Food Stamps • Food • Lowincome
CalFresh/SNAP benefits are made available through an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) which is very similar to a regular bank account debit card. Through the use of a card and personal identification number (PIN), the account can be accessed to purchase eligible food items at any retail outlet that displays the EBT logo. CalFresh/SNAP benefits are generally made available in the EBT account before the 11th of each month.
CalFresh/SNAP customers use the EBT card at the grocery store cash register or, it can also be used at many Farmers Markets to buy food. In most cases the card is used like a regular bank ATM card. The amount of the food purchase is automatically deducted from the CalFresh/SNAP EBT account.
View eligibility requirements.
- This service is free
How to Apply
Apply online, or apply in person at a local office.
When applying at a local office, bring the following documents:
- Photo ID
- Social Security Card
- Proof of Income **Additional materials may be required for application, office will provide instructions about submission of additional materials after initial meeting.