Expanding CalFresh to Seniors and People with Disabilities Receiving SSI in Summer 2019

Assembly Bill 1811, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 Human Services Omnibus Trailer Bill, reverses the CalFresh eligibility policy known as “cash-out” under which Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/ State Supplemental Payment (SSP) recipients are ineligible for CalFresh.  In addition, AB 1811 creates the SSI/SSP Cash-In Supplemental Nutrition Benefit (SNB) Program and the SSI/SSP Cash-In Transitional Nutrition Benefit (TNB) Program, and augments the grant amount for the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).

Beginning Summer of 2019, individuals receiving or authorized to receive SSI/SSP are eligible for CalFresh, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.  Additionally, at that time, current CalFresh households negatively affected by the policy change may be eligible for SNB and TNB Program benefits.

Over the next year, the CDSS, counties and stakeholders will be involved in an intensive implementation planning process, including policy, customer experience, and outreach plan development. CDSS will post implementation related meetings, webinars and materials, as well as regular implementation updates, to this webpage in an effort to provide all interested partners the latest information on progress made toward implementation.

CalFresh & SSI Outreach Campaign Kick-Off

Date:  Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Location:  The California Endowment, 1414 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA  95814

  • Register to attend IN-PERSON
  • Register to attend via Livestream
  • DIAL IN ONLY:  929-436-2866; Access Code:  537-863-737

Upcoming Implementation Meetings

Expanding CalFresh to SSI Recipients All Stakeholder Implementation Meeting #6
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Location: CDSS, 744 P St, Sacramento, CA  95814; OB 8, Room 0235/0237
  • Register to attend via WEBINAR
  • Register to attend IN-PERSON 
  • DIAL IN ONLY:  1-914-614-3221; Access Code:  822-177-985

Implementation Updates and Materials



Expanding CalFresh to SSI Recipients Advisory & Work Groups:

All Stakeholder Implementation Advisory Group


Outreach Advisory Group


Customer Experience Advisory Group


Data Technical Work Group

Quick Links

Advisory Group Meeting Archives
Policy Guidance



Want to Become a Partner?

Include "Partner" in subject line, and organization name and point of contact in body of email.

Email:  CalFreshSSI@dss.ca.gov


Want to Apply?

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CalFresh Media Clips

San Francisco Examiner
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