First of all, regarding the state of California, CalFresh, California’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides monthly food assistance to low-income households that meet eligibility guidelines. And benefits are distributed monthly to CalFresh accounts linked to CalFresh EBT cards. According to the California Department of Social Services, some farmers markets give CalFresh recipients twice the amount of produce they pay for. Simply swipe your EBT card in the card reader machine and enter your PIN to use your benefits. Make sure to keep your receipt, which shows your current SNAP account balance after making your purchase. California also participates in the Restaurant Meals Program, a state option that allows certain SNAP recipients who might not be able to prepare meals for themselves to be able to buy prepared meals at restaurants with their SNAP benefits. CalFresh benefits are distributed over the first 10 days of each month. The date your benefits are deposited onto your CalFresh EBT card depends on the last digit of your case number. Benefits are deposited on the assigned day, even if that day is a weekend or holiday. Here’s the CalFresh EBT deposit schedule for July 2022:
As for the state of Texas, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission sends out benefits to SNAP accounts once per month which are linked to Texas Lone Star Cards, the state’s version of the federal EBT card. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase most foods, seeds and plants to grow food, excluding food that is hot when sold or food that is sold to be eaten in the store. Texas has a program that simplifies the SNAP application process for households in which all members are either older adults (age 60 and older) or people with disabilities, called Texas Simplified Application Project (or TSAP). The program provides three years of benefits instead of six months. The date you receive your Texas SNAP food benefits is based on the last digit in your Eligibility Determination Group number and benefits are deposited onto Lone Star Cards over 15 days, beginning on the 1st of the month. Here is the July SNAP schedule for Texas Lone Star Card benefits:
As for the full list of states offering extended P-EBT benefits through the month of July, we currently have this list of 16 states so far that have been granted waivers.
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, to find out the exact date that your benefits will be issued, head over to fns.usda.gov/snap and click on your individual state’s approval extension document, which will display the exact date or date range of payment issuance.