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 Formerly known as the Food Stamps program

The CalFresh Program, California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and formerly known as Food Stamps, assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food. You do not have to be on welfare to get CalFresh benefits. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

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 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. 

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.

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


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 View Frequently Asked Questions on CalFresh