Health + Food CalFresh

Low-income individuals and households can use a CalFresh EBT card to buy food at retail food outlets, grocery stores, farmers markets, and some restaurants. 

Women buying walnuts

Checking Your Eligibility

Find out if you qualify for CalFresh before applying.

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Grocery Store Shopping with EBT

Applying for CalFresh

Learn how to apply for CalFresh and get ready to start using your benefits.

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A father shops for produce at a farmer's market with his son.

Using CalFresh

Learn how and where to use your CalFresh benefits to buy food and groceries.

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Shopping with EBT Card

Keeping CalFresh

Learn how to keep your benefits active and maintain your account.

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Family eating dinner

CalFresh Is Here When You Need It Most

CalFresh puts more food on your table — whether you're an immigrant or newly unemployed. You also get access to free job services and training to help with re-employment.

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Girl eating lunch

CalFresh for Immigrants: Frequently Asked Questions

Many immigrants are eligible for CalFresh food benefits. If you need food assistance, see our details on how to get CalFresh for you or your family members.

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Free and Discounted Services for HSA Program Recipients

Take advantage of free or affordable entertainment, transportation, food, and legal services available to HSA recipients throughout the City.

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For more information, to report a lost EBT card, or for questions about your benefits, call the Service Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (415) 558-4700.
You can also email the Service Center at 

To check your EBT card balance:
     Call 1-877-328-9677 and enter your 16-digit EBT number.
     Download the free Fresh EBT app for iPhone and Android.

Introducing CalFresh

Note: The video states that SSI recipients cannot receive CalFresh. This is no longer the case. CalFresh is now available to SSI recipients.