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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods. In California, CalFresh used to be known as the Food Stamp Program. Nationally, the program is called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is funded by the federal government.

These brochures and fliers provide more information.

 

How do I know if I qualify?

CalFresh eligibility is based on many factors, including income and household size. In CalFresh, a household is a group of people who regularly buy and eat food together. A household can be as small as one person. One home can have more than one household. The people in a household do not have to be related to each other. If you can answer YES to both questions below, your household may qualify for CalFresh: 

 

Q1:

Does anyone in your household have a social security number?
 

Q2:

Is your monthly income less than the amount allowed? Use this chart to see if your household’s monthly income before taxes and other deductions falls under the amount allowed for your household size.
 

Income Guidelines
October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015
 
Household Size Gross Monthly Income
1 $2,010
2 $2,708
3 $3,404
4 $4,100
5 $4,798
6 $5,494
7 $6,190
8 $6,888
Each additional member +$698

How do I apply?

Find more about the CalFresh application process.

Or, apply online at benefitscal.org. You can also get information about applying in your county by using our Find Food Assistance tool.

 

Please note:

You may still qualify for CalFresh if you answered NO to the questions above. See our page on CalFresh Eligibility for Senior and Disabled Households or CalFresh Eligibility for Immigrants for more information.

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