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Published on March 04, 2024
Disaster CalFresh Offers Aid to San Diego Flood Victims, Applications Open Until March 15Source: County of San Diego

San Diegans grappling with the aftermath of the Jan. 22 storm flooding have a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Eligible residents may apply for a one-time Disaster CalFresh payment to purchase food for their households, thanks to federal funding secured by the County of San Diego. The program is designed to alleviate the financial strain of those most affected by the disaster and ensure access to healthy food options.

Following the necessary presidential disaster declaration rules, impacted locals have, from March 7-15, to submit their applications for the Disaster CalFresh program. Not to be left behind, San Diego County residents who are already beneficiaries of CalFresh could also be entitled to a supplemental payment under the same initiative.

Individuals looking to apply must satisfy these criteria: residency or employment within the disaster zone during the flooding, an intention to purchase eligible food items, and facing ongoing challenges due to the flooding. The County will vet applications based on the total monthly net income after all deductions, liquid assets, and specific deductions related to disaster-linked expenses, to ensure that net income paired with the highlighted deductions doesn't exceed the Disaster Gross Income Limit for benefit eligibility.

For a household of three with a monthly net income of $2,942 after flood-related deductions, the potential Disaster CalFresh benefit could reach $766, as detailed in a County News Center report. Various channels are open for applications, including online submission at benefitscal.com, phone assistance through Access at 866-262-9881, in-person visits to any local Family Resource Center, or a trip to one of the two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in the area.

Recipients will receive this one-time relief on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, facilitating their immediate use in acquiring food items for themselves and their families. As the community continues to rebuild, such measures provide a crucial lifeline for those striving to emerge from the devastation wrought by the January flooding.