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Managing Agency California

Program Description

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) is an entitlement program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption. Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products.

General Program Requirements

For this program, you must be a resident of the state of California. Other factors of eligibility include citizenship and registration for employment.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$15,444
2$20,826
3$26,208
4$31,590
5$36,972
6$42,354
7$47,749
8$53,157


If your household includes a person with a disability, or someone over the age of 60, your eligibility is based on net income. Please see the websites below for further details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For detailed application information, visit http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/default.htm.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG847.htm and view the navigation menu to the left for details.