CalFresh Outreach

Statewide Disaster Response

Public Health Emergency (PHE)

With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency(opens in new window), federal authority allowed several temporary flexibilities for CalFresh. These flexibilities made it easier to apply for and maintain CalFresh benefits in addition to boosting benefit levels for all CalFresh households:

Emergency Allotments (EA)

Starting in March 2020, CalFresh households automatically received supplemental issuances that increased their monthly benefits to the maximum level for their household size through “Emergency Allotments(opens in new window).” With the passing of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023(opens in new window), Emergency Allotments ended in February 2023.

Waivers (PDF)

Temporary Student Exemptions (PDF)

College students (individuals who are within the age range of 18-49; physically and mentally fit for employment; and enrolled at least half-time at an institution of higher education) are not eligible for CalFresh unless they meet an “exemption.” With the Public Health Emergency (PHE), states were able to temporarily expand CalFresh exemptions for college students to include those who are eligible to work study or have a "$0 Expected Family Contribution” (EFC) as determined by CSAC. With the lift of the PHE on May 11, 2023(opens in new window), these temporary exemptions are no longer applicable to college students who are newly applying for CalFresh as of June 10, 2023.

Student Eligibility 

Students can still be eligible for CalFresh even though the PHE has ended. There are additional exemptions that may apply to students. You can learn more about the other student exemptions criteria on our Student Exemptions Page(opens in new window).

Increasing Awareness

With the end of PHE, some students have heard that CalFresh is ending for college students. This is NOT true. Download the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Awareness Flier (PDF) to share with students to help debunk this myth and provide better understanding of Student Exemptions.

Disaster Response

Find information about Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh), replacement food loss waiver, mass replacement of food loss in large impacted zip code areas, Presidential Major Disaster Declarations, and other disaster response on the CDSS CalFresh Disaster Response Webpage(opens in new window).  


Please reach out to the Support Desk(opens in new window) if you have questions about the information above.