April 15, 2024
An applicant indicators up for meals stamps, generally known as CalFresh in California, at a low-income well being clinic in Contra Costa County. Picture by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Over 12,800 Catastrophe CalFresh purposes associated to the January flooding in San Diego County have been permitted, and $5.7 million was paid out to residents, the county mentioned.

CalFresh is state program that gives monetary help to residents within the low-income bracket, which permits them to buy meals objects. In keeping with a information launch on Wednesday, this system software interval was prolonged every week “to make sure these affected by the flooding may enroll.”

To qualify, households needed to dwell or work within the catastrophe space, purchase or plan to purchase eligible meals, and expertise challenges brought on by the flooding.

Extreme rain on Jan. 21 and 22 triggered flooding that broken houses in San Diego neighborhoods equivalent to Encanto, Mountain View and Southcrest, and unincorporated communities equivalent to Spring Valley.

Catastrophe CalFresh adopted President Joe Biden’s declaration of main catastrophe standing for California, in response to the county, which acquired federal authorities funding to assist residents.

All Catastrophe CalFresh recipients might use their digital profit switch card to buy sizzling and ready meals till April 10, in response to the county.

Minus just a few exceptions, CalFresh EBT playing cards — used to distribute advantages –might solely be used to purchase shelf-stable meals, primarily based on a brief change by the Meals and Vitamin Service.

FNS is a part of the U.S. Division of Agriculture, which permits modifications primarily based on situations equivalent to energy outages, dwelling harm, resident displacement, or different situations that forestall folks from buying and getting ready meals.

Officers mentioned the FNS has knowledgeable county EBT retailers concerning the waiver, and inspired them to submit notices alerting prospects.

In keeping with the county, conventional CalFresh enrollment numbers “are additionally at a report excessive,” with greater than 389,400 enrolled as of March 1, the best within the county’s historical past.

This yr’s quantity is a 4.4% enhance over 2023, the county mentioned.

Data on making use of for CalFresh may be discovered at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content material/sdc/hhsa/applications/ssp/food_stamps.html.

An inventory of approved retailers that settle for EBT playing cards is at fns.usda.gov.

–Metropolis Information Service