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This page includes information to assist County Welfare Departments with the implementation of Disaster CalFresh and general emergency response. If you are an individual who has been impacted by a recent disaster and needs food assistance or additional information on Disaster CalFresh or general CalFresh emergency response efforts, please visit the Disaster CalFresh Page to learn more.

  • Waivers

February 2019 Disaster and Emergency Response

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Lake, Sonoma, and Mendocino County (March 4, 2019)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Shasta County (February 25, 2019)

Automatic Mass Replacement Benefits Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Shasta County (February 25, 2019)

November 2018 Fire Disaster and Emergency Response

Disaster CalFresh Approval by the United States Department of Agriculture for Butte County (November 29, 2018)

Disaster CalFresh Approval by the United States Department of Agriculture for Zip Codes in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties (November 28, 2018)

Automatic Mass Replacement Benefits Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Los Angeles and Ventura (November 21, 2018)

Disaster Household Distribution Approval by the Untied States Department of Agriculture for Butte County and Surrounding Areas (November 21, 2018)

Automatic Mass Replacement Benefits Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Butte County (November 19, 2018)

Timely Reporting of Food Loss Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles (November 16, 2018)

Hot Foods Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Butte and Neighboring Counties (December 18, 2018)

Hot Foods Waiver Approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for Butte, Ventura, Los Angeles and Neighboring Counties (November 16, 2018)

Hot Foods Retailer Notice for Butte, Ventura, Los Angeles and Neighboring Counties (November 17, 2018)

  • Outreach Resources

Disaster CalFresh: Outreach Webinar October 23, 2017

Disaster CalFresh: Outreach Webinar Slides October 23, 2017

D-SNAP Civil Rights Best Practices

  • 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

  • Integrity Resources

Fraud Warning Poster English(Spanish)

Duplicate Participation Poster English(Spanish)

Additional Resources

California Office of Emergency Services October Wildfires Resources and Information
D-CalFresh General Eligibility Cheat Sheet
D-SNAP Site Visit Review Checklist
California 211
California EBT Card
California Association of Food Banks
CalOES - The Governor's Office of Emergency Services
FNS D-SNAP Handbook
CalFresh Emergency Response Handbook

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. View the disaster gross income limits for the period of 10/01/18 - 09/30/19.

Archived Responses:

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Outreach Resources