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The CalFresh program helps families and people who have little or no income buy groceries. CalFresh benefits are not cash. CalFresh benefits come loaded on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that can be used like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores, farmers markets, some online grocery sites, and other places that sell food.

You can sign up for CalFresh online at Our staff is also available to serve you online, by phone, email, fax, drop-off/mail-in services, and in person. To schedule an appointment to meet with a worker, please call 888-472-4463. Check out the following links for additional tips.

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 In 2023 Ventura County moved to a new system called, where you can apply for and manage many of your benefits online.

Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs and General Relief clients can check status or renew their benefits online, report changes, and upload documents at

Check out this video: How to Apply for Benefits using BenefitsCal.

What is CalFresh?

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CalFresh Emergency Allotments Have Ended 

Learn more about the end of CalFresh COVID-19 flexibilities here.

If you need extra help, free food is available through Food Share’s weekly pick-up locations and through countywide food pantries:
Find Free Food NOW!

Additionally adults over 60 can join friends for a hot meal at any of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging senior center lunch sites. Homebound seniors can apply to receive home-delivered meals at no cost.

CalFresh en el Mercado de Agricultores: Video en español

Double Your Dollars at Participating Farmers Markets

If you are enrolled in CalFresh, you can double your CalFresh dollars at a certified farmers market through the Market Match Program. To find local farmers market participating in Market Match, go to Learn more about Ventura County farmers markets at

Participating Restaurants Offer CalFresh Meals 

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows CalFresh clients who are 60 years or older, people with disabilities, and individuals who are homeless to use their EBT cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants. Ventura County is now recruiting local restaurants for the  RMP. Learn more at


Protect your EBT benefits by changing your PIN the night before your benefits are due to be deposited.

If you think your benefits may have been stolen, take one of the following steps right away:

  • Call the customer service telephone number on the back of your EBT card, 877-328-9677
  • Contact your eligibility worker
  • Or call 888-472-4463.

Learn more at    Video en español

Recent EBT email scams have been reported where thieves attempt to get your personal information. The County and State will not request sensitive information by email. 

To complete your application and for quality control purposes, you may be called by the County of Ventura. Please make sure to update any phone number changes, and please make sure that unknown callers are not blocked so we can reach you.

How to Apply

How to apply today for CalFresh benefits

Benefits Status

Check the status of your benefits

Report Changes

How to report income or other changes

Check Balance

How to check balance or replace EBT card

Questions & Useful Links

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