Submit an application
We’ll guide you step by step. This should take about 10 minutes.
Submit proof of your situation.
This includes documents like your ID, paystubs, or rent receipts. You can do this during your application or come back to this website any time in the next 30 days.
We’ll let you know what to submit at the end of the application based on the answers you gave us.
Tell your case worker during your interview. CalFresh will generally accept a sworn statement as a last resort if you cannot get the documents needed.
Do an interview with a county worker.
Once you apply, you’ll need to do a 30-60 minute interview over the phone.
On the application, you can select to interview over the phone or in-person at the county office.
Once you submit your application, your county will call you within two weeks for your interview.
If possible, they will do the interview on the spot. Otherwise, they will work with you to schedule an appointment at a later date.
If the county can’t reach you, they will mail you a notice with your interview time and date. If you missed the interview, you can call your county to reschedule it.
After you submit your application, the county will mail you a notice with your interview date, time, and location.
Expect the interview to take 30-60 minutes.
Get money for groceries.
If approved, you’ll get an EBT card with money for groceries within 30 days.
If you are approved for CalFresh, you will usually get two separate pieces of mail with:
Just like a debit card, you will need your PIN number to use your EBT card.
EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, corner stores, and farmer's markets. Your benefit amount will be reloaded on your card every month.
If you are 60+ or disabled, or you do not have access to cooking equipment, you might also qualify for the CalFresh prepared meals program.Learn more about using your EBT
You may be eligible for Expedited Service, giving your county 3 days to process your application. Due to COVID-19, processing may be delayed several weeks.
You can qualify if: your household makes less than $150 in monthly income and has less than $100 on hand right now; or your household's combined monthly income and money on hand are less than your household's combined monthly rent and utilities; or you are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and have less than $100 on hand right now.If you need food now, you can also contact your local food bank.