We have good news to share! USDA recently announced that they are taking action to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million SNAP participants. Those households did not receive SNAP Emergency Allotments because the prior administration deemed them ineligible for the benefit boost enacted through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. They are the SNAP households with the lowest income, who are least able to weather the economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. We applaud this action by USDA, which will provide more than $700 million in CalFresh benefits to households struggling to put food on the table over the next six months.
The state may need a few weeks to update their systems to issue the new benefits. Nourish California and our anti-hunger partners look forward to working with CDSS to ensure the benefits are issued as soon as possible.