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Checking Your Eligibility

FInd out about your eligibility before starting the application process.

Who is eligible for CalFresh

Who must be included in the application

  • Anyone who purchases and prepares meals together
  • Everyone living at the address, such as husbands, wives, parents, and children under age 22

CalFresh Gross Monthly Income Requirements

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Before October 1, 2020 $2,082$2,820$3,556$4,292$5,030$5,766$6,502
After October 1, 2020$2,128$2,874$3,620$4,368$5,114$5,860$6,608

How benefit amounts are determined

Your household's benefit amount is based on your gross monthly income (above) and household size minus monthly expenses such as: 

  • Child support payments
  • Childcare expenses
  • Medical expenses (only if your household has at least one member who is age 60 or older or has a disability)
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utility and phone expenses

Household resources (such as investments, property ownership, and bank accounts) are exempt from your application requirements. However, any income generated from resources will count as part of your household’s total gross income.

Check your CalFresh eligibility in less than five minutes by answering just 10 simple questions from our partner mRelief.com.

Maximum benefit allotments

Each year, the maximum allowable benefit is adjusted based on the cost of living (COLA) increase. For more information, see the table below and the flyer: English | Spanish

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October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020 $194$355$509$646$768$921$1,018
October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021 $204$374$535$680$807$969$1,071

Expedited Service

More immediate food assistance is available on the third business day following your CalFresh application date. To qualify, you must provide identification and meet all other CalFresh requirements in addition to one of the following: 

  • Your household makes less than $150 in monthly income and has less than $100 on hand right now.
  • Your household's combined monthly income and money on hand are less than your household's combined monthly rent and utilities.
  • You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and have less than $100 on hand right now.

Emergency food assistance

 Emergency food boxes are not available while the 1235 Mission Street Service Center is closed. Please check back for updates.