Income Limits


Income Limits

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) counts most types of income to determine if a household is eligible. A household must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 130% of the federal poverty level, and total net monthly income less than or equal to 100% of the federal poverty level to be eligible for CalFresh.

  • Gross monthly income means a household’s total income before excluding deductions allowed under the program.
  • Net monthly income means gross income minus allowable deductions.
  • Deductions are expenses that are subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income when determining eligibility and the amount of CalFresh benefits that will be received monthly.

Elderly/disabled households only have to meet the net monthly income standard.

For October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, the monthly income limits are:

People in Household Gross Monthly Income Net Monthly Income
1 $1245 $958
2 $1681 $1293
3 $2116 $1628
4 $2552 $1963
5 $2987 $2298
6 $3423 $2633
7 $3858 $2968


To find out if you may be eligible to receive CalFresh, you can complete the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-screening Eligibility Tool.

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If you have questions, call ACCESS toll-free at 866-262-9881, or e-mail ACCESS.