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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

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 eligibility with this flyer!

Flyer is also available in the following languages:  

                    Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Korean    Armenian 
                            Tagalog   Cambodian    Vietnamese

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Disaster CalFresh -
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!

Meal Delivery Services

Meals on Wheels America is an organization that is dedicated to addressing elderly/senior isolation and hunger, no matter their income. Please use their provider search page to find a program near you! 

"Great Plates Delivered" Program

A program that focuses on providing support for adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19 and adults 65 and older, in staying home and staying healthy by delivering 3 healthy meals a day. Please visit the "Great Plates Delivered" webpage to apply today!|

You can find more information about this program in this Frequently Asked Questions page.

Elderly Nutrition Programs (ENP)

Human Services Association - Phillip Murray Housing is providing grab and go meals for older adults in the Southeastern area of Los Angeles County. Meals are served Monday through Friday, between 11:00am and 12:00pm. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 24 hours in advance at 1 (562) 806-5400. Donations are accepted; no one is turned away due to inability.

The Home-Delivered Meals Program is designed specifically for home-bound individuals. This valuable program not only delivers a nutritious meal on a daily basis, but also serves as a mechanism to check up on the client, thereby providing an additional safety inspection and furthering the ability for him or her to remain home. Call 1 (800) 510-2020 for more information.

California Aging and Adult Information Phone Line

Call 1 (800) 510-2020 for meals and other resources services from LA County and the City of LA.