The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and grocery stores.

The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

At the Federal level, the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. In California, the CalFresh Program is supervised at the state level by the California Department of Social Services and is administered at the local level by each County Welfare Department.


All US citizens (Except persons receiving SSI/SSP benefits)
Most immigrants - Legal Permanent Residents

Most CalFresh households are subject to a gross income determination test. Gross Income is all non-excludable income from any source including all earned income and all unearned income. The maximum gross allowed is 130% of the Federal poverty level (FPL). Below is a chart of gross monthly income for 130% of the Federal poverty level by household size.

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility
Standards (130% of Poverty Level)
October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015

Household Size            Gross Income
         1                             $1,265
         2                               1,705
         3                               2,144
         4                               2,584
         5                               3,024
         6                               3,464
         7                               3,904
         8                               4,344

    Each Additional Member +440


There are several options available. You can request an application be mailed to you, pick one up at any of our county offices or simply apply online.

Online Application:

Eat Fresh is playful, engaging and easy to use. It includes:
• Recipes searchable by food type, so that you can find recipes using whatever ingredients you have.
• Recipes that can be cooked in crockpots and microwaves.
• Ask a Dietician: Type in your question and a dietician sends you the answer.
• Tips about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
• Text, email, share and print recipes.
• Discussions online about nutrition or cooking.
• Post recipes on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.
• The locations of farmers' markets that accept EBT, and food pantries in your county.