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:
Attention All EBT Users: EBT Scam Alert
Beware! There is an EBT scam to steal your benefits! If you’ve received a text or phone call asking for your personal information, contact your county right away. Your county and the state will never text or call you requesting your personal information such as your EBT card number and your personal identification number (PIN).
Never give your EBT Card number and PIN to anyone. With this information, someone could steal your benefits. Always keep your PIN and EBT Card number safe and secret.
ALERT!!! Social Media, Telephone and Cell Phone Text Scam!
Clients report receiving text messages and/or phone calls from an unknown number instructing them to call (562) 354-7180, (323) 236-4589, (858) 232-3581, (760) 205-1379, (510) 298-5204 or (323) 215-6198 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.
DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER: (562) 354-7180, (323) 236-4589, (858) 232-3581, (760) 205-1379, (510) 298-5204 or (323) 215-6198
|Telephone Number Client Received Text or Call From||Telephone Number Client Instructed to Call||Additional Information Related to the Incident|
|(562) 354-7180||(562) 354-7180|
|(323) 236-4589||(323) 236-4589||Threatens to hold deposits|
|(858) 232-3581||(858) 232-3581||Alert for EBT Cards beginning with 5077. Please call (858) 232-3581.|
|(760) 205-1379||(760) 205-1379||Recipient instructed via text to call the number to prevent card from being deactivated.|
|(510) 298-5204||(510) 298-5204||The automated message alerts EBT cards beginning in xxxx to call (510) 298-5204. The message tells clients all deposit to their account have been stopped and will not resume until their EBT information is entered.|
|(323) 215-6198||(323) 215-6198||Alert for EBT card beginning with 5077. Please call (323) 215-6198.|
|(858) 230-5184||(760) 205-1379||Alert for EBT card beginning with 5077. Please call (760) 205-1379.|
There’s an EBT SCAM where telephone number (619) 395-0890 is identifying itself as the California EBT customer service helpline. This phone number is not affiliated with the State of California, and it is fraudulently obtaining EBT information from cardholders
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