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CalFresh is also known as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)CalFresh/SNAP in Español. CalFresh is a program for low-income families and individuals that meet certain income guidelines. CalFresh benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families and individuals to buy nutritious food. 

CalFresh benefits are accessed by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. An EBT card is used the same way you would use a debit or ATM card. Eligibility and the amount of CalFresh benefits issued depend on your household size, income and certain living expenses.



May is CalFresh Awareness Month in California and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency along with its community partners will be at several community events where people can receive free screenings and application assistance for CalFresh. Please join us at one of the many free events near you! Find our list of events or call 2-1-1. 

Buying healthy food doesn’t have to be impossible!  With a little help, a nutritious meal for you and your family can be a daily reality. CalFresh is designed to do just that, providing a supplement to your budget that allows you to buy healthier food every time you go shopping for groceries. 

The program is designed to help families and individuals increase access to fresh and healthy food, part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities. To see if you qualify just call 2-1-1 or apply online today at or

Eligibility and the amount of benefits issued depend on your household size, income and certain living expenses.

Information about CalFresh, including how to apply, is available online or by calling 2-1-1.


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Do you have an immediate Food Need?

You may be eligible to receive CalFresh within three days if you qualify for CalFresh Expedited Services.  You can also get food assistance through various community organizations throughout San Diego.  


For a quick search of food resources visit:

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2-1-1 San Diego or call 2-1-1

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