WHAT IS CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most food items at many markets and food 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.

APPLY FOR CalFresh

You may apply for CalFresh online via C4Yourself®, in person at your local offices, via mail, or by fax.

The easiest and quickest way to apply for CalWORKs, CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal is online at www.C4Yourself.com®.

See CalFresh brochures for more information on eligibility criteria and requirements.

CalFresh FAQs

Yes, CalFresh benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Any non-food item such as pet food; soaps, paper products, and household supplies; and grooming items and cosmetics.
  • Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
  • Vitamins and medicines.
  • Any food that will be eaten in the store.
  • Any food marketed to be heated in the store.

Yes, but you may be required to participate in a work or training program.

Yes, you may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits even if you work if you are low income. Income limits vary depending on the number of persons in your household and their ages.​

No, some noncitizens may be eligible to CalFresh, but even if you aren’t eligible to CalFresh, other members of your family may be eligible. Getting CalFresh won’t affect you if you want to become a citizen of the United States.

After all necessary information is provided and verified for eligibility, you should receive your CalFresh benefits within 30 days from the date of your application.​

If you meet the requirements, you may qualify for Expedited Service and will receive your CalFresh benefits within three (3) days from the date of your application.​

Currently, if you are receiving SSI/SSP you cannot receive CalFresh benefits in California. However, other family members may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits.  Upcoming changes to CalFresh regulations will allow SSI/SSP recipients to apply for CalFresh benefits around mid-2019.

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase:

  • Foods for human consumption.
  • Seeds and plants to grow food for household use.

If you are 60 years old or over, or have a verified disability, you are not required to look for work. You may also be eligible to claim high medical bills that health insurance doesn’t cover.

The amount of CalFresh benefits you can receive is based on the number of people in your household, the total amount of your household’s income, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

The Department of Public Health provides a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program:  1-800-472-2321 or (909) 387-8301. ​