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The name for California's Food Stamp Program has changed as a result of recent State law. The new name for the program is "CalFresh". The name change will not change your benefits. The amount of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamp) benefits you receive will not be different because of the name change.

CalFresh was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households.  It does that by increasing their food-buying power, so they are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs.  CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store.

CalFresh benefits are issued via a Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

 

To apply for CalFresh benefits on-line click here

    GetCalFresh.org Link
You can also mail in a CalFresh Application to your local CalFresh Offices   

To download an application, please click one of the preferred languages below:

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CALFRESH SINGLE-DAY BENEFIT ISSUANCE

To ensure that the County of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents, from low-income households, including seniors, people with disabilities, and children, receive critical CalFresh supplemental nutrition benefits without interruption in the month of March, the Department of Public Social Services has been authorized to issue the March CalFresh benefit to eligible households on March 1, 2019.

These are not additional benefits, but an early issuance of the March CalFresh benefit.  There will be no additional benefits issued in the month of March; therefore, households are urged to budget their benefit accordingly to ensure that they have funds available to purchase food in the month of March.

DPSS customers are urged to maximize their CalFresh benefit by taking advantage of the California Market Match program that provides a $10 voucher match when they spend $10 CalFresh benefits at local participating farmers’ markets.  CalFresh customers are encouraged to visit https://ecologycenter.org/fmfinder/ and enter their address to find a local participating farmers’ market.

CalFresh customers may also contact 211 L.A. County, the central source for information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County, by simply dialing 2-1-1.

Please note: 

Households with a Semi-Annual Report (SAR 7) or annual recertification due in the month of February must submit their report with required verifications or complete the recertification process to receive their March CalFresh benefits. Instructions for how to complete a SAR 7 are available on the DPSS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVHHKVH2qb8&t=110s or CalFresh customers may contact the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777 for assistance.

 

 

ALERT!!! Social Media, Telephone and Cell Phone Text Scam!

EBT cardholders continue to receive text messages and/or phone calls from number(s) listed in column 2 below instructing them to call the numbers listed in column 3 below where an automated recording asks them to provide personal information including their EBT 16-digit card number and PIN. When the information is given, the perpetrators then create a card and withdraw funds from the recipient’s accounts. This is a scam. Cardholders should not provide any information. Cardholders who have already provided card numbers and PINs to a third party should call the phone on back of their EBT card and change their PINs or to report their EBT cards as lost or stolen.

 


 

Reporting Entity

Email or Phone Number Client Received message or call from

Telephone Number Client Instructed to Call

Message Received and Additional Information Related to the Incident

Orange County

661-218-2342

Suspicious phone number; called number and they requested texting PII information

A client reported to an eligibility worker in Orange County  that he received a text from 661-218-2342 on 3/25/19, 3/26/19, and 3/29/19.  The text had a link to getcalfresh.org and it requested his personal information and his EBT card #. He uploaded all requested info to that link, except for the EBT card, because he hasn’t received it. He stated he became suspicious because he already submitted the same documents to SSA. He was reminded that OC SSA will not leave a message asking for her EBT card # or PIN and she should not share any EBT or other personal information with unknown third parties. Customer expressed understanding and had no other questions or concerns.

Tulare County

559-547-0379

559-547-0379

Phone number was listed on an EBT 2259

Orange County 

877-837-4417

 

A client reported to an eligibility worker in Orange County  that she received a call from a male by the name of "Kevin" badge # C2030197 from phone 877-837-4417 stated he was calling to inform her that there was a lawsuit case # 12811668100969 against her that was filed in Texas where a car was broken into and her personal info was taken from. "Kevin" stated to client that he was a police investigator and asked the client for her SSN, bank info, DOB and how much money she had on her and in her accounts. Client remembers providing all this info to "Kevin".  Client also states the male on the phone had an accent from another country.  Client was reminded that OC SSA will not leave a message asking for her EBT card # or PIN and she should not share any EBT or other personal information with unknown third parties. Client expressed understanding and had no other questions or concerns.

Sacramento County

916 296-8267

916 426-0551

There seems to be an issue with your EBT account. Please call (916) 426-0551  PLEASE NOTE:  Both phone numbers are active and identify themselves as “Welcome to the California EBT helpline.”

Fresno EBT 2259

559-205-9096

559-205-9096

EBT deposit has been disabled.  Please call 559-205-9096.

Orange County

877-837-4417

877-837-4417

Client received call from a male named Kevin with a badge #C2030197, wanting personal information because of a car theft out of state.

Tulare

559-547-0379

559-547-0379

EBT 2259 stated they received this text phone number that was a scam.

Orange

661-218-2342

661-218-2342

Client reported that he received a text from this number on 3/25/19, 3/26/19 and 3/29/19.

Sacramento County  

(916) 716-6696

(916) 345-1564

C/S he and wife received text message from (916) 716-6696 that read: “Attention Needed for EBT continuation. Contact (916)345 -1564.

Sacramento County  

From 510-203-2179 

510-319-0253

“Attn: EBT cards starting with 5077 please call 510-319-0253."

Non-Client

(559) 547-0379

559-205-7277

Non-Client received a call from 559-547-0379 telling them it was and Alert for their EBT card beginning with 5077 and instructing them to  call 559-205-7277

Madera County  

(559) 288-4254 

(559) 205-9096

Client received text stating Free MSG EBT deposit has been disabled, please contact (559)205-9096.  The text she said came from (559)288-4254.

OSI EBT Project mailbox

714-925-4054

714-925-4054

Non-client received a text from 714-925-4054 to call about an EBT account.

Merced County

209-473-4064

* number not in service

at this time

209-473-4064

Client receiving calls from this phone number.  When she picks up the phone call it is an automated message telling her not to hang up the call, that the county is calling regarding her benefits and by hanging up, it will affect her benefits.  Multiple calls a day.

Sacramento County Client

559-394-0825

916-245-3311

Client received a text message from 559-394-0825 to call 916-245-3311 regarding her EBT card ending in 5077. The client called and was prompted by an automated system to enter her full card number, SSN, and DOB.

Sacramento County Client

559-394-0825 

916-249-0270

Text message from 559-394-0825 read, “Hello EBT Card Holder. Contact 916-249-0270.”

Yuba County

858-230-2706

916-249-0270

EBT Account 5077XX requires your attention.  Please call 916 249-0270

Yuba County

559-704-7634

916-245-3311

Attn: EBT Cardholder.  Please contact us today at +1916 245-3311.

These are working scam phone numbers.

Fresno County - report of electronic theft

951-707-4515

951-707-4515

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

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