As the partial federal government shutdown continues, it is important to know where nutrition benefits stand. The San Diego Hunger Coalition will work to keep you informed by regularly updating this page as more information becomes available.

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February 13, 2019 - In an effort to mitigate the effects of the early disbursement of February’s CalFresh Benefits due to the government shutdown, the California Department of Social Services will be issuing March’s CalFresh benefits to all beneficiaries on March 1st. This disbursement varies from normal months which have a staggered distribution throughout the first 10 days of the month, and may impact retailers who accept EBT.

Learn more, read the County of San Diego letter on early March 2019 issuance of CalFresh Benefits.

Changes to CalFresh - Multiple Languages

Here are some client-facing PDF flyers in various languages explaining changes to CalFresh during the federal government shutdown. More languages may be added, please check back if you don’t see what you need, or contact CalFresh Program Manager Quantesa Roberts at

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Previous Status Updates

January 30, 2019 - Under the new continuing resolution, March CalFresh benefits are guaranteed. Recipients will need to stretch their February benefits longer than usual due to the early issuance, and are urged to budget as best they can. Should the government shut down again, the USDA has the option to fund April benefits using the same policies that allowed for early issuance of February benefits.

Learn more, read this article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

January 25, 2019 - Agreement reached to temporarily reopen federal government until mid-February. San Diego Hunger Coalition will continue to bring you updates as we learn what this means for federal nutrition programs such as CalFresh and School Lunches.

For a deeper look at the government reopening read this article on

January 18, 2019 - The California Department of Education has announced that Child Nutrition Programs, such as School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, are funded well into March. California families with children receiving free and reduced price meals do not need to worry at this time.

For more information on how the shutdown is affecting child nutrition read this article on

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January 16, 2019 - The California Department of Social Services reports that all eligible recipients received their February benefits on their EBT cards this morning. The remainder of recipients will be issued Feb 1-10, as usual.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive any further benefits until March. If the shutdown continues into March, it is uncertain if CalFresh benefits will be available. Please budget your benefits accordingly.

January 14, 2019 - The County of San Diego has announced that February 2019 CalFresh benefits will be disbursed no later than January 16, 2019. This process does not impact issuance of initial application or Expedited Service benefits.

All CalFresh recipients who do not have a CalFresh report or recertification this month, as well as those whose reports have already been received or whose continuing eligibility has already been determined, will receive this early disbursement.

Those who are not included in this issuance of benefits will receive them at their usual issuance date.

PLEASE NOTE: This early disbursement is for your February benefits. If you receive them on or before January 16th, you will not receive any further benefits until March. Please budget your benefits accordingly.

Click here to read the County of San Diego memo.

January 11, 2019 - San Diego County officials advise that some retailers will experience a lapse in their authorization to accept EBT card payments. Below is a complete list of affected retailers who will not be able to accept EBT until the government reopens.

+ Click Here for List of Affected Retailers

  • 6th Avenue Qwik Mart - 1350 6th ave, Ste 130, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 7-Eleven 2112 - 5829 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
  • Arco AM/PM - 3190 Main St, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • Arco AM/PM - 1725 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • Base Liquor - 996 Cardiff St, San Diego, CA 92114
  • Beach Side Station - 681 Highway 75, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
  • Bonita Farmers Market - 5080 Bonita Rd, Ste M, Bonita, CA 91902
  • Cheran Market - 4968 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
  • Comstock Market & Deli - 2145 Comstock St, San Diego, CA 92111
  • Fanita Liquor and Market - 8663 Fanita Dr, Santee, CA 92071
  • Kens Liquor - 132 E Mission Ave, Ste. A, Escondido, CA 92025
  • North Park Produce - 1952 Hacienda Dr, Vista, CA 92081
  • Popcorn Roy Inc. - 2315 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Primo Market - 606 Morse St, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Sierra Market - 3834 Massachusetts Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
  • Simons 1 Store & Up - 1059 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021
  • Spring Valley Produce - 9510 Jamacha Blvd, Spring Valley, CA 91977
  • Star Market Inc - 10502 Mission Gorge Rd, Ste. 110, Santee, CA 92071
  • Texas Food & Spirits - 4404 Texas St, San Diego, CA 92116

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January 10, 2019 - The USDA has approved payment of SNAP (CalFresh benefits through the month of February. March remains uncertain.

February benefits may be received by January 20, 2019 or earlier. If this occurs, please be aware that this is not an overissuance.

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December 21, 2018 - There is a chance the federal government will shut down tonight. If that happens, please don’t worry. Federal food assistance programs will continue as usual at least through the end of January.