CalFresh Recipients Will Now Be Able to Make Purchases Online

Meeting the nutritional needs of California’s vulnerable residents while a statewide stay at home order remains in place continues to be a top priority.

CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT cards to start purchasing groceries online at Amazon and Walmart. California is also working with many other retailers to expand the number of stores accepting EBT online in the weeks to follow. In addition, persons receiving CalWORKs will also be able to use their cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.

CalFresh provides monthly food benefits that help individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food. Even if temporary, individuals and families who are experiencing a change in their circumstances and need additional help may apply for CalFresh. Californian’s can visit GetCalFresh.org to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.

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Pandemic EBT

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at ca.p-ebt.org.

DRIVE-THRU DISTRIBUTIONS:

In response to the increased demand that COVID-19 has created for food access within Sacramento County, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is hosting two new drive-through distributions. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, these food distributions will be “touchless.” Attendees will not leave their cars. Food will be placed directly in the trunks of vehicles. 

 

The two drive-through distributions will be at the following locations:

Encina High School
1400 Bell Street Sacramento, CA 95825

  • When: Tuesdays
  • Frequency: Weekly, until further notice
  • Time: 9:00am-11:00am (or until all food is gone)
  • Please do not line up before 8:30am
  • Distribution style: One-way drive-through distribution. Enter distribution via parking lot entrance closest to Greer Elementary (cars should approach heading West on Hurley Way and turning right on Bell Street).

Christian Brothers High School
4315 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

  • When: Thursdays
  • Frequency: Weekly, until further notice
  • Time: 9:00am-11:00am (or until all food is gone)
  • Please do not line up before 8:30am
  • Distribution style: One-way drive-through distribution. Enter distribution via parking lot entrance closest to 20th Avenue (cars should approach heading North on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and should turn right into the school parking lot). 

** Community members unable to attend may designate someone to pick up food on their behalf – Community members unable to attend a distribution in person, can fill out an Alternative Pick Up Form that they will send with the individual picking up on their behalf.  Individuals picking up on behalf of another will be able to pick up for a maximum of TWO households, including themselves, at these drive-through distributions.

Attendees must meet the following income guidelines

The food distribution is open only to households that meet the following income guidelines. This will be a “self-certifying” food distribution, meaning that families will not need to show proof of income or provide I.D. to receive food assistance. Families simply need to verbally verify that they meet the income guidelines.

 

Additional Resources:

 Find Food – Please continue to check our website (https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/find-food) for the most up-to-date information about where to access food in Sacramento County – use this navigator to sort by zip code, day of the week, etc.

 Emergency Response Agencies – printable PDF of agencies dedicated to providing food throughout COVID-19 crisis: https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/emergency-response-agencies

 Community members unable to attend may designate someone to pick up food on their behalf – Community members unable to attend a distribution in person, can fill out an Alternative Pick Up Form that they will send with the individual picking up on their behalf.  Individuals picking up on behalf of another will be able to pick up for a maximum of 5 households, including themselves – at distributions designated as USDA/TEFAP only.