How to Apply for CalFresh

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You can apply for CalFresh online, by phone, mail, fax or in person:

1. Online 

My Benefits CalWIN

In the new Benefits CalWIN website you can:

  • Apply for CalFresh,
  • Find out if you might be eligible to CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal benefits,
  • Submit a Semi-Annual Report (SAR 7),
  • Check your benefits, and
  • Recertify your CalFresh case.

Simply select the https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/ link to begin the process. Proof of identity is necessary to be evaluated for expedited services (to receive CalFresh within 3 days).

2. Call 2-1-1 San Diego.

2-1-1 San Diego can help callers access the CalFresh program by:

  • Assisting potentially eligible callers with completing the CalFresh application,
  • Sending an application packet to the caller to complete on his or her own,
  • Connecting callers with a Community Based Organization (CBO) that can help with the application process, or
  • Providing the address of the nearest County Family Resource Center where you can apply in person.

3. Call Access at 1-(866) 262-9881 to request application forms. 

Access can mail an application to you. Send the completed application to your local Family Resource Center via U.S. mail or drop it off at your local Family Resource Center. The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center. 

It is very important to send proof of identity to be evaluated timely should you be eligible for expedited services (receive CalFresh benefits within 3 days). The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center.

4. Download an application.  

Print out the following document:

Application for CalFresh/Snap Benefits

  • Complete as much of your application as you can. Your name, address and signature are necessary to begin the application process.
  • Download the Notice to CalFresh Applicants (form 09-94 HHSA) for additional information, to help you complete the application, and to select your interview preference (in-person or telephone interview).
  • Send the completed application and documents to your local Family Resource Center via U.S. mail, via fax, or drop them off at your local Family Resource Center. It is very important to send proof of identity to be evaluated timely should you be eligible for expedited services (receive CalFresh within 3 days). The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center.

5. Visit your local Family Resource Center and request an application.

Bring in all verifications/documents needed to apply for everyone applying for benefits. For a list of needed verifications, click the Documents Needed to Apply link. It is very important to bring all verifications to be evaluated for eligibility promptly. The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center.  

  • Download the Notice to CalFresh Applicants (form 09-94 HHSA) for additional information, to help you complete the application, and to select your interview preference (in-person or telephone interview).

6. Documents needed to apply.

  • Below is a list of documents needed when applying for CalFresh benefits.
  • If you are eligible to CalFresh Expedited Service, you will only need to show your identification. The other information/documents can be given to the eligibility worker later (See FAQ, “What is CalFresh Expedited Service?”)
Verification Documents
Identification Your birth certificate, driver’s license, paycheck, voter registration card, school records or medical records
Residency Your driver’s license, check stubs, rent or mortgage receipt, lease agreement, or utility bill
Immigration Status Green card (I-551), I-94, or other document provided by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
Earned Income Check stubs for the last 30 days, or a statement from your employer
Other Income Your award letter or a current benefit check (example: SSA, unemployment, disability)
Housing and Utility Costs Mortgage or rent receipts, a lease or statement from your landlord, a property tax statement, a cancelled payment check, or utility bill or receipt (not required, but this income deduction will not be applied until verified)
Medical Bills Health insurance, doctor bills, hospital bills, drug receipts, pharmacy statements, etc.
  • To find out if you may be eligible to receive CalFresh/SNAP, you can complete the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Tool.