Food Assistance • Food Stamps • SNAP • Food
CalFresh provides financial assistance to allow low income families and individuals to purchase nutritious food. Benefits come in the form of an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) "debit" card and can be used to purchase food, or seeds and plants grown for food. They may not be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, pet food, cleaning supplies, or other non-food items.
-You may be eligible for CalFresh if you:
-Receive CalWORKs or General Relief
-Have limited income or no income (at or below 200% of federal poverty level)
-Have limited property
-Are a U.S. Citizen or legal resident
-Are able-bodied, do not have children under 18, and are working 20 hours per week or are in the Workfare program.
-Individuals receiving SSI/SSP and undocumented individuals are not eligible for benefits.
- This service is free
How to Apply
Walk in to apply for benefits, or apply online. You can also apply by mail. Call the Customer Service Center at 866-613-3777 to request an application be mailed to you.
Once your application has been submitted, an Eligibility Worker will interview you and review your application to determine your eligibility and benefits. The process must be completed within 30 days. You may qualify for expedited services if you do not have money to pay for food, housing, and utilities.