ARE YOU INTERESTED IN STRETCHING YOUR FOOD BUDGET?
If so, you might be interested in CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps). If you qualify, you would receive a card that works like a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein, and other healthy foods. CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve health and nutrition of families with low incomes.
WHO CAN RECEIVE CALFRESH?
CalFresh is for all types of people that fit within the eligibility guidelines. CalFresh is not only for mothers or families with children. Fathers, single adults, people with disabilities, and seniors are also eligible for CalFresh. If a parent is ineligible, he or she can apply on behalf of his or her children.
CalFresh is an entitlement program. This means that all who apply and qualify will receive benefits and will not "take someone else’s place.” The USDA sets aside funds for the program, and because there is currently underparticipation in the program millions of dollars in benefits are being left unused.
When you apply, your income and many other factors are taken into account to determine whether or not you are eligible. By calling 2-1-1 Orange County, you can be prescreened for major eligibility criteria, helping you to understand if you might be eligible to receive CalFresh and to feel more prepared before you begin the application process.
HOW DOES CALFRESH WORK?
CalFresh benefits are deposited monthly on an EBT card that works like a debit card with a pin. You can check the balance online or over the phone. CalFresh benefits can be used almost anywhere food is sold, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, stores like Target and Costco, some ethnic markets, and some farmer's markets.
HOW MUCH CAN I RECEIVE IN CALFRESH BENEFITS EACH MONTH?
The amount you receive depends on your income, expenses, and family size. Maximum benefit allotments range from $194 for a single person to $1,169 for a household of eight.
WHAT IF I AM ALREADY RECEIVING NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE? CAN I APPLY FOR CALFRESH?
If you are already receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance on an EBT card, you are now automatically enrolled in CalFresh! Your benefits will continue without interruption and there is no need to also apply for CalFresh. The eligibility requirements remain the same, only the name has been changed to reflect the goal of the program and what it really is – a way for people to provide healthy food for their families.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- General Brochures 2-1-1 Orange County Materials
To apply for benefits directly through Orange County Social Services, click here.