The year 2022 will best be remembered for the cost of living crisis that engulfed the United States of America. Despite leaving the worst of the pandemic behind, American citizens were forced to contend with higher prices for everyday items such as groceries, gas, and other utilities as a combination of supply chain issues and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting sanctions imposed on Russian oil imports sent the price of gas skyrocketing.
So bad was the rate of Inflation that the American Federal Reserve was forced to implement a series of interest rate hikes to help curb the runaway inflation rate, which is estimated to be 7.1 percent for the past year.
The resulting increases meant that a greater number of people started to rely on welfare schemes such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to help them meet their basic needs. In fact, no more was this phenomenon more apparent than in the state of California, which featured the highest average gas prices across the country for a large part of the year.
With the first half of 2023 also likely to feature an increased cost of living, it might be prudent to avail certain welfare schemes such as SNAP if you meet the required criteria.
In the state of California, the SNAP welfare benefit has been rebranded as CalFresh. The eligibility criteria needed to qualify for CalFresh are left to the discretion of the state with the key determinant being the monthly gross income, which is set to 200 percent below the poverty line or a gross income of below 1,133 dollars for a single-person household.
Usually, you will either be approved or declined CalFresh benefits 30 days after your submission.
You can check the status of your application by calling the CalFresh hotline, which is 1-877-847-3663. I’m The service is available in an array of languages including English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Russian.
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