What is CalFresh?
CalFresh is a program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income individuals and families purchase the food they need to maintain adequate nutrition. Benefits are distributed via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, like a debit card, and can be used at most grocery stores and farmers’ markets. CalFresh benefits can also be used to purchase seeds and plant starts for household use.
Who is Eligible for CalFresh?
All U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Resident children may qualify to receive CalFresh benefits, regardless of where the parents were born. Parents may also qualify for benefits if all other program guidelines are met. Individuals with no children also may qualify. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on household size, gross monthly income, and who is cooking and preparing meals together.
How to Qualify for CalFresh
The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, childcare. For October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, the monthly income limits can be found here (in English) and here (in Spanish).
What We Do
Redwood Community Health Coalition has a team of Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) who can assist you with your CalFresh application or renewal. Our CECs can explain the documentation that is required, assist you with the application process, and let you know what to expect once the process is completed. Services are confidential and provided at no cost.