RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Riverside County households that are eligible for CalFresh benefits may notice extra dollars on their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card Sunday, just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The benefits coming from the CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are an effort to ease economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to state and local officials. Sunday’s supplemental benefit is the eighth since April. The extra dollars will be automatically deposited Sunday onto EBT cards for those who are eligible.
Some qualified households will receive the maximum CalFresh benefit. For example, a household of two that typically receives $53 in CalFresh benefits could be temporarily eligible to receive the monthly maximum of $374.
Since April, the state has dispersed nearly $100 million to nearly 77,000 eligible households in Riverside County. The average customer received an extra $190 last month, local officials said.
“Those extra dollars can help a struggling family or senior enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and keep healthy, nutritious food on the table,” said Allison Gonzalez, program director over Self-Sufficiency at the county’s Department of Public Social Services.
Customers can apply at or by calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at 1-877-410-8827.
CalFresh customers can now use their EBT cards to buy groceries online at participating Albertsons and Vons locations. Since April, Amazon and Walmart have accepted EBT cards for online grocery purchases.
Various restaurants across Riverside County also accept EBT for customers who qualify and locations can be found . Additionally, many Farmer’s Markets across Riverside County accept EBT cards, and many will match each dollar spent up to $10 per family, allowing customers to double their spending.
“Purchasing food from Farmer’s Markets, at online grocery sites and at local restaurants are ways for families to have greater access to healthy produce, warm meals and safe, convenient shopping from home,” Gonzalez said.
To learn more, including which Farmer’s Markets accept EBT cards, click .