Discover how CalFresh can help you stretch your food budget. This nutrition assistance program allows you to access affordable and nutritious food items, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods.
CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. Known also as the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), CalFresh recipients receive and use CalFresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards.
We can help you through the process of determining your eligibility and applying for benefits.
The CalFresh Outreach program is funded through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and implemented in partnership with county social services offices. It assists people through the entire CalFresh application process, including assistance with the application itself, obtaining verification documents, navigating the 30-day application period, as well as the renewal process.
The CalFresh Outreach Program can help you with:
Step 1: Contact your CalFresh Outreach Team by completing the application prescreen. The pre-screen will help us determine your eligibility for CalFresh.
Step 2: If you think you may be eligible, complete and apply with your CalFresh Outreach Team. Although the application is available online, we encourage you to apply online with the help of your CalFresh Outreach Team because they are very familiar with the questions and will likely get you through the application faster.
Step 3: Once the application is received by the county, your 30-day application period begins.
Step 4: During this 30-day period, you will need to do the following:
Step 5: You will then be required to provide verification documents to your county office. This must also be completed during the 30-day period. Your application will not be approved if you do not submit verification documents that meet their requirements. Examples of verification documentation include:
Step 6: In order to keep your CalFresh benefits, you will be required to do the following:
When submitting your CalFresh application, you will also need to submit verifications. Typical student verifications include:
You can review more information about the State of California- Health and Human Services Agency Request for Verification (PDF) online.