Help with Grocery Bills

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) is used to purchase groceries. It’s available to many working families and can be worth several hundred dollars per month, depending on income and household size. The card works just like any other debit card.

Who Can Apply?
To be eligible for CalFresh, your household income must be the same or less than the amount listed below.

Household Size Gross Monthly Income* Maximum Monthly Allotment*
1 $1,980 $194
2 $2,670 $357
3 $3,360 $511
4 $4,050 $649
5 $4,740 $771
6 $5,430 $925
7 $6,122 $1,022
8 $6,816 $1,169
  *Effective as of October 2016 from CalFresh Fact Sheet 200% FPL
  Note:  The value of your home and/or vehicles does not affect your eligibility for CalFresh. Resources, which include assets such as autos, checking and savings accounts, stocks and bonds, and real estate, are exempt and not counted for the CalFresh program. You will need to report resources if you apply for emergency CalFresh benefits or to determine income that comes from these resources.  

To Apply for CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps)...

By Web: Click here for the MyBenefits CalWIN website to use the "See if I am Eligible" screener or to use the "Apply for Benefits" application to apply over the web. Use this option 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By phone:  Call the Food Assistance Service Center at (415) 558-1001 and follow the prompts to speak with a benefits consultant.

By fax or mail:  You may fax your application form to (415) 355-2300, or mail it to Food Stamps Program, P.O. Box 7988, San Francisco, CA 94120. Be sure to provide a good contact phone number and include the best time for a worker to call you to schedule an interview.

In Person:  You can visit our main offices at 1235 Mission Street between 8th and 9th Streets, San Francisco, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 12 - 1 p.m.) and ask for an application form. You may submit a completed application on the spot. To increase the chance of completing an interview and being certified the same day, you should apply at 1235 Mission between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  If there is an available slot for an immediate interview, you may be interviewed and certified the same day.

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