CalFresh Outreach

SNAP For Older Adults

Oftentimes, older adults undergo a time-intensive application process only to receive the minimum SNAP benefits. FIND’s CalFresh Outreach team can help you fill out the application to receive the maximum benefits and connect you with other financial resources!

Myths & Facts About CalFresh for Older Adults (ages 60 and over)

More College Students Eligible for SNAP during COVID-19

Reportedly one-third of college students lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic impact of the health crisis created a widespread hunger crisis that uniquely affects college students who have one of the lowest participation rates in SNAP. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides funding for nutrition assistance and investments in SNAP that address the rise in food insecurity during the pandemic.

Temporarily, these are the new eligibility requirements for SNAP:

Beginning Jan. 16, 2021, two new types are now exempt. These are students who:

  1. Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. sityYour college or university determines if a student is considered eligible for work study.
  2. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year. Students receive an EFC after applying for financial aid.
    1. As long as a student meets all other SNAP eligibility requirements they may receive SNAP benefits

FIND the complete list of student exemptions for SNAP here:

Frequently Asked Questions: What are the student exemptions for SNAP?

Student exemptions will remain in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 federal public health emergency is lifted:

  • SNAP applications received 30 days after the COVID-19 federal public health emergency is lifted will be processed under the normal student eligibility rules.
  • SNAP Recertifications due 30 days after the COVID-19 federal health emergency is lifted will be processed under the normal student eligibility rules.

SNAP Facts

  • SNAP is a federal program that helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table. Across the United States there are 9.5 million families with children on SNAP.
  • SNAP benefits are delivered monthly through electronic debit (EBT) cards, which they are used to purchase groceries, retailers, and participating farmworkers nationwide.
  • In 2015, SNAP lifted 4.6 million Americans above the poverty line, including 2 million children and 366,000 seniors.
  • Moreover, SNAP helps to ensure that children are given a fair chance at healthy adulthood, that seniors age with dignity and that family can care for themselves
  • Research from Moody’s Analytics suggests that for every dollar spent by SNAP, 1.7 dollars are added to the economy.
  • A 2010 study by the USDA found that for every $1 billion of added SNAP funding, between 8,900 and 17,000 jobs were created.
  • By contrast, another study found that for every $1 billion in cuts, 11,437 jobs would be destroyed.

The CalFresh Program — formerly known as Food Stamps and also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — provides resources for people and families in need to shop for groceries using an EBT card (like a debit card). CalFresh is designed to help families buy more healthy, nutritious food for themselves.

FIND Food Bank has a CalFresh Outreach & Case Management Program to help connect people and families who are food-insecure to additional resources for their household.

Please call FIND at (760) 775-3663 for more information.