CalFresh Program

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What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish at many markets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

At the Federal level, the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. In California, the CalFresh Program is supervised at the state level by the California Department of Social Services and is administered at the local level by each County Welfare Department.

Expansion of CalFresh to SSI/SSP Recipients!

Beginning June 1, 2019, recipients of SSI/SSP benefits may be eligible for CalFresh Food benefits for the first time! There is no change to the SSI/SSP monthly benefit.  For more information on how SSI recipients may apply for CalFresh Food benefits, please contact your worker or apply below. 

How to Apply for CalFresh:

In Imperial County you can apply for CalFresh in several different ways:

  • By telephone (760)337-6800

  • Fax a completed application to (760)337-7473

  • Mail a completed application to any district office listed below.
    Download a CalFresh Application: ENG  | ESP 

  • Visit any of our district office locations:

 

Department of Social Services

2895 S. 4th St.  Bldg C

El Centro, CA 92243

 

Department of Social Services

2995 S. 4th St  Suite#105

El Centro, CA 92243

 

Brawley One Stop

860 Main St

Brawley, CA 92227

 

*All offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

*Minimum requirements to file a CalFresh application:

  1. Applicant’s name and

  2. Household’s address (unless homeless), and

  3. Signature of head of household, any adult household member or an authorized representative, or responsible minor.

To locate other CalFresh County Offices:

 


 

COVID-19 Issuance of CalFresh Emergency Allotments

California has been approved to provide emergency allotments to eligible households during the COVID-19 Emergency. March 2020 through January 2022 Emergency benefits will raise each household’s regular monthly CalFresh allotment to the maximum allowable benefits based on their CalFresh household size.

Already Getting CalFresh?

If you are currently receiving CalFresh benefits, please call your assigned Eligibility Specialist at their designated number  or if you do not know your assigned worker’s name or number, you may call our service center at (760)337-6800 for assistance. The service center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone who answers the line will help you immediately by providing you your assigned worker’s name and direct number. Having your CalFresh Case Number or Social Security Number available will help the representative serve you more quickly.

Expedited Services

If you are without money for food, you may qualify for emergency CalFresh benefits. Expedited Services will provide eligible households CalFresh benefits by the third calendar day following their application date. A weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is considered one calendar day.

You can qualify for Expedited Services if you meet all other CalFresh requirements,

provide identification and

  • your household makes less than $150 in monthly income and has less than $100 in liquid resources; 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; or

  • your current situation would qualify you as destitute.