California Food Stamps

In California, SNAP is better known as the CalFresh Program. The program, which is administered by the Department of Social Services, issues monthly benefits that can be used to purchase foods at most markets and stores in the state. The CalFresh Program hopes to improve health and well-being of its participants by providing them the means to meet their nutritional needs. In general, you must meet certain residency and income requirements to qualify for the program. The limits are the same as most states, though more information is available here regarding particular deductions. There is also a work requirement in California. All able-bodied persons (ages 18-49) must work 20 hours per week or participate in a work-related activity 20 hours a week. If not, you will only receive three months of CalFresh benefits in a 36-month period.

To apply for CalFresh benefits, you can apply in your county or online at Should you choose not to apply online, you’ll need to download the application, fill it out and either mail it or bring it to your local county office. Once your application is complete and submitted, you’ll be contacted by the county welfare department to set up an interview. You’ll need to bring documentation proving your residency and financial situation. This includes your drivers license, Social Security Number, proof of income and bank statements. If you are approved, you will receive your CalFresh benefits within 30 days of your dated application. If you qualify for expedited services, you can receive CalFresh benefits within three days.

CalFresh benefits are distributed through the EBT system. In California, the EBT card is better known as The Golden State Advantage Card. You can use your card at any store or ATM that displays the Quest mark. To view your account activity or account balance, click here.


1. How do I report a lost, stolen or damaged EBT card?

In California, you must call Customer Service immediately at 877-328-9677 to report a lost, stolen or damaged card.

2. What is the average amount of CalFresh benefits a family receives?
The average amount of CalFresh benefits received per household is about $200 per month.

3. What is the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)?

The CFAP is a state-funded CalFresh program for legal, permanent non-citizens who are determined ineligible only because of their immigration status.

4. How can I see which locations I can make a cash withdrawal with my EBT card?

Visit this website to find locations where you can make a cash withdrawal with your EBT card.

5. How many CalFresh offices are there in the state of California?

There are more than 240 CalFresh offices operated by local county welfare departments.

Contact: CalFresh Website