California Food Assistance

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CalFresh = Food Stamps = SNAP Benefits 

The CalFresh Food Assistance Program is a part of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Stamps Program, as it is known by the public.

SNAP is a federal program that provides grants to the States for the purpose of reducing the hunger and malnutrition in all eligible households across the nation.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is in charge of the SNAP nationally. Learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants.

Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents, will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines.

In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies.

In California, the SNAP is called CalFresh Food Assistance Program and is administered by California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

On a lower level, the CalFresh is implemented by local County Welfare Departments, which are responsible for processing the CalFresh certification of eligible households.

According to CDSS,  CalFresh Program helps improve the health and well-being of qualified households by providing them with monthly electronic monetary benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

The goal of CalFresh Program is to add more nutritious food to the table of the low-income people that are eligible to get it.

Eligibility | Apply | Approval | Benefits


Approx. of the total California population received Food Stamp Benefits in 2018

Recipients in June, 2018 of Food Stamps (SNAP) Benefits in California

Recipients in June, 2017 of Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits in California

California Food Assistance Benefits

Find more on what kind of food you can buy using your California Food Assistance benefits…

Food Assistance Program | Eligibility | Apply | Approval | Benefits