Important CalFresh Nutrition Benefits

Families,

Many of our MPUSD students and their families participate in the CalFresh Nutrition Benefits, and we want to share IMPORTANT information that may impact our families. Please NOTE: February CalFresh benefits will be deposited into EBT accounts in January. These are NOT ADDITIONAL benefits. They are February benefits provided early due to impacts from the federal government shut down. Additionally, March benefits may not be available if the federal government shutdown continues.

Excerpt from CDSS Press Release issued yesterday:

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that CalFresh nutrition assistance benefits for the month of February will be issued EARLY, to most client’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) accounts, on January 16, 2019. The early issuance of February benefits is necessary to access federal funds that no longer will be available as the federal government’s shutdown continues. “We have a window of opportunity to ensure children and families across our state have the nutrition assistance they need for the month of February,” says Pat Leary, Acting Director. “We are asking everyone receiving CalFresh to please be aware that although benefits are being issued early, they should plan ahead to ensure these benefits last through the month of February.”

We encourage our families who receive their February CalFresh benefits early to plan their food budget ahead knowing that the benefits deposited early will be the ONLY benefits provided through the end of February. These are not 'extra' or 'additional' benefits, and no EBT deposits will be issued in February.

New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited services are available, as usual. The EBT system continues to be operational.

Please note, unless the federal shutdown is resolved, benefits for March MAY NOT be available. If we receive federal guidance about March, we will keep you informed.

We also want to remind families that many MPUSD students qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. Take advantage of these meals, and if you aren't already participating please visit our website to complete the application.

Thank you.