Community Resources and Self-Help
Tools to assist CalFresh applicants and recipients
Community partners can use the FNS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-screening Eligibility Tool for outreach and help in determining potential eligibility to CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps).
Income Tax Assistance
Free tax preparation services are available for low-to moderate-income individuals and families (generally, $49,000 and below) at Thrive San Diego – IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Qualified individuals and families can get up to $5,600 (with children) or $457 (no children) in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Getting EITC dollars will not affect CalWORKs, CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits. Call 2-1-1 to find a free tax preparation site near you and to get more information. You can also log on to http://www.thrivesandiego.org/index_files/aboutvita.htm
Information for Senior Centers and Delivered Meals
- Senior centers that have communal dining can apply to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to be an authorized CalFresh retailer.
- Meals may be purchased from a non-profit meal delivery service authorized by (FNS) to accept CalFresh benefits.
The flier “CalFresh for Senior Centers and Delivered Meals,” provides information on how to request authorization from FNS to be an authorized CalFresh retailer.
The Quarterly Eligibility/Status Report QR 7 (also known as the QR 7) is a form all recipients of CalWORKs (cash aid) and some CalFresh households must complete, sign and send to the County, along with verifications, every quarter in order to maintain eligibility to CalWORKs and/or CalFresh.