General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    2135 Fresno Street, Suite 100
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • DSS IVR System (Case Info):
    (559) 600-1DSS (1377) or toll-free 1 (877) 600-1377. To speak to a worker, call 1-855-832-8082 between 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Child Protective Services Hotline:
    (559) 255-8320 and / or (559) 266-2463 Fax Number
  • Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services Hotline:
    1 (800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383 or (559) 230-1976 (Fax Number)
  • Email Department

CalFresh (Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program)Contact information: 

 

Office Location: Heritage Center - 3151 North Millbrook, Fresno, CA 93703

 

DSS Service Center: To talk to a Worker, call 1-855-832-8082 (7:30am-4:30pm; Monday through Friday) 

 

24-Hour/365 days: Access automated case information by calling (559) 600-1377 or by calling the toll free number at 1-877-600-1377.  

  

CalFresh provides monthly benefits to help low-income households to purchase the food they need. CalFresh can help support good nutrition and help keep children and adults strong and healthy. CalFresh is the only nationwide program available to all who need it, if eligible, regardless of age or family arrangement. Benefits are based on household income, with deductions allowed for certain expenses such as housing. CalFresh benefits can provide an important "safety net" to families who have been discontinued from the CalWORKs program. To learn more and to apply for benefits, visit www.mybenefitscalwin.org.    

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CalFresh benefits are no longer issued as coupons. Instead, an EBT card (Electronic Benefit Transfer) is issued. This electronic card is used like a debit card, making the distribution and use of  benefits faster and easier. By using the EBT card, cardholders can access benefits at stores and other retailers who accept CalFresh benefits. Some Farmer's Markets now accept EBT cards. 

CalFresh benefits can only be used to purchase food products intended for people to eat. CalFresh benefits may not be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and hot foods or hot food products prepared to eat right away. In addition, they may also used to buy seeds and plants to grow food for the family to eat.

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Food Stamp Informational Video - English                   
Food Stamp Informational Video - Spanish

 

Families may still qualify for benefits even if someone in the home is employed full time. An Eligibility Worker can determine eligibility for continued benefits. If you would like to see how much benefits you may be eligible for, please click here to go to the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) website. Remember the only way to know for sure if you are eligible and how much you will be able to receive is to visit a county office.  wooden bowl with vegetables

Who Is Eligible

A CalFresh Household may be a family, an individual, or any combination that purchases food and prepares meals together. A child living with parents cannot be a separate household until age 22.

Citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are legally residing in the U.S. are eligible to apply for CalFresh. Noncitizen parents may be able to receive benefits for their children who are citizens. Some income and property limits are reviewed to see if the CalFresh family is eligible. Property used as a home is exempt from property limits.

The benefits you may be eligible to receive depend on your income and family size. Below is the maximum benefits listed by the size of the family. (Effective 11/01/2014)

CalFresh Benefits Chart by Family Size

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Each additional person

Maximum Benefits
(monthly)

$189

$347

$497

$632

$750

$900

$995

$1,137

$142