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CalFresh ABAWD Volunteer Hours

The Food Bank welcomes those seeking volunteer hours to fulfill the requirements of their CalFresh ABAWD status.

There are new time limits for certain CalFresh recipients in Contra Costa County.

Beginning September 1, 2019, Contra Costa residents who are considered to have Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) status will only be able to receive three months of CalFresh benefits unless they comply with specific work requirements or meet an exemption. To help find out if you meet the ABAWD criteria, or have an exemption, visit One way to meet the new work requirement is to volunteer with a nonprofit organization like the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

In order to request volunteer hours to fulfill the requirements of your CalFresh ABAWD status, please read the Food Bank’s policy and submit the online application.

Verifying ABAWD Volunteer Service

As a registered volunteer, you may access and print your total volunteer hours via your online Volunteer Portal account.

You can also print and track hours with this form:

ABAWD Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet

If you need an official letter verifying your service, please read the following:

  • Letters verifying service may be requested only after completing all scheduled hours to fulfill your community service requirements.
  • Volunteer service verifications requested on official letterhead may be requested by emailing
  • Please allow up to 10 business days, after you have submitted your email request, for processing.
  • Verification letters will be emailed as a pdf. If you need to pick up a hard copy of your letter, you will need to make arrangements by emailing the Volunteer Help Desk at

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