What to know about the CalFresh program – NBC Los Angeles
CalFresh, California’s largest food assistance program, helps provide low-income families and individuals who meet federal income eligibility rules with monthly food benefits.
The program, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, aims to improve the nutrition of low-income families and individuals. The objective of the program is to increase purchasing power in order to meet household food needs.
Here is more information on how you can access the CalFresh program.
Where can I apply for CalFresh?
The CalFresh application can be accessed online by clicking on here.
It can also be accessed by calling the Customer Service Center (CSC) at 866-613-3777, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Someone can help you complete the application.
The app can also be accessed by visiting any district office or extension site of the Directorate of Public Social Services (DPSS). To locate one of the Los Angeles County offices, click here.
There are also organizations in Los Angeles County that can help people with the app. To see the list, click on here.
What documents are required to apply for CalFresh?
To apply, you will need to show ID, proof of income, and proof of immigration status (for non-US citizens).
Who is eligible for CalFresh?
Californians can have an income, own a home, or own a car and still be eligible for CalFresh.
If your gross household income is less than $150 per month and cash on hand or in the bank is less than $100, you qualify for the CalFresh program.
You are eligible if your combined gross monthly household income and available resources are less than your monthly rent or mortgage plus utilities.
You are also eligible if you:
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income/Additional State Payment (SSI/SSP)
- Receive CalWORKS or General Relief benefits
- Your household includes a migrant or seasonal agricultural worker and you are homeless.
- You are a US citizen, legal resident or immigrant who meets certain criteria.
Part-time or full-time students people between the ages of 18 and 49 in a two-year, four-year or graduate school may also be eligible. Receiving benefits will not affect your credit score or student loans.
How long does it take to approve the CalFresh request?
A person who submits an application can receive approval for benefits within three days of receiving the application.
If you are eligible for CalFresh support, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card.
You can use your EBT card to buy food at participating grocery stores, order groceries online for pickup or delivery at participating grocery stores and participating farmers’ markets.
How many nutritional benefits does CalFresh provide?
It depends on your situation.
The program provides up to $835 in extra money each month for a family of four and $250 per month for people 18 and older.