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California: 2023 Changes in Food Stamps Changes

Check out the new changes in California Food Stamps for the fiscal year 2023. (Photo: iStock | Getty Images)
Check out the new changes in California Food Stamps for the fiscal year 2023. (Photo: iStock | Getty Images)

USDA’s Economic Research Service revealed the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data from November 2022 to December 2022. The data show a 9.9% increase in food prices where grocery or supermarket store purchases and restaurant purchases have risen to 11.4% and 8.3%, respectively.

The USDA has listed some of their predicted price changes in the following food categories

Expected Food Categories to Increase Price Predicted Percent Expected Food Categories to Decrease Price Predicted Percent
Egg +27.3% Pork -3.0%
Fats and oils +16.5% Beef and veal prices -1.8%
Other meats +12.8% Fresh fruit -1.7%
Cereals and bakery products +12.0%
Sugar and sweets +10.6%
Processed fruits and vegetables +9.6%
Nonalcoholic beverages +8.7%
Dairy products +8.0%
Other foods +6.8%


The predicted price changes will have a big impact on Calfresh recipients. iCaliforniaFoodStamps have discussed the food stamps changes in 2023 that could affect the benefits.

CalFresh give updates on the changes in food stamps for the fiscal year 2023. (Photo: Supermarket News)

CalFresh gives updates on the changes in food stamps for the fiscal year 2023. (Photo: Supermarket News)

California Food Stamps Increase

If you are qualified for food stamps in California, your benefit will depend on the household size, total household income, and the USDA Thrifty Food Plan.

According to iCaliforniaFoodStamps, the Thrifty Food Plan refers to a government estimate of the budget, it needs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals. If you would like to know how to calculate the maximum benefit you will receive, see our post on: Food Stamps to Increase by 12.5% Due to Inflation


Income Limits for CalFresh

The USDA is responsible for setting the Income Eligibility Standards for SNAP which are used to perform an income test on all applicants for food stamp benefits.

The income test requires most households to have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL). But, if the household has a member aged 60 or above or disabled, only the income limit must be met.

You can refer to the following chart to see if your household’s income meets the 2023 SNAP Eligibility Requirements for the fiscal year 2023

Fiscal Year 2023 CalFresh Income Eligibility Standards. Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

Household Size Monthly Gross Income (200% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL) Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $2,265 $1,473 $1,133
2 $3,052 $1,984 $1,526
3 $3,839 $2,495 $1,920
4 $4,625 $3,007 $2,313
5 $5,412 $3,518 $2,706
6 $6,199 $4,029 $3,100
7 $6,985 $4,541 $3,493
8 $7,772 $5,052 $3,886
Each Additional Household Member
Add $787 $512 $394

Also Read: Food Stamps: Apply for CalFresh Benefits For A Family Of Four and Receive Up To $835

Deductions Allowable in 2023

The following list is the approved household expenses that can be deducted from your gross monthly income to get your net monthly income.

  • Earned income is subject to a 20% deduction.
  • Deduction for dependent care when required for work, training, or education
  • A standard deduction of $193 for one to four-person households, $225 for five-person households, and $226 for six or more person households.
  • A deduction for medical expenses incurred by an elderly or disabled member that exceed $35 per month (if not paid by insurance or someone else)
  • Child support payments that are legally owed can be deducted.
  • A $166.81 shelter cost deduction for homeless households
  • A deduction for excess shelter costs that exceed more than half of the household’s income (after all other deductions, but not exceeding $624 unless a household member is elderly or disabled).


Increase in the CalFresh Resources Limit

A household must report income changes above $125 a month to continue receiving SNAP. The USDA said there would be a $250 to $2,750 increase in the resources limit for households applying for food stamps for the 48 states and the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Households with at least one person aged 60 and above or disabled will increase from $500 to $4,250.

Read More: SNAP Benefits Schedule: Will Californians Receive Food Stamps This Month?

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