You have the right to ask for a hearing if you think there is something wrong with your CalFresh case. You can also ask for a hearing if you think you were incorrectly denied for CalFresh.
The county office will send you a written Notice of Action before it stops, reduces or changes your benefits. If you think the action is wrong you can ask for a hearing. If you request a hearing before the change takes place, your benefits will continue as normal until the hearing or your certification period ends.
A hearing is a meeting with people from the CalFresh office and it is run by a person called a hearing official who must be fair and does not work for your local CalFresh office. If you don’t want to go to the hearing along, you can bring a friend or someone with you.
How to ask for a hearing:
Call toll free: 1-800-952-5253 OR
Fill out the back of any Notice of Action
For free help with a hearing:
Contact your local legal aid office
If you need an interpreter, the state can provide one for free.
You should receive notice of the time, date and place of the hearing at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
You can request to review your case file prior to the hearing.
The county will prepare a position statement to present at the hearing. You can request a copy of the statement two business days before the hearing.
You should receive a hearing and hearing decision no later than 60 days after the day the hearing was requested.