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CalFresh Applying for CalFresh


Prepare to apply

See our Check Your Eligibility page for qualification requirements 


Ways to apply

Required documents:  View the types of verification you will need to provide


After you apply

  • Get interviewed.
    An in-person interview and written signature may be waived on your application during COVID-19 .
    We will complete the process by phone, mail, or electronic means whenever possible. 
  • Receive approval or denial of your application within 30 days by mail.
    • Need immediate food assistance after submitting your application? 
      Call (415) 558-4700 to request Expedited Services within three days if you're experiencing a lack of income, resources, or extremely high housing expenses.   
  • Receive your EBT card by mail in one week once approved.
    Your card PIN may arrive in a separate envelope. Card pick-up is available for those without access to a stable mail or phone.
  • Disagree with a determination or benefit amount? Contact us. 
    You can submit an appeal by calling (800) 952-5253, or by mailing the Appeals Unit, P.O. Box 7988, San Francisco CA 94120.