SSI Recipients Eligible for CalFresh Benefits

Informational flyer on CalFresh and SSI
Click on the above image to open a PDF of the flyer.

As of June 1, 2019 people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for CalFresh benefits.

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) provides financial support to people with low income. CalFresh benefits can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The program previously excluded seniors and people with disabilities who received SSI benefits.

This change will increase access to healthy food for many low income families in our community.

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size, countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards. (Learn more about using your EBT card at local farmers’ markets here). 

How does this affect specific customers?

• SSI income amounts will not be reduced or eliminated.

• Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) income amounts will increase by $10 per person to align the rates with SSI rates.

• Single persons receiving SSI will be able to apply for benefits starting June 1, 2019. 

• SSI recipients who are included in active CalFresh households will automatically be added to the household’s case when their next report or renewal is due. They do not need to apply.

The State has created a flyer with more information about changes to CalFresh for SSI recipients. In English. En Español.

Learn more about applying for CalFresh benefits here.

It’s Market Money Time

Market Money FlyerIt’s farmers market season and the Market Money program is back again this year to help CalFresh participants bring home the bounty.

Growers are bringing out crates full of beautiful fruits and vegetables, fresh for the picking. Starting June 2nd, CalFresh participants who spend 10 EBT dollars on market tokens will get 10 tokens free. That’s up to $10 of free veggies at every market, over and over, all season long.

To get started, bring your EBT card and photo ID over to the 211 booth at any of the markets below. We’ll match your EBT tokens up to $10. Then use your market tokens to buy fruits and veggies at participating farm stands.

Market Money is available at the following markets:

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
Pine Creek Shopping Center (Raley’s), Freeman Lane, Grass Valley
Tuesdays, June 5th through October 30th
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
Saturdays, June 2nd through November 17th
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Nevada City Farmers’ Market
Union Alley, Nevada City
Saturdays, June 2nd through November 17th
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

For more information about the Market Money program, contact 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499).

See you at the market!