Notice: Counties are receiving more applications than usual. Interview scheduling may be delayed by 1-2 weeks.

Here’s how CalFresh works.

Submit an application and documents to verify your situation.

Do an interview with your county.

Your county will contact you within two weeks to clarify your situation and tell you if you are missing any verification documents.

Get money for groceries.

If approved, you’ll get an EBT card with money for groceries within 30 days.

Using my EBT card

If you are approved for CalFresh, you will usually get two separate pieces of mail with:

  • 1. Your EBT Card
  • 2. Your PIN Number

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

Can I get benefits faster?

You can qualify for 3 day Expedited Service 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.