General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    2135 Fresno Street, Suite 100
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • DSS Case Information:
    (559) 600-1377 or toll-free (877) 600-1377. To speak to a worker call (559) 600-9980 or toll free (855) 832-8082 between 7:30am-4:30pm.
  • Child Protective Services Hotline:
    (559) 600-8320 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 benefits can only be used to purchase food products intended for people to eat at home. 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.

CalFresh (Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program)


Click here for locations on where to apply for CalFresh or to contact the department about your case 


CalFresh provides monthly benefits to help low-income households to purcase the food they need.  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 be provide an important "safety net" to families who have been discontinued from the CalWORKs program.  To learn more and to apply for benefits online, visit


 EBT Card  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.


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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 10/01/2015)

CalFresh Benefits Chart by Family Size


Household Size









Each additional person

Maximum Benefits