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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

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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Pursuant to the recent Presidential disaster declaration for Individual Assistance pertaining to the Woolsey wildfire, Los Angeles County will be operating Disaster CalFresh for the below thirteen zip codes that were directly impacted in early November 2018.  These zip codes are:

90263, 90264, 90265, 90290, 91012, 91301, 91302, 91304, 91307, 91311, 91361, 91362, and 91372.

Los Angeles County will begin accepting Disaster CalFresh applications beginning Monday, December 3, 2018, through Monday, December 10, 2018.  Disaster CalFresh provides temporary food assistance for Households affected by a natural disaster. It provides only one month of benefits to eligible disaster survivors. To apply for Disaster CalFresh benefits, visit your nearest DPSS district office no later than December 10, 2018.

CalFresh Replacement Requests and Purchase of Hot Foods:

CalFresh households that have experienced a loss of perishable foods due to the recent Woolsey Fire which begun on Thursday, November 8, 2018, in Southern California bordering Ventura and Los Angeles (L.A.) counties may be eligible for replacement.  These households may also use their CalFresh benefits to purchase hot food products from participating retailers through December 17, 2018.

The CalFresh Program allows for the replacement of CalFresh benefits when food purchased with CalFresh benefits was destroyed in a household misfortune/disaster, such as but not limited to, a fire, flood, extreme heat causing power outages, etc.

To report loss of food and apply for replacement CalFresh benefits, please complete the EBT 18, Affidavit/Authorization for Replacement of CalFresh Benefits at your nearest DPSS district office as soon as possible but no later than December 10, 2018.

Mass Replacement of CalFresh Benefits:

If you are a current CalFresh household and reside within zip codes 90263, 90290, 90265, or 91302, you have been identified as a household who have experienced power outage for extended period because of the fire.  Therefore, DPSS is automatically replacing 60% of your CalFresh benefits for the month of November.  The replacement benefits will be available on your EBT card on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

For more information on replacement CalFresh benefits, or on how to apply for CalFresh (food benefits), Medi-Cal (health insurance), CalWORKs and General Relief (cash assistance), please call (562) 776-7001.



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.




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