CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) issues monthly food benefits on an EBT card that can be used to buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time. If you have a change in income, even a temporary one because of the coronavirus, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits. Book your appointment here or submit your own application here, it only takes 10 minutes


If so, you might be interested in CalFresh. If you qualify, you would receive a card that works like a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein, and other healthy foods. CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve health and nutrition of families with low incomes.

Who Can Receive Calfresh?

CalFresh is for people that fit within the eligibility guidelines. CalFresh is not only for mothers or families with children. Fathers, single adults, people with disabilities, and seniors are also eligible for CalFresh. If a parent is ineligible, he or she can apply on behalf of his or her children.

CalFresh is an entitlement program. This means that all who apply and qualify will receive benefits and will not "take someone else’s place.” The USDA sets aside funds for the program, and because there is currently underparticipation in the program millions of dollars in benefits are being left unused.

When you apply, your income and many other factors are taken into account to determine whether or not you are eligible. By calling 2-1-1 Orange County, you can be prescreened for major eligibility criteria, helping you to understand if you might be eligible to receive CalFresh and to feel more prepared before you begin the application process.

How Does Calfresh Work?

CalFresh benefits are deposited monthly on an EBT card that works like a debit card with a pin. You can check the balance online or over the phone. CalFresh benefits can be used almost anywhere food is sold, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, stores like Target and Costco, some ethnic markets, and some farmer's markets.  Some online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Ralphs, and Albertsons also accept CalFresh online.

How Much Can I Receive in Calfresh Benefits Each Month?

The amount you receive depends on your income, expenses, and family size. Maximum benefit allotments range from $250 for a single person to $1,504 for a household of eight.

What if I Am Already Receiving Nutritional Assistance? Can I Apply For Calfresh?

If you are already receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance on an EBT card, you are now automatically enrolled in CalFresh! Your benefits will continue without interruption and there is no need to also apply for CalFresh. The eligibility requirements remain the same, only the name has been changed to reflect the goal of the program and what it really is – a way for people to provide healthy food for their families.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply in person or do an over-the-phone application, call us to hear the options. We’ll walk through the entire application with you in your preferred language. To schedule your own appointment click here, to fill out your own application click here or call us at 2-1-1 and we will book you.

If you already have CalFresh and need to contact your case worker please call the Orange County CalFresh customer service at 1-800-281-9799

2-1-1 Orange County CalFresh Materials


For more information on CalFresh Benefits

2-1-1 Orange County is a CalFresh Outreach Contractor.