CFAP Food Assistant Program
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CFAP Food Assistant Program

Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 9:49 am
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The California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is a state-funded food stamps type of program that is available in California.  It is for people who are considered to be qualified non-citizens of the United States who do not qualify for other federal benefits.  The benefits from CFAP are issued through the same case as the federal food stamp benefits.

Food assistance programs are designed to help low-income people to be able to provide food for their families.  These are the people whose income level is so low that they need more financial help than what they can get if they Print Grocery coupons or get Coupons in the mail.

All food assistance programs come with a series of qualifications.  The CFAP program is connected to the CalFresh and SNAP program.  You may have heard that the SNAP program is the new name for the food stamps program.  Originally, people actually received stamps.  Later, this was changed, and people started receiving Coupons in the mail.

Today, the SNAP program issues benefits through an electronic debit card.

To qualify for the CFAP program, you have to be a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) non-citizen.  You would also have to be ineligible for the federal food stamp program solely due to your immigration status.  You have to have been legally residing in the United States as a LPR non-citizen prior to August 22, 1996.  Or, you can qualify if you have been, or are being, battered or abused.

The CFAP program is extremely similar to CalFresh or SNAP program in terms of the food products that a person can use their benefits to purchase.  Just like with the other food assistance programs, it is acceptable for a person to Print Grocery coupons or to sign up to receive Coupons in the mail and use all of those coupons along with the CFAP benefits.

The CalFresh website says that it includes all foods that are designed for human consumption, and seeds and plants to grow food for your family to eat.  This means that the CFAP program would include the same food products.  Go ahead and Print Grocery coupons for your favorite brands, and use them when you are at the grocery store, and using your CFAP benefits to buy food for your family. You cannot use CFAP benefits to buy pet food, soap, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or medicines.

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