SSI/SSP CalFresh Eligible June 1st
April 12, 2019
Welcome to the CalFresh SSI Expansion blog! On June 1, 2019, history will be made as 1.3 million disabled or senior Californians receiving SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment) benefits will finally become eligible for CalFresh food assistance.
This change is going to have a HUGE impact on ending hunger or at least reducing it dramatically. Currently those who have SSI/SSP as their only income are below 100% of the poverty level. Imagine trying to live in LA on $930 a month. If you’re lucky, most of your income will somehow manage to pay for a roof over your head , leaving you precious little for food. Otherwise you might be on the street with enough money for food but no protection from the elements, nowhere to bathe or wash clothes or store possessions---a dangerous situation for seniors and people with disabilities.
CalFresh will provide money for food for these SSI recipients on the EBT card. But enrolling them into the program will take a huge effort. The LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) administers CalFresh locally. They’ll need the help of agencies who work with SSI recipients and community volunteers to identify potential beneficiaries, educate them on the process and get them enrolled.
Please check in on the blog from time to time as we add resources in advance of the June 1 beginning date. You can ask for more information or make suggestions to: [email protected] or 213 388 8228.
For flyers, applications, documents, and other related materials visit:
CalFresh SSI Resources