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CalFresh provides monthly benefits to help low-income households to purchase the food they need.  CalFresh is the only nationwide program available to all who need it, if eligible, regardless of age or family arrangement.  Benefit allotments are based on household income, with deductions allowed expenses such as housing.  CalFresh benefits can provide an important "safety net" to families who have been discontinued from the CalWORKs program. CalFresh benefits cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products. In addition, they may also be used to buy seeds and plants to grow food for the family to eat.

CalFresh is proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and poverty and improving health by providing nutrition assistance to millions of low-income households through an array of vital services. CalFresh has the power to reduce hunger, boost incomes, support health, expand opportunity – and even respond to disasters

We have refreshed our CalFresh logo and have launched a family of CalFresh brands to unite each of our services across food benefits, nutrition education, employment and training, and disaster response under one shared identity.  The united CalFresh brand is one that audiences will be able to connect to, recognize, and trust to increase their openness and desire to participate in our programs.

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The shared CalFresh vision of California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is for all people in California to have better access to better food for better living.

CDSS has launched a healthy living website: http://calfresh.dss.ca.gov/healthyliving/Home in partnership with state, county, community partners and local offices to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and food security.

Expansion of CalFresh to SSI/SSP recipients effective June 1, 2019

The passing of the Assembly Bill (AB 1811) will allow recipients of Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/ SSP) to receive CalFresh benefits if they meet all eligibility criteria.  In addition, AB 1811 created two State Funded programs. Supplemental Nutrition Benefits Program (SNB), and Transitional Nutritional Benefits (TNB) Programs mitigate the loss or reduction of CalFresh benefits. A CalFresh Household who experiences a reduction or loss of CalFresh benefit due to the addition of the SSI/SSP recipient will be evaluated for eligibility to the SNB or TNB programs. 

SSI/ SSP Household members who are part of an ongoing CalFresh Household will be added with the processing of their Recertification or Eligibility Status Report (SAR 7).  You may apply at any one of our CalFresh office locations. 

Due to this Expansion, the Department is experiencing a high volume of applications for CalFresh 

Processing new CalFresh application may take up to 30 days. If you recently submitted a CalFresh application, the Department will be contacting you in the near future with your scheduled phone interview, also you may receive a phone call after hours or on a Saturday. 

Reminder: Do not give out your EBT card number and PINs as the county, state, and federal government will NEVER ask you for your EBT card number and PIN by a text message, phone call, email, or on a website.

Existing CalFresh Households

Does your CalFresh Household contain a person who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP) from Social Security? If Yes - you do not need to apply or make any report to us.

At your household’s next recertification or Semi-Annual Report (SAR 7), we will automatically add the SSI/SSP person, including their income and deductions to the CalFresh Household. 

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card

If you qualify for CalFresh assistance, you will receive a plastic card called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. You can use your EBT card like a bank debit card to access your CalFresh benefits to purchase food items at most grocery and convenience stores, and local markets, as well as some co-ops and farmers market. Check your account balance; find retailers and ATMS that accept the EBT card at the California EBT Client website.

Please be cautious as there are many EBT card scams that are occurring. You may visit California EBT Project Office to view current scams that have been reported. http://www.ebtproject.ca.gov/ClientInformation/scams.shtml

How to apply

You may qualify for benefits even if someone in the home is employed full time. Apply now, if you would like to know if you qualify for CalFresh Benefits. After you submit your application, an Eligibility Worker will determine your household’s eligibility for benefits. 

For office hours and locations near you, click here

To visit the My Benefits CalWIN website and apply for benefits online now, click here.

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 non-citizens who are legally residing in the U.S. are eligible to apply for CalFresh. Non-citizen 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 household is eligible. Property used as a home is exempt from property limits.

The benefits you may be eligible to receive depend on your monthly income and household size. Below is the maximum benefits listed by the size of the Household. (Effective 10/01/2018)

CalFresh Benefits Chart by Household Size

Size

Max Allotment

1

$192

2

$353

3

$505

4

$642

5

$762

6

$914

7

$1011

8

$1155

9

$1299

10

$1443

For each additional member add

$144

 View Frequently Asked Questions on CalFresh

Fresno County Collaborative efforts for the CalFresh Program

Fresno County has a long history of collaboration and has been working with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) for the last 20 years on outreach activities.  Outreach efforts include working with Food Policy Advocates and Community Based Organizations to coordinate services effectively, partner in presentations and promotional activities. We do train CBO staff on taking CalFresh and Medi-Cal applications to increase percentage of approval of applications, establishing protocols to track applications taken, monitor applications for quality control and training needs. We attend and participate in current community events and network with other CBOs in order to better assist the community and meet the different needs of the population we serve.