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. 

Changes to CalFresh during COVID-19 related to:

Renewals: Your CalFresh Benefits will continue with no changes for March, April, May, and June 2020. This means that if your semiannual report form (SAR 7) or annual renewal was due in March, April, or May 2020, you do not have to turn it in or complete your interview. If you have turned in your March SAR 7 or renewal paperwork already, it will not be processed, and nothing will change. If your SAR 7 or renewal paperwork included information that would make your benefits go up, please call us at (415) 558-4700 to report this information over the phone. 

A CalFresh emergency allotment will be automatically added to your EBT card that will increase your CalFresh benefit to the maximum benefit amount allowed for your household size. All CalFresh households not already at the maximum allowable allotment based on household size are eligible to receive an emergency allotment. 

  • March allotment will be distributed around April 12, 2020.
  • April allotment will be distributed around May 10, 2020.

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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Free or 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.