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Beginning June 1st, CalFresh Food Benefits will be Available to Seniors and People with Disabilities Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP)
May 08, 2019

The Sutter County Health and Human Services Department, Employment and Eligibility Services Branch is pleased to announce the expansion of the CalFresh food assistance program to serve people who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits beginning June 1, 2019. There will be no change or reduction to their SSI/SSP benefits. This announcement marks the kick-off of the annual CalFresh Awareness Month in May.

"Expanding CalFresh to SSI/SSP recipients in Sutter County will help improve nutrition and health in the community by providing food benefits to seniors and people with disabilities." Nancy O'Hara – Director, Sutter County Health and Human Services Department.

The Employment and Eligibility Services Branch is prepared to help older adults and people with disabilities who receive SSI/SSP apply for CalFresh food assistance and encourages applicants to apply beginning June 1, 2019. There will be an unprecedented high volume of applicants this summer as CalFresh expands to serve up to 3,900 SSI/SSP recipients in Sutter County. Counties have been working overtime to be as prepared as they can be to launch this historic CalFresh program expansion.

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. Food benefits for one person range from $15-$192 per month, with a national average of $105-$110 per month for older adults and people with disabilities. Sutter County currently serves approximately 12,500 individuals receiving CalFresh benfits.

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. Counties will evaluate those households for CalFresh benefits at their next report date.

There are three ways to connect with Sutter County’s Employment and Eligibility Services Branch:


Call- 1-877-652-0735

Come in- to the county office at 190 Garden Hwy, Yuba City, CA

The CalFresh application process includes:

  1. Complete an application.
  2. Provide proof of income and expenses, if needed.
  3. Complete an interview – by phone or in person.
  4. Counties will determine eligibility in 30 days or less (if the applicant has very little to no income/resources when they apply, eligibility can be expedited).
  5. County provides an EBT debit card.

Reasonable accommodations and services in multiple languages are available.

Additional state-funded nutrition benefits may be available to households currently participating in CalFresh who experience a drop in CalFresh benefits due to the state now counting SSI income in the CalFresh case. As always, clients can contact the Sutter County Employment and Eligibility Services Branch to ask questions or report changes at any time.

For more information, contact us at 1-877-652-0735