Sunday, June 26, 2016

CalFresh (Food Stamps)

What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program, California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and formerly known as Food Stamps, assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food. You do not have to be on welfare to get CalFresh benefits. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card

If you qualify for CalFresh assistance, you will receive a plastic card called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. You can use your EBT card like a bank debit card to access your CalFresh benefits to purchase food items at most grocery and convenience stores, and local markets, as well as some co-ops and farmers market.

Check your account balance, find retailers and ATMS that accept the EBT card at www.ebt.ca.gov.

CalFresh Employment and Training Program

This program provides homeless individuals who are receiving CalFresh with opportunities that lead to paid employment and self-sufficiency.  For more information please contact your Benefit Representative.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) provides opportunities to income qualified households to learn about healthy eating, obesity prevention, and physical activities along with food distribution activities.

  • Passion for Produce (P4P) is a peer-run nutrition class followed by free produce distribution providing the ingredients, education, and support for making healthy eating choices.
  • Food for Children (FFC) distributes fresh produce and other food, along with nutritional information, healthy food tastings, and options for physical activities.

The P4P program is open to everyone while the FFC program is restricted to income eligible households.  To see if you are eligible for the FFC program read the CDSS Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) 2015 Income Guidelines.

To find out about available SNAP-ED classes view the SNAP Education Class ScheduleNote: Class times are subject to change. Please contact the Community Food Hotline at 831-662-0991 to verify class availability.