Recipients of government assistance who suffered food losses during last month’s fires in Anza and Banning have until Friday to file claims to possibly recoup some or all of what perished.

According to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, CalFresh recipients impacted by the “Rock” and “Westward” fires may be eligible for additional aid if they can show their state-funded food supplies were destroyed or depleted because of the blazes.

The Rock Fire charred about 300 acres and destroyed several residences between Aug. 24-27 in the area of Gully View and Rock Canyon roads in Anza, while the Westward Fire burned 160 acres on the south end of Banning at the end of August.

“Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered losses in these fires,” DPSS Assistant Director of Self-Sufficiency Services Allison Gonzalez said. “Our customers have a lot to focus on during the recovery, and we don’t want them to be worrying about where their next meal is coming from when we are here to help.”

DPSS has until the end of business Friday to process claims.

In addition to the fire victims, all CalFresh recipients impacted by the power outages in the North Shore area at the start of the month can also file claims to recover losses. But they have until Sept. 30.

The southeast Coachella Valley was hammered by thunderstorms and high winds on Aug. 30, resulting in 33 utility poles being toppled. About 1,400 people lost electricity, and for over 600 residents, power was not restored for five days, requiring them to be temporarily housed in hotels to escape the heat.

To file claims, CalFresh recipients should contact DPSS at 877-410-8827, or visit a local DPSS branch office. More information is available at

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