While we are proud to distribute a wide variety of healthy food, we know that there is great dignity in a person being able to purchase and choose their own. That is why we have staff that specialize in helping people navigate the process to apply for CalFresh (SNAP).
What is CalFresh?
CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is federally mandated and is state-supervised and county-operated. As the largest food program in California providing an essential hunger safety net, CalFresh benefits allows individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables and other healthy food items.
The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on the household's size, countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to purchase food at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards.
If you or someone you know needs more information on navigating the CalFresh process, please reach out to one of the Food Bank's outreach team members at 760-370-0966 or message them directly at their contact information below.