Stamps for California – October 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 October 2022 will be paid on Saturday, November 19, or Saturday, November 26, 2022.

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

Therefore, it is possible that your extra benefit for October may be issued in December 2022, or January 2023.

Also, if you did not receive your September extra benefit in October, the next round of September payments will be issued on Saturday, November 19, or Saturday, November 26, 2022, as well.

Questions?

We hope this post on Extra Food Stamps for California – October 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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