CalFresh (Food Stamps)

CalFresh is California’s “food stamps” program, providing money for low-income adults and their families to buy food. This program is part of the federal program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).[1471] Each county runs its own CalFresh program and issues food benefits (food stamps) in the form of a plastic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which looks and feels like a credit card. CalFresh includes the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides the same benefits as CalFresh but to noncitizen legal permanent residents (see PG. 449 for CFAP’s requirements).

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    See Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), U.S. Dep’t of Agric. Food & Nutrition Serv., http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap.

  1. Am I eligible for CalFresh?

  2. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get CalFresh?

  3. How do I apply for CalFresh?

  4. Can I apply for CalFresh while incarcerated?

  5. How do I receive my CalFresh benefits?

  6. Once I’m enrolled in CalFresh, what rules must I follow to stay eligible?

  7. I believe my CalFresh was wrongly denied or stopped. How do I appeal?