Changes to California's SNAP Program
California has officially been approved to allow food stamp recipients to buy groceries online.
California will be allowed to participate in an ongoing pilot program experimenting with giving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients the option to use their benefits to shop for groceries online. This will allow nearly 5 million more people to use online shopping services that often include delivery.
California is expected to launch its SNAP online program by the end of the month.
This week Governor Newsom signed 3 new executive orders:
- Upcoming Special Local Elections: Three local special elections that have been scheduled for May and June will be held as all-mail ballot elections. Local election officials can also make in-person voting available, to ensure every voter has an opportunity to vote, but only in a manner consistent with public health and safety, including appropriate physical distancing.
The upcoming elections impacted are a May 19, 2020 special recall election in the City of Santa Ana; a June 2, 2020 special municipal election scheduled in the City of Commerce; and a special recall election in the El Rancho Unified School District, also scheduled for June 2, 2020.
- Support for Older Adults and Vulnerable Young Children: The order will allow for a 60-day waiver for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue their work and be able to care for older adults, as well as individuals with disabilities.
- Help the state procure necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19.