The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has announced disaster CalFresh food benefits for wildfire victims in several counties.
Santa Cruz and Monterey counties along with Lake, San Mateo, Solano, and Yolo counties.
“These valuable food benefits are designed to help families in the aftermath of historic wildfires,” said Kim Johnson, CDSS Director. “We’ve made the application process as simple as possible to expedite the issuance of these needed resources.”
Individuals and families who lived or worked in eligible counties on August 14 may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food benefits if the household experienced at least one of the following between August 14-September 12 as a direct result of the wildfires:
At least one person in the household was not getting regular CalFresh food benefits
Money was spent because of the wildfire or related power outage
Money was lost from work because of the wildfire; or
Money was spent because of damage to a home or business.
Households already receiving regular CalFresh food benefits are not eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food benefits.
Households may pre-register for Disaster CalFresh in the six listed counties from October 7-13 by calling or texting 916-237-1909. Households will provide their contact information, basic household information and may upload required documents in advance to help counties process applications quickly. Pre-registration is optional. Households that complete pre-registration will be called by their local county social services office to finish the application and interview process.
Households that choose not to pre-register may still apply in the six listed counties on weekdays from October 14-22 by calling their local county social services office, submitting a paper application, or submitting an online application. Online applications will be accepted from October 14-22 at http://www.benefitscal.com/