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Food and Nutrition

We provide food programs to help improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. Review our programs below for more information and eligibility.

CalFresh
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The CalFresh Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) improves the nutrition of people in low income households by increasing their food-buying power so that they are able to purchase sufficient food to meet their household’s needs. 

If you are eligible for CalFresh assistance, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card. You can use your EBT card to purchase food items at grocery stores and Farmers’ Markets.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card
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The Golden State Advantage Card was implemented in 2004 as a new way of accessing your Cash and/or CalFresh.

Restaurant Meals Program
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The Restaurant Meals Program allows homeless, disabled, and elderly (age 60 and over) receiving CalFresh benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants.

CalFresh Outreach
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Here are additional resources for further interest in the CalFresh program. There is an Outreach Toolkit to assist agencies in conducting the most effective CalFresh outreach possible, a list of community partners to assist the public with applying for CalFresh benefits, and more.