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.
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 not disabled, do not have dependent children under age 18
Working 20 hours per week, or are participating in the Workfare program (this requirement is waived until 8/31/2020)
Are not disabled and do not have dependent children under age 18, AND you are working 20 hours per week, participating in an Employment and Training activity, or meet an exemption (this requirement is waived until 8/31/2020).