CalFresh recipients can apply for replacement of value of food lost during recent storms — but deadline is within 10 days of loss

Jan. 19, 2023 UPDATE:

CalFresh customers residing in Sonoma County who lost food due to storm-related impacts on or after Jan. 7, 2023 should contact the County of Sonoma regarding the filing deadline.

Original post follows:

A succession of winter storms is causing flooding, power outages, and landslides around California and at least three more atmospheric rivers are forecast over the next week.

Cal Fresh recipients who lost food as a result can apply for partial or total replacement of the value of the food lost or spoiled.

To apply, clients need to fill out and submit the CF303 form within 10 days of their loss.

Link to form in English

Link to form in Spanish

That means, clients who were impacted by the first storm on Jan. 4, 2023 will need to submit the form by Jan. 14, 2023.

On the form, clients must report the reason for the food loss (power outage, flood damage, evacuation, etc.) and when possible, an estimate of the amount of loss. There is a calculation that can be applied to households who are not sure of the amount, but having an estimate helps.

How to apply for replacement of value

Clients can submit the electronically via or

Additionally, clients may come to either of the following County offices M-F 8am-4pm:

  • 2550 Paulin Dr SR; 5350 Old Redwood Hwy N, Ste 100, Petaluma, CA
  • 2227 Capricorn Way, #100, Santa Rosa, CA

Or call the Economic Assistance Service Center M-F 9am-3:30pm at 877-699-6868

Waiver of 10-day rule for Humboldt and Santa Cruz County residents recently impacted

US Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver of the 10-day requirement for Humboldt and Santa Cruz Counties, which were both hit by widespread power outages on Dec. 31, 2022. Impacted households would have until Jan. 30, 2023, to report food loss and request replacement of regular CalFresh benefits and emergency allotments.

CalFresh clients can apply for replacement of loss caused by any disaster or household misfortune

Current CalFresh recipients may apply for partial or total replacement of the value of food lost or spoiled if they are affected by any one of the following:

  • A local disaster, such as a fire, flood or earthquake;
  • Power outage, planned or unexpected;
  • Household misfortune, such as a house fire resulting in loss of food purchased with CalFresh benefits.

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