Monday, May 1, 2023
The year 2023 has certainly brought its fair share of surprises. According to the California Association of Food Banks, one recent announcement revealed CalFresh recipients received their last Emergency Allotments on March 26, 2023. Plus, with the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 and the ending of the federal Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023, two critical programs that helped mitigate hunger over the last three years ended.
This decision will impact approximately 5 million Californians receiving CalFresh, and they will see a dramatic and sudden drop in their food benefits, totaling more than $500 million per month.
On average, each CalFresh participant will lose $82 per month, with benefits dropping to an average of $6 per person per day. Some older adults could see their benefits fall from $281 to $23 monthly.
Crystal, a Riverside resident, heavily relies on the assistance she receives from CalFresh to afford groceries for her family. Concerned about the upcoming changes, she shared, "I worry about how much food I can buy for my kids, but in the end, anything will help."
May is designated as CalFresh Awareness Month. During this period, CalFresh is making dedicated efforts to raise awareness among current and prospective recipients, reassuring them that assistance will continue to be available for those in need. FARSB offers free virtual or in-person application assistance, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
For more details, please visit our website at www.feedingie.org/CALFRESH or contact our CalFresh Coordinator at (951) 359-4757. Together, let's spread awareness, provide support, and ensure that those facing hardship can access the vital resources they need.