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The CalFresh Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) helps low-income households increase their food-buying power to meet their household’s nutritional needs. CalFresh benefits issued through Electronic Benefit Transfer, also known as EBT card, can be used in grocery stores and participating Farmers Markets. Homeless, elderly or disabled persons may purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants with their EBT card. Effective June 1, 2019, SSI/SSP recipients in California are also eligible for CalFresh benefits, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

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Basic Eligibility
Generally, you may be eligible to CalFresh benefits if you:
  • Receive CalWORKS or General Relief
  • Have low-income or no income
  • Have limited property
  • Are a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident
  • Are an immigrant that meet certain criteria
  • Receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)

      Access additional eligibility criteria

Minimum requirements to file a CalFresh application:

1. Applicant’s full name and
2. Household’s address (unless homeless, district address is acceptable), and
3. Signature of the Head of household, any adult household member, an authorized representative, or a responsible household member.

CalFresh Benefit Allotment

Great News!

As of October 1, 2021, all CalFresh customers will see a 5% INCREASE to their monthly benefit amount. This increase is a result of a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

To learn more, view the CalFresh Program Fact Sheet!

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Disaster CalFresh -
Downloadable Forms

CF 385, CalFresh Disaster application - emergency use only!!!!!

CF 385 English   CF 385 Spanish   CF 385 Russian   CF 385 Korean    CF 385 Armenian    CF 385 Chinese   CF 385 Farsi    CF 385 Tagalog   CF 385 Cambodian    CF 385 Vietnamese

Apply On-Line with Your Benefits Now

The easier and quickest way to apply for CalFresh is online at Your Benefits Now!

Apply by Telephone!
You can apply by phone. Call the Customer Service Center (CSC) (866) 613-3777 to have an application mailed to you.

Apply In Person
You can apply In person at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.

You can also apply for CalFresh benefits in the following methods:

- In person through a Drop Box located at any DPSS District Offices
- In person with any CalFresh Outreach partners
- By Mail to any local DPSS District offices
- By Fax at (310) 215-8220.

Customer Service Center Hours of Operation

The Customer Service Center is available to assist you:

  • Monday – Friday from 7:30AM – 7:30PM
  • Saturdays from 8:00AM – 4:30PM

We are closed on all Sundays and County Holidays. 

If you don’t have access to the internet to apply for CalFresh online, please use this to find the nearest internet hotspots to you!