“This is the first site that lets you apply for CalFresh on your phone. You are not tethered to a computer, you don't have to be with a CBO, you don't have to visit an office. You can do it wherever you are.”
- Leo O’Farrell, CalFresh Program Director, San Francisco HSA
Our mission is to help close the CalFresh participation gap. We are committed to helping you continuously improve the enrollment process and to providing a dignified experience for CalFresh applicants.
What’s the cost for counties?
There is no cost. Code for America is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping governments improve service delivery via technology and has been selected as a certified outreach contractor with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
How do we promote / advertise?
We align promotion efforts with existing outreach activities in counties, and work closely with the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) and other CalFresh experts. Ask us about outreach campaigns we can run in your county.
How will this impact eligibility workers' workload or business process?
We do everything we can to minimize any potential impact. The application comes through like any other application submitted via MyBenefitsCalWin.org, benefitscal.com, or YourBenefits.LACLRS.org. If clients choose to submit verification documents at a later date, we work with you to identify the best way within your existing business process.
What outcomes should you expect from using GetCalFresh.org?
Counties have seen an increased number of applications with a higher success rate. Through email and text messages, live support, and tailored messaging, we help people complete their interview and submit verification documents on time.
Are other counties working with GetCalFresh.org?
We currently serve 58 counties in California and are selecting new counties to bring our service to.
What does a county need to get started?
We can be available to your residents within 24 hours. All we need is a conversation to understand your priorities, processes, and a CBO account created for "codeforamerica."