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Applying for CalFresh

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

Ways to apply

Required documents: Whether applying online or in person, you'll need to provide documentation of your income, residency, and identity. View the types of verification.

Next steps after applying

  • Get interviewed: HSA CalFresh will schedule your phone or in-person interview. The interview takes about 30 minutes to confirm application information.
  • Wait for determination: You will receive an approval or denial of your application within 30 days.
  • Need temporary food relief? You can request Expedited Services within three days if you're experiencing extremely low income, lack of resources, or extremely high housing expenses.  
  • Obtain your EBT card: The quickest way to get your card is at one of our three service centers (see maps below). Getting a card by mail can take one week and the PIN may arrive in a separate envelope.
  • Disagree with a determination? You can appeal your denial or benefit amount by calling (800) 952-5253, or by mailing the
    Appeals Unit, P.O. Box 7988, San Francisco CA 94120.