Emergency allotments are approved by FNS on a monthly basis. Effective the April 2021 benefit month and moving forward, all CalFresh households will receive a minimum emergency allotment of $95 per month. This new minimum emergency allotment applies regardless of household size:
Households eligible to receive the maximum allowable allotment based on household size are now eligible to receive an emergency allotment of $95 per month.
Households who are not eligible to receive the maximum allowable allotment based on household size, but whose emergency allotment is less than $95 per month under the previous model, will receive additional CalFresh benefits to raise their emergency allotment to the new $95 minimum.
Households who were eligible to receive more than $95 per month under the previous model will continue to receive that amount.
CalFresh recipients can use their EBT card to purchase groceries online at Albertsons, Aldi via Instacart, Amazon, Safeway, Vons, and Walmart. You will be able to order food online that you would normally buy with your EBT card in-person and select home delivery or pick up option at participating locations. You can find more information here.
Medi-Cal benefits will continue without negative actions until the end of the Public Health Emergency. All annual Medi-Cal renewals have been delayed at this time. Medi-Cal recipients should continue to provide renewal paperwork and verifications.
Many forms used to qualify for MediCal can be taken over the phone. Talk to your worker about your signature options.
The State has created a "Medi-Nurse" line available for Medi-Cal patients without a health plan (fee for service) and uninsured Californians. The line -1-877-409-9052 -is available 24/7 for COVID-19 concerns or for general medical issues. Those who have health insurance may visit https://covid19.ca.gov/ and use the telehealth zip code finder to access their health insurance plan's telehealth and nurse help lines.