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Applying for CalFresh

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

Ways to apply

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:  All HSA service centers and outstations are temporarily closed. Please see the information below for how to apply during this time.

  • Online at GetCalFresh (EnglishEspañol) 
  • By phone at (415) 558-4700 to get your application started or for more information. You can also schedule an appointment for application assistance at 2EnrollMeSF.org.

  • By fax at (415) 355-2300

  • By mail at City and County of San Francisco, Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 7988, San Francisco, CA 94120-7988

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


  • Interviews /signatures: Interview and a written signature may be waived on your application. We will complete the process by phone, mail, or electronic means whenever possible. This is in effect until at least July 31, 2020.
  • 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: You should receive your card by mail in one week. The PIN may arrive in a separate envelope. Card pick-up is only available for those without access to a stable mail or phone situation.
  • 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.