CalFresh Food Assistance

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 GetCalFresh.org or 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. 

For Expedited Services and Minimum Requirements to apply for CalFresh, please click DSS CF 11 (English) / DSS CF 11 (Spanish).

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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Social Services

Child 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)

Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • 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
  • Mandated Reporter