Food Assistance Demand Expected to Rise in Coming Months Due to CalFresh (Food Stamps) Emergency Allotments Ending

Community members wait for a Yolo Food Bank "Eat Well Yolo" food distribution to begin
Yolo Food Bank is currently serving 29% of total Yolo County households through our direct distributions and partner agencies. This number is expected to rise due to CalFresh – also known as Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — ending its emergency allotments in March 2023.


As 2023 begins to unfold, Yolo Food Bank and many other food banks statewide are grappling with the reality of emergency CalFresh allotments ending soon. The emergency allotments were a temporary increase to regular CalFresh benefit amounts. This allowed households to receive an extra monthly payment of at least $95.

Yolo County remains the most impoverished county in California with a 17.2% poverty rate (according to recent data from the Public Policy Institute of California), during a time of continued economic hardships. At a glance, Yolo Food Bank provides monthly food assistance to approximately 21,500 of the more than 75,400 households in Yolo County through:

  • 145 direct food distribution events that nourish 13,000+ households*
  • 84 partner agencies serving 8,500 households*

To meet the demand, we’re is working closely with our partner agencies, which include homeless and domestic violence shelters, mental health facilities, recovery centers, migrant centers, senior meal delivery programs, college campuses and more; along with 1,200+ individual volunteers and 75+ corporate and community groups who assist with our efforts county-wide. Together, our community of food and fund donors, volunteers, partner agencies, and supporters of all kinds are prepared to support families across the county no matter what the year holds in store.

Learn more about the CalFresh program from the California Department of Social Services

* Some households may be accessing food at multiple distribution sites

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