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County of San Luis Obispo

Food Assistance

Calfresh (formerly known as SNAP)
CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) helps individuals and families purchase healthy food by providing a monthly stipend on an EBT card which can be used in grocery stores, online, and at some farmers’ markets.

Eligible individuals can get up to $204 per month based on income and allowable expenses, such as housing costs, medical costs, and MediCare costs.

Apply online in as little as 10 minutes at GetCalFresh.org.  To speed up your application, please be as complete as possible with the information you provide.

Apply at GetCalFresh.org

For additional questions, call your local DSS office:

  • Paso Robles: (805) 237-3110
  • Atascadero: (805) 461-6000
  • San Luis Obispo: (805) 781-1600
  • Morro Bay (805) 772-6405
  • Arroyo Grande: (805) 474-2000
  • Nipomo (805) 931-1800
CalFresh For Students

Cal Poly’s CalFresh Outreach Team guides students through food resources and the CalFresh application process. Services are available fully online. Schedule an appointment Mondays–Fridays, 8am–7pm. Learn more at CalFreshCalPoly.org

EBT Online

Now you can use your CalFresh EBT card to do your non-perishable grocery shopping online and have items delivered to your door. For more information, see the EBT Online Guide for SLO County in English and Spanish.

Market Match at Farmers' Markets

Market Match is a program that allows you to double your CalFresh EBT benefits (formerly known as food stamps) at Farmers’ Markets and supports local farmers.

How it Works:

  1. Go to one of the farmers’ markets listed below or find a participating market at FMFinder.org
  2. At the Farmers’ Market, look for the information booth or market manager who will exchange your CalFresh (EBT) dollars to tokens or vouchers
  3. CalFresh benefits are matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a $ maximum, per family, per market day. For example, a family could shop at the Templeton market on a Saturday, spend $15 of CalFresh EBT and receive an extra $15 for fruits and vegetables - a total of $30 to spend at the market. The family could then shop at the Paso Robles on Tuesday and do the same, for a total of $60 worth of local produce. 

Market Match Flyer (English & Spanish)

SLO County Farmers’ Market Locations (English & Spanish)

Farmers' Markets are operating as an essential service and are following specific guidelines for farmers' markets.  Stretch your food dollars using your CalFresh EBT card at participating markets. *Please note Thursday evening SLO Downtown Farmers' Market is cancelled until further notice.

Free Food Distribution Locations, Food Pantries and Meal Sites

For a complete list of sites near you, visit the Food Bank’s Online Food Locator: https://www.slofoodbank.org/food-locator/ 

Free School Meals in SLO County

See USDA "Meals4Kids" interactive map to find free meals for kids age 0-18 near you.

Women Infants & Children (WIC)

WIC can help provide healthy foods and resources for women that are pregnant, just had a baby or have children under the age of five. Learn more or text SLOWIC to 85511 

Meals for Seniors

Meals that Connect has meal service centers throughout San Luis Obispo County. Free meals are served Monday-Friday, 12 - 1 pm for individuals aged 60+. Call 805-541-3312 or visit mealsthatconnect.org for more information. 

   

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