Applications for CalFresh food benefits are coming in at record high levels, due to the high need for food assistance by SSI recipients and the effective outreach by many partners.  County data are showing two times as many total CalFresh applications received in the month of June 2019 compared to the month of June 2018!  As a result, counties are "all hands on deck" to process these new applications, including the required interviews, in compliance with the 30-day time frame to determine eligibility for most applications, and 3-day time frame for those qualifying for expedited services.  Counties are communicating with clients on next steps with their individual applications.  Clients are reminded that, once determined eligible by county, CalFresh benefits will be granted back to original date of application (not approval).  More updates will be provided by CDSS via our June Implementation Update; the CalFresh Data Dashboard posting of June data, beginning in later July; and the next All Stakeholders Meeting #7, on July 23.

Expanding CalFresh to SSI/SSP Recipients Beginning June 1, 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.

Upcoming Implementation Meetings

Expanding CalFresh to SSI Recipients All Stakeholder Implementation Meeting #8
Date:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019  |  Time:  1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:  CDSS, 744 P St, Sacramento, CA  95814; OB8, Room 235/237
  • Register to attend via WEBINAR
  • Register to attend IN-PERSON 
  • DIAL IN ONLY:  1-213-929-4232; Access Code:  113-945-203

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