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CalFresh (Food Stamps)

The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps people who have little or no income buy nutritious groceries. CalFresh benefits are not cash. They come on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that you can use like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores.

Eligibility

To get CalFresh benefits, your income must be under certain limits (see chart below). There is no longer a property limit for most households applying only for CalFresh; however for those applying for CalFresh and CalWORKs, the property limit is $2,000 per family or $3,250 per family if a member is over age 60 or has disabilities.

If you and/or your family are eligible for Cal Fresh benefits you are most likely also eligible for Medi-Cal health coverage and may apply for both programs by completing this combination application.

When applying, you will be asked for information about your residency, citizenship, identity, Social Security Number, income, and property. Fingerprint imaging is no longer required for CalFresh applicants.

Family SizeMonthly Gross
Income Limit
Family SizeMonthly Gross
Income Limit
1 person $1,245 5 people $2,987
2 people $1,681 6 people $3,423
3 people $2,116 7 people $3,858
4 people $2,552 8 people $4,294

Each extra person

+$436

These figures are current as of October 2013.

How to Apply

First, use the easy online tool to check your eligibility.

There are several ways to apply for CalFresh:

If you are without money for food today, you may qualify for expedited benefits, so please apply in person. For more information about emergency CalFresh benefits, click here.

Online Report Forms are Now Available

You may now complete your Semi-Annual Report (SAR7) & Recertification online anytime by clicking here, starting the first day of the month they are due.

Semi-Annual Reporting

In August 2013, reporting requirements for CalFresh changed. If you submitted QR7 reports every three months, you are now required to submit one Semi-Annual Report (SAR7) each year. You are still required to complete a redetermination / recertification once per year and to notify us of changes within 10 days, such as:

  • Your income increases above a certain amount
  • Your address changes

Call your worker or 1-888-472-4463 for more details.

Online Access to EBT Account Information

To check your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account balance, view transaction history detail, check claim status, and locate retailers and automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept the EBT card, click here. To learn how to replace your lost or damaged EBT card, click here. Please remember that EBT cards cannot be used at some types of businesses to get cash benefits. Click here for more information.

If your EBT card is lost or stolen, or if you need to change your PIN: Call (877) 328-9677

New CalWIN Mobile Application
Have an Android, iPhone, or iPad?  For those who do, a mobile application ("app") is now available allowing easy access to:

  • Check Your Case Status
  • Get Current Benefit Amounts
  • Check Your Renewal Dates and Renew CalFresh Benefits
  • View Your EBT Balance
  • Request a Replacement BIC Card

The CalWIN Mobile "app" will also help find the nearest Human Services Agency Intake & Eligibility Center, Community Service Center, or Job & Career Center (JCC) using GPS or zip code lookup.

Forms & Documents

Useful Links

Free Cell Phone (with free minutes & texts) available for Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, SSI, or Section 8 participants (among others). Apply online at: www.assurancewireless.com or www.reachoutmobile.com or call (888) 898-4888 to request an application.

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