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Clarification of Food Stamp Household


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: 05-111, 05-212

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: July 2005

Subject: Clarification of CalFresh Household

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 245—Determining Eligibility For Free And Reduced Price Meals And Free Milk In Schools; U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Eligibility Guidance Manual for Schools; and U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Eligibility Guidance Manual for Child Care.

This Management Bulletin is being issued to clarify that all children who are members of a household currently certified to receive CalFresh are categorically eligible for free meal benefits.

Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 245.2 provides the following definitions:

(b) Family means a group of related or nonrelated individuals, who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit.

(c) CalFresh Household means any individual or group of individuals which is currently certified to receive assistance as a household under the CalFresh Program.

(d–2) Household means ‘‘family’’ as defined in Section 245.2(b)

7 CFR Part 226.2 provides the following definitions:

Family means, in the case of children, a group of related or nonrelated individuals, who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit or, in the case of adult participants, the adult participant, and if residing with the adult participant, the spouse and dependent(s) of the adult participant.


Household means “family,” as defined in Section 226.2 (“Family”).

In their eligibility manuals for school and child care meal programs, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) further defines a household “as a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution or boarding house but who are living as one economic unit. This means they generally reside in the same house and share expenses such as rent, utilities and food.”

The above definitions of household do not apply to either a foster child or institutionalized child as defined in the USDA’s guidance manuals:

  • Foster Child - A foster child is a child who is living with a household but who remains the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court.
  • Institutionalized Child - An institutionalized child is a child who resides in a residential type facility that the state has determined is not a boarding school. Such a child is considered a household of one.

If you have any questions, please contact your Nutrition Services Division representative in the Field Services Unit at 916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609.

Questions:   School Nutrition Programs Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 8, 2016
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