VENTURA, Calif. – The Human Services Agency announced that as of June 1, 2019, Supplemental Security Income/Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) recipients may be eligible to receive CalFresh food benefits. CalFresh food benefits stretch household budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables, and other healthy options. CalFresh food benefits are delivered on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card and can be used at any grocery store and farmers market that accepts EBT.
In Ventura County, just over 60,000 individuals currently receive CalFresh food assistance and it is estimated that another 15,000 individuals who receive SSI or SSP may become eligible. Human Services Agency staff is prepared to help older adults and people with disabilities who receive SSI to apply for CalFresh food assistance. There will be no change or reduction to their SSI/SSP benefits. Households that already receive CalFresh and currently have a member of their household that has been excluded because they receive SSI do not need to re-apply and will be contacted at their next report or recertification date.
Many seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes are already at-risk of food insecurity. At 74 years old, Marla was one of the almost 1 in 5 older adults in California who face the threat of hunger in a year. When health complications prevented Marla from getting to the County office to renew her CalFresh benefits in time, the worker assigned to her case knew that without the food CalFresh benefits provide, Marla’s health would be more at risk. To prevent interruption of benefits, staff made special arrangements to meet with Marla outside the office to accommodate her medical needs. Relieved, Marla explained that Social Security alone is not enough to pay for everything she needs and by the end of each month, she depends on CalFresh to help her survive. With SSI/SSP recipients now eligible to apply for CalFresh, seniors and people with disabilities in our community will have a new option available to help make ends meet.
There are three ways to apply for CalFresh:
Click: www.GetCalFresh.org or www.Mybenefitscalwin.org to apply online
Call: 1-888-472-4463 to apply over the phone
Come in: Visit Human Services, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Additional state-funded nutrition benefits may be available to households currently participating in CalFresh who experience a reduction or discontinuance of CalFresh benefits due to the addition of the SSI/SSP recipient to the household.
For more information, visit our website at: www.vchsa.org or call 1-888-472-4463.