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FAQ CalFresh Food

Common answers to overall eligibility, including income, household, student requirements, older adults, and more!

Application and Process

Application Assistance

Interview

Verifications

Expedited Service

  • What is Expedited Service?

    If a household qualifies for Expedited Service, they can get their CalFresh Food benefits in three days or less.

  • How is a household eligible for Expedited Service?
    A household must meet one of the following: 
    • Have less than $150 of gross monthly income and less than $100 of cash on hand or in their checking or savings accounts; or 
    • Housing cost (rent/mortgage and utilities) are more than their monthly gross income and cash on hand or in checking or savings accounts; or 
    • Migrant or seasonal farmworker with less than $100 in checking or savings and their income has stopped, or their income has started but they do not expect to get more than $25 in the next ten days. 

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Eligibility

Household

Income

Citizenship

Older Adults & Individuals with Disabilities

Receiving Meals/Food From Another Source

Residency

Students

Maintaining Benefits

Semi-Annual Report (SAR 7)

  • What is a SAR 7?

    A SAR 7 is a short report that most households must complete to maintain their eligibility for CalFresh Food benefits.

  • When is a SAR 7 due?
    • Most households will have to complete and submit a SAR 7 in the sixth month of receiving their benefits. 
    • For households where all adults are over 60 years old or have a disability and no earned income, a SAR 7 is due in months 6, 12, and 18. 
    • For households where all adults are over 60 years old or have a disability and earned income, a SAR 7 is due in months 12 and 24. 
  • What if the household submitted the SAR 7 report and/or verifications late?

    The household has 30 days after the report month to submit a completed SAR 7 and verifications, but their benefits for that month will be prorated, so make sure households are submitting their SAR 7’s and verifications timely. 

  • Is an interview required?

    No. The household only has to submit the report along with verifications of changes. 

Recertification (CF RE)

  • When are CalFresh Food recertifications due?
     
    • Most households must complete an annual recertification to maintain their CalFresh Food benefits. Recertification happens in the twelfth month of receiving benefits. 
    • For households where all adults are over 60 years old or have a disability and no earned income, their recertification is due in month 36. 
    • For households where all adults are over 60 years old or have a disability and earned income, their recertification is due in month 24. 
  • What does a household have to submit?
    Households must complete their CF 37 Recertification Application and submit all the necessary verifications as determined by their eligibility worker.  
  • Is an interview needed?

    Most households will also have to complete an interview during their recertification.

    For households where all adult members are over 60 years old or have a disability and no earned income, their recertification interview is waived unless the client requests for an interview or if the client reported conflicting information or verification. 

  • How long does the recertification interview last and what will they ask the household?

    Depending on the household’s situation, the length of the interview may vary.

County Relationship

County Contact Information

Release of Information (ROI)