CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally-mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.
The number of benefits you can receive is dependent on your family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, and so forth.
The program issues monthly benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. These benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which looks like any other credit card.
You do not have to be on welfare to get CalFresh benefits. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.
To apply for CalFresh benefits, please call (530) 615-4541.