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CalFresh and EBT News and Updates

CalFresh benefits can now be used to purchase groceries online at Aldi through the Instacart App! Your EBT card also works online with Amazon, Walmart, and select Albertsons, Safeway, and Vons locations!
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Important Information for New Applicants and Current CalFresh Customers!

Temporary Student Rule Change:

CalFresh eligibility has been temporarily expanded to:

  1. College students who are eligible to state or federal work study at their colleges. It is not required that a student be approved for work study and anticipate working. Verification of Work Study eligibility may include, but is not limited to, a letter from the financial aid office or a completed work study verification form confirming work study eligibility; and
  2. College students who are determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to have a zero dollar Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the current school year. Verification of a zero dollar EFC may include, but is not limited to, a letter from CSAC confirming a zero dollar EFC for the current school year, a student’s Student Aid Report, or a financial aid offer letter.

Still have questions? Read this Questions and Answers fact sheet.

If you meet either of the above conditions, apply for CalFresh today!

Interview Waivers:

Initial Certification and Recertification Interviews are not required if all of the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • If a complete application is received and it has been determined that the information provided on the application is not questionable or no further clarification is needed,
  • If the identity of the applicant/participant is verified, and
  • If there is no mandatory verification missing.

However, if the County determines that the information provided is questionable or requires additional clarification, an interview will be required.

Interview waivers are in effect until December 31, 2021. 

Important Information for Existing CalFresh Customers:

  • CalFresh benefits have been temporarily increased by 15% for all CalFresh households, effective January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. 
  • If you or anyone in your CalFresh household are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) benefits, it will not be counted towards your CalFresh income eligibility.
  • If you have not received the CalFresh Emergency Allotments for your household for the month of March, April or May 2021, emergency allotment benefits were issued on June 13, 2021.

    For any emergency allotments not received for the month of April, May or June 2021, it will be issued on July 18, 2021. You do not need to contact us or apply for these benefits.   
    Note: Effective with the April 2021 Emergency Allotments issued in May 2021, all active CalFresh households will receive a minimum of $95 in Emergency Allotment benefits.


Reporting Entity

Email or Phone Number Client Received message or call from

Telephone Number Client Instructed to Call

Message Received and Additional Information Related to the Incident

San Luis Obispo County Client 

714-618-2834 and 714-420-7403

The client was instructed to click a link to access their available food stamps.

The client received multiple text messages stating that they have food stamp funds available, but they need to fill out a form to receive them. The text messages contained a link for completing the form.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important for you to protect your identity and case information. DPSS will never ask for you to click on suspicious links or for your personal security PIN. If you suspect that you are a victim of any scams, call Customer Service (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 1-877-328-9677 or 
1-800-735-2929 (for Telecommunication Relay Services for the hearing/speech) for help right away.

¡Más Fresco! is a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Community Health, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Northgate Gonzalez Market.

The program provides financial incentives to CalFresh households when they purchase fresh fruits and vegetables using their EBT card at participating Northgate Markets in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.

¡Más Fresco! is now available to CalFresh recipients via online enrollment. CalFresh recipients who enroll in the ¡Más Fresco! More Fresh Program will be randomly assigned to receive either $2 or $4 in rebate dollars for every $1 of Calfresh EBT dollars spent on fruits and vegetables at participating Northgate González Markets, up to $100 per month.

The following LA County locations of Northgate Market are participating in this program:

  • 10801 Prairie Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90303
  • 944 E. Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Visit the ¡Más Fresco! for more information! You can also click the banner above to visit the website!

Pandemic EBT

To prepare for P-EBT 2.0, eligible families with school aged children should ensure their most current mailing address is updated with their schools. Eligible families will not have to submit an application for P-EBT 2.0. When P-EBT 2.0 begins, cards will be mailed directly to eligible children based on the mailing address on file with their school.

Families that have already received a P-EBT card and need assistance with PIN set-up, need to request a replacement card, or did not receive their card in the mail as expected, may contact the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 for help.

The P-EBT Helpline can only help families that expected to receive a card in the mail or already received a P-EBT card. The P-EBT Helpline cannot assist with P-EBT eligibility issues or issue P-EBT benefits.