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CalFresh

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

CalFresh Benefit Allotment

Great News!

As of October 1, 2020, 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 CF 11, Notice to All CalFresh Recipients!

What's Next?

Keeping your CalFresh benefits is as east as 1-2-3! Learn how to maintain your eligibilty with this flyer!

Flyer is also available in the following languages:  

                    Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Korean    Armenian 
                            Tagalog   Cambodian    Vietnamese

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Downloadable Forms

CalFresh Disaster application - emergency use only!!!!!

English   Spanish   Russian   Korean    Armenian    Chinese   Farsi    Tagalog   Cambodian    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.

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!