Food stamps: March SNAP payments worth up to $1,751 for California residents to be sent in three days

California will start sending benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to qualified low-income residents for March in the next three days.

The SNAP program will begin issuing payments on the 1st of the month and continue until the 10th. Payments are distributed to qualified low-income households depending on recipients’ case numbers.

For example, California recipients with case numbers ending in 1 will receive their CalFresh benefits on Friday, March 1, and the payment dates continue until March 10, when those with case numbers ending in 0 will receive their payments.

The exact payout a household will receive depends on several factors, including household size, income limits, and additional assets. The maximum payment is $291 for a household of one, $973 for a household of four, and $1,751 for a household of eight. Up to $219 is added to a household’s food stamps for each member after eight.

SNAP benefits are loaded on an electronic benefits transfer card every month. Recipients can use the card at grocery stores to purchase eligible food products such as fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, poultry, and drinks. However, they are barred from using SNAP benefits for products such as pet food, alcohol, and household items such as paper and soap.


Around 13% of California’s population receives CalFresh assistance, amounting to nearly 5 million Californians, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

To apply for SNAP benefits, receive more information on how to apply, or monitor CalFresh benefits, Californians can visit the government portal through the California Department of Social Services.

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