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COVID-19 Information for CalFresh Advocates & Outreach Workers

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the USDA and CDSS are rapidly making changes to the way CalFresh / SNAP operates in order to respond to growing need. We will continuously update this page with information about national and statewide changes to CalFresh / SNAP. 

Other resources:



Pandemic-EBT or “P-EBT”:

P-EBT was authorized in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). It’s for children who receive free or reduced price lunch, and are enrolled in a school that was closed for 5+ days due to the pandemic. It does not matter whether the child/family was already on CalFresh or not – this will be a separate and additional benefit that will be mailed to families on a pre-loaded EBT card. There will not be an immigration test and it will not be counted as a “public charge” benefit. California’s plan was approved on April 24, 2020.

P-EBT 1.0:

Emergency SNAP:

Emergency Allotments (EA’s) have been approved for the following months:

Disaster-SNAP or “D-SNAP”:

Changes to SNAP rules:

ABAWD Rule Suspension:

Waived SAR-7’s and Recertifications:

Waived Interview Requirement:

Telephonic Signatures:

Clarification of Verification Requirements:

Online Purchasing:

Other COVID-19 Related Benefits:

COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (“Stimulus Checks”)

Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation/Assistance

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