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July 22, 2019

Seniors and Disabled on SSI/SSP are Now Eligible for CalFresh Benefits

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

Over 48,000 County residents have received a special message from the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA) in connection with CalFresh Awareness Month. Effective June 1, 2019 a 40-year old rule that prevented Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) recipients from receiving CalFresh has been changed by recent legislation that County officials and community members believe is long overdue. CalFresh is California’s largest food program, providing low-income individuals and families with monthly nutritious food benefits.

“We plan to get the word out to senior and disabled individuals and families who were previously ineligible that they can now apply for more of the assistance they need to make the difference between hunger and nutrition,” said Lori Cox, ACSSA director.

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