The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that individuals and families impacted by wildfires in six counties may be eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food benefits as part of continuing disaster recovery efforts.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently approved California’s request for Disaster CalFresh food benefits to enhance recovery efforts in counties impacted by recent wildfires. The program is known nationally as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or D-SNAP.
A family of four with a monthly income of up to $2,951 may be eligible to receive up to $782 in food benefits through this program. Those who already receive regular CalFresh food benefits will not be eligible for Disaster CalFresh.
Who can apply?
Individuals and families who lived or worked in Lassen, Plumas, or Tehama counties between July 14-Aug. 13, 2021, or Trinity County between July 30-August 29, or Placer and Nevada counties between Aug. 4-Sept.3, 2021, may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food benefits if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires:
- At least one person in the household was not getting regular CalFresh food benefits;
- Money was spent because of the wildfire or related power outage;
- Money was lost from work because of the wildfire; or
- Money was spent because of damage to a home or business.
How to apply
Households may apply between Oct. 18-22 and Oct. 25-26, 2021, by calling their local county social services office, submitting a paper application, or submitting an online application. In most cases, Disaster CalFresh food benefits will be available within three days of the date of a qualifying interview. Additional information is available athttps://www.cdss.ca.gov/disastercalfresh1. Online applications will be accepted in Lassen, Nevada, Plumas, Tehama, and Trinity counties at www.benefitscal.com and in Placer County at http://www.mybenefitscalwin.org. Applications received on Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, will be considered as received on Monday, Oct.25, 2021.
Clients may also reach their local county social services office by calling (877) 847-3663 (FOOD) for more information. Disaster CalFresh food benefits will be provided via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is like a debit card that can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized retailers. If applicants are approved, their county will tell them when and where to pick up their EBT card.
Call your local county social services office:
- Lassen: (530) 251-8152
- Nevada: (530) 470-2452
- Plumas: (530) 283-6350
- Placer: (888) 385-5160
- Tehama: (530) 838-1458
- Trinity: (530) 623-8248
Click the link above or here to view Distribution Sites in Plumas County for general relief supplies.
- Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center - Click here, 175 Main Street, 24 crisis line: 877-757-0029
- Angels Among Us @ 530-616-8228
- Ashlee's Toy Closet - 8/14 11 am-1:30 pm, 123 Crescent St. Hwy 70
- Project: Camp - Kids Day Camp
- Plumas Fairgrounds - animal feed
- Feather River Outdoors - free bikes, taking bike donations to fix up and give away to evacuees
- Quintopia Brewing Company - free food
- Quincy Provisions - free breakfast 7-10 am until 8/12, free dinner 5-6:30 pm until 8/12
- Plumas County Office of Education - 1446 East Main Street, school supplies for children
- Plumas Library - 445 Jackson Street, 10 am-12 pm, activities for children
- Kristina's Gymnastics/Grange Hall - free food, water, clothing, and supplies for evacuees
- The Knook - Mon-Fri 11 am-5 pm, free meals
- La Na'cho Mama - Mon-Sat 11am-8pm
- Paradise Grill - Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm
- Mill Creek Fish and Chips - Tue-Sat 11 am-7 pm
- Grandma Janes Place - Taco Tuesday, free tacos for lunch starting at 11 am
- Rugged Roots Farm - free fresh produce, Mon-Fri 7:30 am-12 pm
- Feather River Fitness - Mon-Fri 6 am-8 pm, Sat 8 am-12 pm, 336 Crescent Street, free showers, have towels, no shampoo (Grange has Shampoo)
- Behavioral Health (Little House) 527 Bell Lane, 8-4 Monday thru Friday
- Mamma Celeste's Gastropub and Pizzeria - free meals for evacuees
- Nevada Resources
- Wednesday & Thursdays, 9-11 Salvation Army Drive-through food distribution. 567 E. 16th Street
- Saturday, August, 21: Supplies Giveaway - 2155 Pillsbury Rd, 9 am - 12 pm
- Sunday, August, 22: Free Walk-in Medical Clinic - 1010 Mangrove Ave, 1 pm - 4 pm
- Sunday, August 29: Free Walk-in Medical Clinic 1010 Mangrove Ave, 1 pm - 4 pm
- Life From the Ashes - Click here
- Once Upon a Child sponsored by My Oven's Meals - families with small children
- Fresh Cove at 14 W Eaton - free meals
- Basic Needs Pantry - M-F 8 am-5 pm, 580 Manzanita Ave Suite 5
- Shalom Free Clinic - free medical walk-in clinic Sundays 1-4 pm, 1010 Mangrove Ave.
- CHAT https://www.chicohousingactionteam.net
- Free Groceries: Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. 1st Ave. First and third Fridays of the month from 10 am- 12 pm. The only request, please do not arrive before 9:30 am.
- Barbara Montadon: Animal Relief, Plumas County, (530) 258-1536
- Oroville Hope Center - basic needs, firstname.lastname@example.org or come by the office Tues-Fri between 9 am-3 pm at 1437 Myers St in Downtown Oroville
- Butte County Food Bank - 2640 5th Ave #7 Oroville, CA
- Food Pantry at First Christian Church - 5738 Pentz Road, Saturday 11 am-1 pm, Sunday 12-2 pm - bring a bag
- Disaster Relief Center - Mon-Sun, 8 am-8 pm 9205 Skyway Rd Paradise Ca 95969
- For rent relief, click here.
- United Way is giving $500 Visa cards to those whose homes have been destroyed or over 50% damaged. 530-241-7521