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CalFresh Task Force Meetings
Working towards a San Diego County where residents are informed, empowered, and have access to the necessary resources to become self-sufficient.
The CalFresh Task Force Meetings are an opportunity for community based organizations that provide CalFresh application assistance and other food resources to convene with each other and with Health and Human Services Agency representatives. The meetings offer an opportunity to share programmatic updates for CalFresh, legislative updates on food policy, and to identify and address barriers San Diegans face when accessing CalFresh benefits.
CalFresh Program Updates
Learn how regulation changes will affect your work.
Cost of Living Adjustments for October 2016: Effective October 2016, new Cost of Living Adjustments will go into place. There was a small increase in allowable income, increase in the excess shelter and utility deductions, while the maximum CalFresh allotment remains the same. For more information, you can see this document created by California Association of Food Banks.
Updates to Initial and Recertifcation Applications: Updates to the Initial Application (CF 285) and Recertification Form (CF 37) clarified clients' rights and have included authorization to use The Work Number to verify income when applicable. For more information, you can read All County Letter No. 16-77.
End of Change Reporting: Starting June 2016, Change Reporting Households will transition to Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR7) Households. What this means is that all CalFresh households will need to submit SAR7s to maintain benefits. For additional information, please check out the one page sheet created by the Hunger Coalition, "End of Change Reporting." You can also read the All County Letter 15-90.
Clarification on Residency: The state has provided clarification on how to determine residency for all CalFresh applicants and recipients. The major change to be implemented is for CalFresh recipients who use their EBT card in another county or state for 3 consecutive months will receive a CF 387 Request for Information (RFI) to determine if the client is still residing in the county. The client has 10 days to respond. For additional information, please check out the "Basic Residency & Responsibility" document created by SDHC or the All County Letter 15-94.
Student Eligibility: The state has recently clarified that both the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) as exemptions for the work requirement for college students. What this means is that students who participate in WIOA or EOPS activities shall be eligible for CalFresh if they meet all other conditions for CalFresh eligibility. For more information, you can read the All County Letter 15-70. The Hunger Coalition also created this one pager as a refresher for student eligibility rules, "Student Eligibility Regulations."
New Recertification Form: Effective October 2015, clients should expect to receive a new CalFresh recertification form. The CF37 form is 10 pages long; 4 of the 10 pages need to be filled out and returned. The new form can be found here.
Abled Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) waiver: The ABAWD waiver, preventing CalFresh recipients from having to meet employment or training requirements, has been extended and will remain in effect until 12/31/17.
Expiration of Senior Recertification Waiver: Effective May 2015, all seniors with a fixed income will continue to have a two year recertification period; however, they will now also be required to complete an interview at their recertification date in order to maintain their CalFresh benefits. For additional information, you can read the county’s Letter 611.
- New Verification Check List (VCL): San Diego County has begun to use a new verification check list which allows clients to ask for HHSA assistance in accessing information and documents need to apply for and receive benefits. Check out the new VCL here.
Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) Changes: Effective immediately, CalFresh recipients will have different reporting thresholds or no reporting thresholds based on what their gross monthly income was at the time of receiving benefits. For additional information, please see our flyer.
Drug Felony Ban Lift: Starting April 2015, individuals with a prior drug felony conviction who are complying with their probation or parole might now be eligible to receive CalWORKs and CalFresh. For more information, please check out these outreach flyers in English and Spanish.
- Texts & Voicemail Reminder: Starting February 2015, the San Diego County will begin their new initiative to send text and voicemail reminders to customers on their cell phones when required verifications have not been received and the client’s case is at risk of closing. For more information, check out this link. For client’s interested in participating, the text messaging service agreements are available in (English) and (Spanish).
- Explanation of New CalFresh Eligibility Guidelines: Starting July 2014, the CalFresh gross income limit has increase to 200% Federal Poverty Level for most households. Check out this outreach flyer with an in depth explanation created by SDHC.
General Information and Useful Websites
General CalFresh resources.
Tracking and Outcomes
- SNAP Impact Calculator (Feeding America tool)- Designed to help food banks evaluate the effectiveness of their outreach program.
- Webinar: CalFresh Outreach Scope of Work and Reporting
- Scope of Work and Reporting (Presentation Slides)
- HHSA CalFresh Program Guides- County program guides on CalFresh, CalWORKS, CAPI, County Medical Services, General Relief, and Medi-Cal.
- CalFresh Program Regulations- State CalFresh program regulations.
- LSNC Guide to CalFresh Benefits- CalFresh guide created by anti-hunger advocates, previously known as the Food Stamp Guide.
- MyBenefits CalWIN- To apply online or for additional information.
For a list of agencies that provide CalFresh application assistance, please visit 211 San Diego.
Commonly Used CalFresh Forms
Access to San Diego county forms in English and Spanish.
- Release of Information (English) (Spanish)
- CalFresh Application CF 285 (English) (Spanish) (Arabic)
- Dual Application SAWS2Plus (English) (Spanish)
- Semi-Annual Report SAR7 (English) (Spanish) (Arabic)
- Recertification CF37 (English) (Spanish)
- Language Needs Form
- Welcome Form (English) (Spanish)
- Employment Verification CF 0721 (English) (Spanish)
- Sponsor Deeming SAR22 (English) (Spanish)
- Appeal Request Form (English) (Spanish)
- 09-99 USCIS Indigency Exemption (English) (Spanish)
- Self-employment Verification (English) (Spanish)
- Sworn Statement: There is no specific sworn statement form used by the county; however, all sworn statements must include: date, name of the person and/or organization that receives payment, the amount a household is paying or receiving, and they must be signed by the client.
- Student Financial Aid Verification CSF 50 (English and Spanish)
- Change Report Form (English) (Spanish)
- For additional forms, visit the state website
Client Outreach Materials (Client Handouts)
Outreach materials to give out to clients.
- Income Guidelines 2015-2016
- Outreach Flier for Families (English) (Spanish)
- Eating Right When Money’s Tight (English) (Spanish) (Arabic)
Working with Special Populations
Resources for agencies working with seniors and disabled individuals, homeless individuals and families, students, immigrants, and more.
Senior and Disabled Individuals
- Senior and Disabled Eligibility, Explained
- CalFresh Eligibility and Social Security, Explained
- Medical Deductions
- Restaurant Meal Program
- CBO Sponsorship Worksheet
- CBO Sponsorship Flow Chart
- Noncitizen, Sponsorship, & CalFresh Presentation
- Ronald Coleman Webinar: Immigrant Eligibility for Food Stamps in California
- Student Eligibility FAQ
- Determining if Students are Eligible for CalFresh
- Jodie Berger's Webinar: Reaching Students with CalFresh
People with Prior Drug Felony Convictions
- Jessica Bartholow and Maria Abarca's Presentation: New CalFresh Eligibility for People with Prior Drug Convictions & CalFresh Outreach to Re-Entry Populations
Client Advocacy –CalFresh Task Force Members Only (please email Marcia@sdhunger.org for access)
Resources for navigating the CalFresh eligibility process.