How many CalFresh (food stamps) cases are there in Tehama County?

July Total Prior Month Monthly % Change Last Year Yearly Change
4,812 4,780 0.67% 4996 -3.68%

Where can I get more information on California's CalFresh useage?

The California Department of Social Services website.

What efforts are taken to reduce fraud?

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has implemented a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/CaIFresh Integrity Plan effective September 14, 2012 to reduce fraud rates across the state.

Although fraud statistics are reported as a combined statistic for Cash Aid (CalWORKs) and CalFresh programs, our fraud rates are very low with nearly half of all fraud referrals resulting as “unfounded” with no fraud found. Our fraud rate has dropped by approximately 22% since last year, due in part to heightened efforts to reduce fraud in CalWORKs and CalFresh cases.

What else should I know about CalFresh?
Click here to see a Chico News & Review special insert made for Northern CA Counties.

What can CalFresh recipients purchase with their food stamps?

You can use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
    • Breads and cereals
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Meats, fish and poultry; and
    • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants to produce food for the household to eat

You cannot use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, diapers, and household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

Who gets CalFresh benefits in California?

CalFresh Household Profile*
The follow is a selection of some key characteristics of the households receiving CalFresh benefits in FFY 2012.

Average Age of Head of Household 37.8 years
Average Age of Child(ren) 7.5 years
Average Number of Persons Per Household 2.3
Recipients Who Are U.S. Citizens 93.7%
Recipients Who Are Female Head of Household 69.2%
Households Completing at Least 12 Years of Education 62.9%
Single-Person CalFresh Only Households 51%
CalFresh Households That Have Received CalFresh Benefits For Five or More Years 7.6%
CalFresh Households With Earnings 21.5%
Average CalFresh Allotment Per Household $311
CalFresh Recipients That Also Recieve CalWORKs (cash aid) Benefits 31.1%
CalFresh Households That Also Receive CalWORKs (cash aid) Benefits 24.7%
Ethnicity of Head of Household:
Hispanic/Mixed Race 41%
White 31%
Black 18%
Other 8%
Mixed Race 2%
Ethnicity of CalFresh Recipients
Hispanic/Mixed Race 56%
White 21%
Black 13%
Other 7%
Mixed Race 3%
*Based upon RADEP data
State of Calfornia, Department of Social Services


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