Head Start State Collaboration Office
CalFresh & SNAP
The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.
Who is it for?
CalFresh is for people with low income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.
Expansion of CalFresh to SSI/SSP Recipients!
Beginning June 1, 2019, recipients of SSI/SSP benefits may be eligible for CalFresh Food benefits for the first time! There is no change to the SSI/SSP monthly benefit. To learn about this policy change, see the Expansion of CalFresh to SSI Recipients Partner Flyer located here: (English) (Spanish).
For more information on how SSI recipients may apply for CalFresh Food benefits, visit CalFreshFood.org.
How to Apply
Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (pending).
Available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Russian.
For speech and/or hearing assistance call 711 Relay.
Find your county office contact.
Interpretation services available in all languages.
Reasonable accommodations available.
Already Getting CalFresh?
If you have questions or problems with your CalFresh benefits, contact your county social services agency.
Making America Strong
“Making America Stronger” commemorates the 30th anniversary of the reforms achieved by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 by telling the story of how food stamps dramatically reduced the extent of severe hunger in our country, how they continue to help Americans in need, and how this essential program can achieve still more. Watch the historic video.