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CalFresh Assistance


Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and provides monthly food benefits to low-income individuals and families. CalFresh benefits add to food budgets, so individuals and families can afford more nutritious options, including fruit, vegetables, and other healthy food. The goal of the program is to improve quality of life for Californians by helping more families have access to healthy and nutritious foods.

How Do I Apply?


Apply with 2-1-1

We can complete your entire CalFresh application over the phone and answer questions along the way. Once completed, we will also submit it on your behalf. At the end of the application, we’ll let you know what documents you may need to provide to the County. These documents are usually required to get CalFresh:

  • A copy of your ID
  • Proof of any income
  • Proof of immigration status (for non-citizens)
  • Proof of student status (for college students)

The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP)

The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) makes it easier for older adults to secure and stay enrolled with CalFresh. The new application requires less verification information, waives the renewal interview requirement, and extends the benefit period. We can help older adults in the San Diego region apply and submit an application over the phone. Schedule an appointment above or call 2-1-1 to get started! 

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Other Ways to Apply

What is CalFresh?


Restaurant Meals Program

The Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled, and homeless individuals and their spouses receiving benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants. Federal rules prevent all other CalFresh recipients from purchasing prepared food.

Look for participating restaurants displaying this sign:

Find a Participating Restaurant

EBT Online Purchases

Starting April 28, CalFresh recipients can use their EBT cards to make online purchases and request grocery delivery at approved retailers statewide (currently Amazon and Walmart).

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Pandemic EBT Benefits

Due to COVID-19, families who are eligible for CalFresh will get up to $365 per eligible child on a P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Related Resources

CalFresh Outreach materials from The California Department of Social Services:

This webpage was funded by USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal-opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.