Receiving CalFresh Benefits

What is CalFresh?
CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. For most households, CalFresh benefits are only part of their food budget. They must spend some of their own cash, along with their CalFresh benefits, in order to buy enough food for a month.
Individual and families may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, whether or not they work, if they have low income.
Applying for, and receiving, CalFresh will not affect a person’s immigration status or the immigration status of that family
 CalFresh Brochure
Who qualifies for CalFresh?
Specific eligibility requirements take into account an applicant’s citizenship, income, and other factors. Generally, services are available to low income individuals and families who are:
  • U.S. citizens, or  
  • Legal immigrants who:
    • Have lived in the country for five (5) years, or
    • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date, or
    • Are children under 18 years of age, regardless of entry date.
What are the requirements?
For households to receive CalFresh benefits, they must meet certain eligibility requirements in the following areas:
  • Citizenship/Immigration status,
  • Income,
  • Residence,
  • Work requirements, and 
  • Other information.
Renewing/Continuing CalFresh Benefits
All CalWORKs and/or CalFresh families, with the exception of Non-Quarterly Reporting (NQR) CalFresh households, are required to report once a quarter on the Quarterly Report (QR 7).
For information, or instructions on continuing or renewing your CalFresh benefits, click here.

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