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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 and other places that sell food.
Our staff is 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 how to:
Summer Meal Program for Kids
When school lets out, many low-income children lose access to the school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks they receive during the regular school year. The Summer Nutrition Programs help fill this gap by providing free meals and snacks to children who might otherwise go hungry. View the California Department of Education’s Summer Meal Site list showing where Ventura County children can find meals and snacks this summer and what is required to participate at each site.
COVID-19 Exemptions Ended
The COVID-19 student eligibility exemptions are coming to an end. Beginning June 10, 2023, college students newly applying for CalFresh will have to meet one of the permanent student exemptions to be eligible for CalFresh. Learn more by checking out these End of CalFresh Student Exemptions Frequently Asked Questions: (English) (español)
What is CalFresh?
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:
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Additionally, older adults ages 60 years+ can join friends for a hot meal at any of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging senior center lunch sites, or homebound seniors can apply to receive home-delivered meals at no cost.
You can use your EBT card to buy groceries online at participating grocery retailers to make shopping easier during these uncertain times. Visit cdss.ca.gov/ebt-online for more details.
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.
- If you are currently receiving CalFresh, you may report all changes at vchsa.org/submit or call your worker at 888-472-4463.
- If you are not currently receiving CalFresh, learn how to apply.
- If you are 60 years or older or have a disability, additional resources can be found at Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
- If you are student you may be eligible for CalFresh, more information.
- Learn more about CalFresh by visiting our CalFresh Data Page.
CalFresh en el Mercado de Agricultores: Video en español
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 FMFinder.org. Learn more about Ventura County farmers markets at www.vccfm.org.
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 vchsa.org/rmp.
EBT THEFT ALERT
ALERTA DE ROBO DE BENEFICIOS DE EBT
Protect your EBT benefits by changing your PIN the night before your benefits are due to be deposited.
Proteja sus beneficios de EBT cambiando su PIN la noche anterior a la fecha de depósito de sus beneficios.
If you think your benefits may have been stolen, you should immediately call the customer service telephone number on the back of your EBT card, 877-328-9677, contact your eligibility worker directly, or call 888-472-4463. Learn more at vchsa.org/scam-alert.
Si cree que sus beneficios pueden haber sido robados, debe llamar de inmediato al número de teléfono de servicio al cliente en el reverso de su tarjeta EBT, 877-328-9677, comuníquese directamente con su trabajador de elegibilidad o llame al 888-472-4463. Obtenga más información en vchsa.org/scam-alert.
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