CalFresh

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in Food/Nutrition
December 19, 2018

Overview

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) is an entitlement program that provides monthly 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. Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products.

Administration

CalFresh is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Program Requirements:

For this program, you must be a resident of the state of California. Other factors of eligibility include citizenship and registration for employment.

 

 

 

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,444
2 $20,826
3 $26,208
4 $31,590
5 $36,972
6 $42,354
7 $47,749
8 $53,157

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,408 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

 



If your household includes a person with a disability, or someone over the age of 60, your eligibility is based on net income. Please see the websites below for further details.

 

Application Details

For detailed application information, visit the CalFresh page. 

Contact:

1-877-847-FOOD

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