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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, support health, expand opportunity – and even respond to disasters. CalFresh provides monthly benefits to help households purchase the food they need if eligible. 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.

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. 

CalFresh has three new logos, for the food component, Employment and training and Disaster Response

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. 

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, as well and farmers markets.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You may visit California EBT Project Office to view current scams that have been reported. http://www.ebtproject.ca.gov/ClientInformation/scams.shtml

Methods to Apply

  • For office hours and locations near you, click here
  • Apply online 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by going to our Benefits CalWIN website, www.MyBenefitsCalWIN.org . Minimum requirements to apply are: Name, Address and Signature
  • Applications can be mailed to: P O Box 1912, Fresno CA 93718
  • By faxing in your application to (559) 600-7706

If you need to speak to a worker, call toll free
1-855-832-8082 between 7:30 am-4:30 pm

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 10/01/2019)

CalFresh Benefits Chart by Household Size

Size

Max Allotment

1

$194

2

$355

3

$509

4

$646

5

$768

6

$921

7

$1018

8

$1164

9

$1310

10

$1456

For each additional member add

$146