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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 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).

    Access additional eligibility criteria.
Apply On-Line with Your Benefits Now

The easiest and quickest way is to apply for CalWORKs online at Your Benefits Now.


Apply by Telephone for CalFresh and Medi-Cal
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.