(formerly known as Food Stamps)

(formerly known as Food Stamps)


CalFresh Food benefits can now be used to buy groceries online from select retailers.
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Los beneficios alimentarios de CalFresh ahora pueden usarse para comprar comestibles EN LÍNEA en tiendas seleccionadas
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Impacted by Wildfires? Apply for Calfresh Today! if you are in need of food now, visit your local food bank
				 Contra Costa:Food Bank for Contra Costa & Solano
				 Lake: Clear Lake Gleaners, Inc
				 Mariposa: Mariposa Merced County Food Network
				 Monterey: Food Bank for Monterey County
				 Napa: Community Action of Napa County
				 Nevada: Food Bank of Nevada County
				 San Bernardino: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino COunty
				 Santa Barbara: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
				 Santa Clara/San MAteo: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
				 Santa Cruz: Second Harvest Food Bank serving Santa Cruz
				 Sonoma: Redwood Empire Food Bank
				 Tuolumne: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
				 Yolo: Yolo Food bank Are You Getting CalFresh?
					 Live in an area affected by wildfires or power outages?
					 Individuals and families can now buy prepared or hot foods with CalFresh at stores that accept EBT through September 23
					 Applies to the following counties: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San MAteo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo.

Are You In Need Of Food Now?


California has been approved to provide emergency allotments to eligible households during the COVID-19 Emergency. Emergency allotments will raise each household’s regular monthly CalFresh allotment to the maximum allowable benefits based on their CalFresh household size. CalFresh households already receiving the maximum allowable allotment based on household size are not eligible to receive an emergency allotment of CalFresh benefits. Emergency allotments will be issued to eligible CalFresh households for the months of March 2020 through September 2020 based on the schedule listed below.

Benefit Month Issuance Date
March April 12, 2020
April May 10, 2020
May June 14, 2020
June July 12, 2020
July August 16, 2020
August September 13, 2020
September October 18, 2020
Maximum CalFresh Allotments effective October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Each Additional Person
Max. Allotment $194 $355 $509 $646 $768 $921 $1018 $1164 +$146
If you are currently receiving CalFresh benefits, please call our service center at (866) 663-3225 for assistance. You will be able to talk to a courteous and professional representative who can take care of your CalFresh needs. The service center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anyone who answers the toll free line will help you immediately with things such as:
  • Reporting CalFresh changes (such as a new address, income, newborn, etc.)
  • Questions about your benefits
  • Assistance with completing forms
Having your CalFresh Case Number or Social Security Number available will help the representative serve you more quickly.

What is CalFresh?

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 such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish 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.

How to Apply for CalFresh:

In Contra Costa County you can apply for CalFresh in several different ways:
  • Complete an online application from any computer 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • Fax a completed application to (925) 228-0310
  • Mail a completed application to any district office listed below.
    Download a CalFresh Application: ENG | ESP
  • Visit any of our 5 district office locations:
East County Central County West County
4545 Delta Fair Boulevard Antioch 400 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill 151 Linus Pauling Drive Hercules
151 Sand Creek Road Brentwood 1305 Macdonald Avenue Richmond
All office hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM Monday - Friday
*Minimum requirements to file a CalFresh application:
  1. Applicant’s name and
  2. Household’s address (unless homeless), and
  3. Signature of head of household, any adult household member or an authorized representative, or responsible minor.

Expedited Services

If you are without money for food, you may qualify for emergency CalFresh benefits. Expedited Services will provide eligible households CalFresh benefits by the third calendar day following their application date. A weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is considered one calendar day. You can qualify for Expedited Services if you meet all other CalFresh requirements, provide identification and
  • your household makes less than $150 in monthly income and has less than $100 on hand right now; or
  • your household's combined monthly income and money on hand are less than your household's combined monthly rent and utilities; or
  • you are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and have less than $100 on hand right now.

For questions and assistance, please call the 24 hour toll free automated information line:
(877) 505-4630

For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions or visit the State of California CalFresh website.

Important Information About the CalFresh ABAWD Time Limit

As of July 1, 2020 the State of California has been granted a Statewide Waiver to the ABAWD time limit through June 30, 2021. CalFresh recipients will still need to be screened and identified as a potential ABAWD if not exempt, however there will be no time limits imposed during the waiver.