Disaster CalFresh

This page includes information to assist County Welfare Departments with the implementation of Disaster CalFresh.  If you are an individual who has been impacted by a recent disaster and needs food assistance or more information on Disaster CalFresh, please visit this page to learn more: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disastercalfresh

CURRENT RESPONSE:     July 2018 Wildfire Disaster and Emergency Response

    • Waivers

August 2018 Wildfires Disaster and Emergency Response

D-SNAP - California - Lake County - Approval (August 20, 2018)

CA Waiver to Allow the Purchase of Hot Foods with SNAP Benefits (August 16, 2018)

D-SNAP - California - Shasta County - Approval (August 15, 2018)

CA Mass Replacement Waiver Shasta-Lake-Mendocino (August 6, 2018)

July 2018 Wildfires Disaster and Emergency Response

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Trinity County (August 08, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Riverside County (August 06, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Mendocino and Lake County (July 31, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Shasta County (July 28, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Mariposa County (July 25, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Siskiyou County (July 13, 2018)

    • Forms and Templates  

CF-385 Application for Disaster CalFresh (English) (Spanish) (Hmong)

Notice of Approval/Denial for Disaster CalFresh 

Replacement Affidavit/Authorization

    • Webinars    

Disaster CalFresh: Operations Webinar October 23, 2017

Disaster CalFresh:  Operations Webinar Slides October 23, 2017

Disaster CalFresh: Policy Webinar October 23, 2017

Disaster CalFresh:  Policy Webinar Slides October 23, 2017

Wildfire Response CalFresh and CalWORKs October 16, 2017 Webinar Slides

Wildfire Response CalFresh and CalWORKs October 16, 2017 Webinar Q&A

D-SNAP State Training Webinar PowerPoint

    • Outreach Resources    

Disaster CalFresh: Outreach Webinar October 23, 2017

Disaster CalFresh:  Outreach Webinar Slides October 23, 2017

D-SNAP Civil Rights Best Practices

Shasta Disaster CalFresh Flyers (English) (Spanish) ( Hmong) (Mien) (Loa)

Lake Disaster CalFresh Flyers (English) (Spanish)

    • Integrity Resources

Fraud Warning Poster (English) (Spanish)

Duplicate Participation Poster (English) (Spanish)

 

ARCHIVED RESPONSES:

    • Waivers

June 2018 Wildfires Disaster and Emergency Response

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Lake County (June 29, 2018)

December 2017 Wildfires Disaster and Emergency Response

Approval to Issue Automated Mass Replacements in Ventura County December 21, 2017

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Four Counties in Southern California (December 13, 2017)

October 2017 Wildfires Disaster and Emergency Response

Waiver to Allow the Purchase of Hot Foods with CalFresh Benefits 10/17/2017 

Waiver to Issue Automatic Mass Replacement Benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture 10/14/2017 Sonoma County

Waiver to Issue Automatic Mass Replacement Benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture 10/14/2017 Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, and Yuba Counties

Waiver of Timely Reporting Requirement to State for Household Replacement of Benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture 10/13/2017

    • Letters

CalFresh New Application Processing & Continuing Case Service for People Displaced by California Disasters: All County Welfare Directors Letter December 19, 2017

Approval to Operate Disaster CalFresh: All County Welfare Directors Letter 10/23/2017

Disaster CalFresh Approval Letter 7 Counties October 20, 2017

Displaced People’s Access to CalFresh Services Statewide:All County Welfare Directors Letter 10/13/2017

Displaced People’s Access to CalWORKS Services Statewide:All County Welfare Directors Letter 10/13/2017

Claiming Administrative Activities During a Disaster and Emergency Response: County Fiscal Letter (CFL) 17/18-31 dated 10/13/2017

    • Additional Resources

California Office of Emergency Services October Wildfires Resources and Information

D-CalFresh General Eligibility Cheat Sheet

D-SNAP Site Visit Review Checklist

FNS D-SNAP Handbook

California 211 

California EBT Card 

California Association of Food Banks

 

What Is Disaster CalFresh?

Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh), federally known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), is a way to meet the temporary nutritional needs of disaster victims within a 30-day period, following a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, earthquake or any other natural disaster. D-CalFresh provides a month's worth of benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to purchase food at authorized retail stores.  D-CalFresh is only available when all of the following elements occur: 

  • A Presidential Declaration for Individual Assistance has been declared in the affected area;
  • Commercial channels of food distribution have been disrupted and those commercial channels have been restored; and
  • The State of California has been approved to operate a D-CalFresh program. 

The 58 County Welfare Departments (CWDs) administer CalFresh and in the event of a disaster administers D-CalFresh.  The affected county is responsible for submitting an application request to implement a D-CalFresh or program waivers, whichever is the most appropriate response, to CDSS for review.  CDSS will forward the application request to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for final approval. 

If you are a current CalFresh recipient affected by the disaster and you meet the household eligibility requirements listed below, please contact your local County Welfare Department for additional information on how to request supplemental disaster benefits.

If you are a new applicant affected by the disaster, meet the household eligibility requirements listed below, and you would like to apply for D-CalFresh, you can apply in person at your local County Welfare Department or other designated D-CalFresh application site.

In order to qualify for a temporary disaster benefit all disaster victims must meet the household eligibility requirements listed below.

Household Eligibility Requirements under D-CalFresh

Residency
The household must have lived in the disaster area at the time of the disaster.
In some cases, D-CalFresh approvals may include eligibility for people who worked in the disaster area.

Purchase of Food
To be eligible, households must plan on purchasing food during the disaster benefit period.

Adverse Effect
The household must have experienced one of the following adverse actions:

  • Damage to home or self-employment property
  • Disaster-related expenses
  • A disruption in income
  • Inaccessible liquid resources
  • In some cases, D-CalFresh approvals may include eligibility for households that lost food, but had no other disaster-related expenses. 

Income and Resources 
Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE), in the regular CalFresh program, wherein the CalFresh households resources are excluded when determining CalFresh eligibility does not apply in the D-CalFresh program. Income and resources must be counted in order to determine eligibility in the D-CalFresh program for households who have suffered a disaster loss.

Note: The total net (take-home) income received during the benefit period plus accessible liquid resources, minus eligible disaster-related expenses, shall not exceed the disaster gross income limit. Click to view disaster gross income limits for the period of 10/01/17 - 09/30/18.

USEFUL D-CALFRESH LINKS AND RESOURCES