CalFresh is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in California. CalFresh is also known as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh is a federal supplemental nutrition 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!

San Diego County, with its 3.1 million residents, is larger than 20 states in the nation!  And although over 290,000 residents already benefit from the CalFresh program, others do not know about it or think they do not qualify. 

We have an opportunity to raise awareness amongst our residents by placing CalFresh under the spotlight this month.

Did you know that it’s possible to apply and be fully evaluated for CalFresh without ever having to visit a County office?  That’s right, applications can be completed online, by phone, mail, and fax.  Any follow-up activities can be completed via phone and over the mail as well!

For a calendar of May 2015 activities, click here

 CalFresh/SNAP in Español

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:

2-1-1 San Diego or call 2-1-1