CalFresh – How to Apply

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 cash resource limit is $2,250 per family or $3,500 per family if a member is over age 60 or has a disability.

If you and/or your family are eligible for CalFresh benefits you are most likely also eligible for Medi-Cal health coverage and may apply for both programs by completing the application online at My Benefits CalWIN.

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.

 

Monthly Gross Income Limit Chart

Family Size Monthly Gross Income Limit
1$1,316
2$1,784
3$2,252
4$2,720
5$3,188
6$3,656
7$4,124
8$4,592
Each extra person $468
*These figures are current through September 30, 2019
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How to Apply

First, use the easy online tool to check your eligibility. There are several ways to apply for CalFresh:

  • Fill out an online application for CalFresh
  • Download an application (PDF) in English or Spanish.
  • Drop it off at a Community Service Center, or
  • Fax it to (805) 658-4530, or

    Mail the completed form to:
    County of Ventura
    Human Services Agency L#5290
    855 Partridge Drive
    Ventura, CA 93003-9565

 

  • Call a Community Service Center to request a paper application, which includes a postage-paid return envelope.
  • Apply in person at a Community Service Center.
  • Apply by phone (888) 472-4463, TTY (800) 735-2922 or 711 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

If you are without money for food today, you may qualify for expedited services. For more information about emergency food – expedited services, click CalFresh benefits.

If you do not have all the information to complete an application, just complete what you can.  You may submit an application with only your name, address and signature.

Beware! There is an EBT scam to steal your benefits! If you’ve received a text or phone call asking for your personal information, contact your county right away. Your county and the state will never text or call you requesting your personal information such as your EBT card number and your personal identification number (PIN).

Never give your EBT Card number and PIN to anyone. With this information, someone could steal your benefits. Always keep your PIN and EBT Card number safe and secret.

Contact Human Services Agency
Human Services Agency
855 Partridge Drive, Ventura, CA 93003
www.vchsa.org