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California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

The State of California provides state-funded CalFresh food benefits through CFAP for qualified non-citizens who do not qualify for federal benefits. CFAP benefits are issued through the same case as federal CalFresh benefits.

Great News! Soon all California immigrants age 55 years or older will be able to get CFAP food benefits regardless of immigration status as long as they meet all of the other CalFresh eligibility criteria. With this change, all Californians age 55 years or older, regardless of their immigration status, will be able to receive a monthly food benefit to help meet their basic needs.

CFAP Expansion

Important! This benefit is not available yet. The CFAP expansion will be implemented on October 1, 2025. Visit the CDSS web page for more information on CFAP expansion at

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) CFAP team would like you to take a survey to help the CFAP expansion process. The survey asks questions about the food situation in your home and how the CFAP expansion will benefit your household. The best person to answer the survey would be an adult who shops for food or helps prepare meals. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. The survey is optional and will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. Use this link to complete the survey: CFAP Expansion Participant Stories Survey

Please feel free to forward this survey to anyone who might be interested in participating. For more information contact