How to Use

CalFresh benefits can be used for a wide range of products, but there are some restrictions. They may be used to buy:

  • any food meant for human use, and 
  • plants and seeds grown for food and sold in grocery stores.

They may not be used for:

  • pet food 
  • laundry, household, or paper supplies, 
  • tobacco 
  • alcohol

The ELECTRONIC BENEFIT CARD (EBT) replaced CalFresh coupons and functions as a debit card. Participants will no longer be required to go to issuance outlets. The participant will use the EBT card at most markets where they shop now.

Benefits Issuance Chart

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Benefits Issuance Chart

The value of your CalFresh benefits depends on the size of your eligible household and other eligibility factors, so we can't give you an exact answer here. But your Eligibility Worker will figure it out and tell you.

These are benefit amounts your household would receive if your household had no income.


Number of Eligible People in Household CalFresh Benefits Dollar Value
1 $194
3 $509
6 $921
8 $1,164

Amounts Effective October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020