CalFresh Food Assistance
What is this service?
What is this service? CalFresh is a federal nutrition program for low-income individuals and families that can help households buy healthy foods and seeds. Formerly known as the food stamp program and federally known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), this program provides a monthly nutrition benefit which is used via an Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT)card similar to a debit card. The benefit is used to purchase groceries at markets, small retailers and even farmer’s markets.
Who can use this service?
Citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are legally residing in the U.S. are eligible to apply for CalFresh. A CalFresh Household may be a family, an individual, or anyone that purchases food and prepares meals together. Generally, you must meet certain residency and income requirements to qualify for the program.
Benefits are based on household size and income. Pre-screen to see if you may be eligible or apply at MyBenefits CalWIN. There are many myths about CalFresh eligibility. Please don't assume that you can't qualify: talk to us, or check out these Myths & Facts About CalFresh.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
What is the process?
Step 1: Apply for CalFresh
You can apply for CalFresh in person Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at any County of San Luis Obispo Social Services office.
You can also apply online at My Benefits CalWIN.
You may also download an application, complete and return mail, FAX or bring the application in to the local County Social Services office.
When and where is this service offered?
It is easy to apply. Apply in person Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at any County of San Luis Obispo office, online at My Benefits CalWIN or you can download an application, fill it out and either mail, FAX or bring it into your local county office.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Morro Bay Social Services
600 Quintana Road Morro Bay , CA 93442
Tel: (805) 772-6405
Fax: (805) 772-6409
SLO Social Services- Higuera
3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Arroyo Grande Social Services
1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444
Atascadero Social Services
9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles Social Services
406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
Are medical expenses a deduction for seniors and disabled people?
Yes, there are special rules and deductions for seniors (60 years or older) and disabled people.
Can I get CalFresh if I am in college?
You may be able to qualify for CalFresh if you are in college. See the CalFresh Student Flyer for details. Even if you do not qualify, others in your household may.
CalFresh Student Flyer (Spanish)
Can I get CalFresh if I am not working?
Yes. However, if you're able to work, you may be required to register for job training.
Can I get CalFresh just for myself if I live with my family or with others?
People who live together and purchase food and prepare meals together are grouped as a "household". Husbands and wives and their children under age 22 must be one household.
Can only families with children receive CalFresh?
CalFresh is for eligible individuals & families including older adults.
See Myths & Facts about Calfresh for Older Adults
How long will it take to process my application?
All CalFresh applications must be processed as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) calendar days following the date the application was filed.
What is CalFresh Expedited Service?
CalFresh Expedited Service means you can get your CalFresh in three (3) days if you are eligible by meeting special expedited criteria. Ask your worker if you are eligible for expedited services.
Contact Social Services
Child and Adult Hotline Information:
- If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
- To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)
- To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011