Because of the federal government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issued early, between January 14-16. If you receive your February CalFresh benefits early, you should plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of February.
If you receive CalFresh and have a report due in January, please complete that process and approved benefits are scheduled to be issued February 1-10.
New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited services are available, as usual
Eating more fruits an vegetables each day can help you and your family stay healthy.
The Golden State Advantage Card If you qualify for CalFresh you will:
Get a plastic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your CalFresh benefits will be added to your account each month.
Shop at any grocery store or farmer’s market authorized to accept EBT cards. (Most Framer’s markets on the coast do not accept EBT cards).
Swipe you EBT card like an ATM card, in the ATM/debit/credit card machine at the checkout.
Enter your PIN. The amount you spend will be taken from your CalFresh account.
Enjoy healthy nutritious food for you and your family, and better food for better living!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I have when I apply?
Identification – You may bring a driver’s license and ID card, or a health card or other ID document.
Social Security Numbers – Be ready to give your number and a number for all those persons whom you are applying, if they have one.
For non-U.S. citizens – Bring a resident alien card or other proof of immigration status.
You may also need these:
Proof of income – Bring pay stubs, child support orders, and benefit statements.
Proof of expenses – Bring rent receipt or mortgage statement, utility bills (telephone, heat, gas, electricity, water, sewage, garbage), child care receipts, child support payments, and proof of other expenses.
How much money can I have and still get CalFresh? You can:
The amount you get depends on your income, expenses, and family size.
Most households that receive CalFresh get more than $200 each month.
If you are disabled or an elderly person (over 60 years old) tell a county worker. The income guideline table may not apply to you. You can earn more money and be eligible.
How long will it take to get CalFresh?
If eligible, you will get your CalFresh within 30 days.
What about things I own? When you apply for CalFresh you may own a house, have cars, and still qualify. Ask a county worker for more information.
Immigration If you get CalFresh it will not count against you when you apply to become a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
I am an immigrant. Can my children and I apply for CalFresh? Yes! All children born in the U.S. can get CalFresh if they qualify, no matter where their parents were born. Parents may qualify if they have a valid social security number and meet certain guidelines. Parents who do not qualify themselves should apply for their children born in the U.S.
*If you need help enrolling in CalFresh, or any other healthcare program, bi-lingual staff members are available at all clinic locations.