County of Marin Health and Human Services

CalFresh - SNAP

If your food spoiled due to the power outage, you may apply for replacement benefits for part of your CalFresh benefits (typically 70%). There are two types of replacement benefits:

  • Individual household CF replacement - Households can complete and submit the form CF 303 https://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/CF303.pdf / Spanish https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/TranslatedForms/Spanish/CF_303_SP.pdf to Public Assistance within 10 days from the time food was damaged. This type of replacement is done at the household level and households must request it. We are working with the state to see whether the 10-day timeframe can be extended.
  • Automatic mass replacement - CDSS can approve automatic mass replacements for areas (zip codes) where more than 50% of residents were affected. The county welfare department has to submit a request to CDSS Policy Unit for a waiver for the mass replacement, which is released automatically even if households do not submit the Form CF 303.

Households can begin submitting the CF 303 to Public Assistance within the 10-day timeframe for their household. The automatic mass replacement takes more steps between the County Welfare Department and CDSS and has a higher impacted household threshold (more than 50% of zip code affected).

Beneficios de CalFresh

!Hola! Si su comida se echo a perder debido al corte de energia, puede solicitar beneficios de reemplazo para parte de sus beneficios de CalFresh (generalmente 70%). Hay dos tipos de beneficios de reemplazo:

  • Reemplazo individual de CF en el hogar: los hogares pueden completar y enviar el formulario CF 303 https://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/CF303.pdf / Spanish https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/TranslatedForms/Spanish/CF_303_SP.pdf para asistencia publica dentro de los 10 dias a partir del momento en que se dano la comida. Este tipo de reemplazo se realiza a nivel de hogar y los hogares deben solicitarlo. Estamos trabajando con el estado para ver si se puede extender el plazo de 10 dias.
  • Reemplazo automatico masivo: CDSS puede aprobar el reemplazo automatico de para ciertas areas (codigos postales) donde mas del 50% de los residentes se vieron afectados. El departamento de bienestar del condado tiene que presentar una solicitud a la Unidad de Politica de CDSS para una exencion para el reemplazo masivo, que se libera automaticamente incluso si los hogares no presentan el Formulario CF 303.

Los hogares pueden comenzar a enviar el CF 303 a Asistencia Publica dentro del plazo de 10 dias para su hogar. El reemplazo masivo automatico toma mas pasos entre el Departamento de Bienestar del Condado y CDSS y tiene un indice mayor de familias afectadas (mas del 50% del codigo postal afectado).

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What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the CalFresh program that provides qualified applicants with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that may be used in participating grocery stores to supplement your food purchases. This new program is going to be replacing Food Stamps and continue to help those that need it. Eligibility for the program depends on residency, citizenship or immigration status, income, resources/assets, and other factors. The EBT card is used just like a debit card so it's discrete and no cash has to be moved.

For additional information about the program please come talk to a representitive today for a quick chat about eligibility. Or, view the brochure Applying for CalFresh and visit the California Department of Social Services website at http://www.calfresh.ca.gov/

Application Process

Apply in person, online (C4yourself.com/ OR GetCalFresh.org/ ), mail or phone. Provide proof of address, picture ID, Social Security Administration cards, immigration cards, paystubs, unemployment, disability, cash gifts or loans received. Additional verifications may be requested. Give a quick call and talk to a rep to see what you should bring, since sometimes all that is needed is a quick chat about your situation.