CalFresh, the state’s largest provider of food to low-income residents, will soon end the extra emergency benefits it distributed during COVID-19.
During the last three years, Californians who were eligible for CalFresh aid received extra allotments to help them get through the pandemic, according to a statement on Riverside County’s website.
Since March 2020, more than 165,000 households in Riverside County have received an average of $192 in extra monthly food benefits from CalFresh, a federal program administered by the California Department of Social Services.
The last installment of the CalFresh emergency allotments is scheduled to go out on March 26.
“The extra benefits have been a great help in providing our customers with nutritious food throughout the pandemic and during the recovery,” said Allison Gonzalez, assistant director of the county’s self-sufficiency program, in the statement.
Residents who are CalFresh-fresh eligible will continue to receive their regular monthly benefits, according to the statement.