What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is the name for the federal Food Stamps Program in California. In most other states, this program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Your family may qualify for CalFresh. CalFresh is a nutrition program that helps you feed your family healthy meals every day.

The CalFresh benefit is provided in an EBT debit card that looks like any other debit card. You can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets just like you would any other debit card.

Every CalFresh dollar you spend generates $1.79 for the local economy. Everyone benefits when people are able to buy healthy foods from their local grocery store or farmers’ market.

Who is Eligible for CalFresh?

CalFresh is available to individuals and families with low incomes. Citizens and most legal residents are eligible. Undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible, but can apply for their children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens.

Even if you have applied for CalFresh before, you should try again. New legislation has passed to increase access and you may be eligible now even if you weren’t before.

You can qualify even if you:

  • Earn money from a job
  • Get unemployment benefits
  • Get general assistance/relief
  • Get child support
  • Are part of CalWORKs
  • Get disability benefits
  • Have money in savings
  • Are a college student with financial aid

Your friends at the Foodbank are always glad to help you with your CalFresh application. With our help, you can have a better chance of being approved. In just 20 minutes, our bilingual staff can help you fill out the application on the phone. We also submit the application to the CalFresh office on your behalf. It’s that easy.

Call us at (805) 967-5741

You can also fill out the form below and we will call you. And if you have any questions, just call us. We’re here to help!

Get Help with Your CalFresh Application

Your Name *

Phone Number*

Best Time to be Reached*

Number of people in household (you buy & prepare food with*)

Monthly Income (Gross)*

Are you receiving SSI? (As of June 1, 2019, SSI/SSP recipients ARE ELIGIBLE to apply for Calfresh benefits)*

Your Email*

You will be contacted within 48 hours by a Calfresh representative from the Foodbank.

To find more information about CALFresh at the state level: 1.877.847.3663

Attention Agencies and Community Organizations

If you are a Foodbank Nonprofit Partner or other community organization and would like more information about our CalFresh Outreach program, including presentations and training, please call the Foodbank’s South County branch at (805) 967-5741 or the North County branch at (805) 937-3422.