Community Resources and Self-Help

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Tools to assist CalFresh applicants and recipients

VIDEO: CalFresh - Just the Basics

Pre-screening Tools

Community partners can use the FNS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-screening Eligibility Tool for outreach and help in determining potential eligibility to CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps).

MyBenefits CalWIN Tutorials

Income Tax Assistance

Free tax preparation services are available for low-to moderate-income individuals and families (generally, $49,000 and below) at Thrive San Diego – IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Qualified individuals and families can get up to $5,600 (with children) or $457 (no children) in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Getting EITC dollars will not affect CalWORKs, CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits. Call 2-1-1 to find a free tax preparation site near you and to get more information. You can also log on to http://www.thrivesandiego.org/index_files/aboutvita.htm

Information for Senior Centers and Delivered Meals

  • Senior centers that have communal dining can apply to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to be an authorized CalFresh retailer.
  • Meals may be purchased from a non-profit meal delivery service authorized by (FNS) to accept CalFresh benefits.

The flier “CalFresh for Senior Centers and Delivered Meals,” provides information on how to request authorization from FNS to be an authorized CalFresh retailer.

Guides

The SAR 7 Eligibility Status Report is a form some CalFresh households must complete, sign and send to the County, along with verifications once every year (six months after certification and re-certification) in order to maintain eligibility.