How Do I Apply for CalFresh?

Due to COVID-19, some SSA office locations have been closed, while others are available by appointment and/or with reduced hours of operation. Please click HERE to check current office availability.

You can apply for CalFresh online, by phone, mail, fax or in person.

Note: Complete as much of the application as you can. Your name,
address and signature are necessary to begin the application process.

Online

You may apply for CalFresh benefits online at the Benefits CalWIN web site

  • Get overview information on CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal

  • Check for potential eligibility to CalWORKs, CalFresh, and/or Medi-Cal

  • Report changes and/or renew benefits

  • Request a call back from a worker during normal business hours

  • Find Social Services Agency office locations and contact information

      

You may also apply for CalFresh benefits by downloading the CalWIN Mobile Application using either your IPhone or Android devices

  • Get overview information on CalWORKs, CalFresh, and Medi-Cal
  • Access your secure and private benefit information
  • Find Social Services Agency office locations and GPS directions

                

In Person

  • Applications for the CalFresh Program can be completed in person
  • To begin the process you will need to locate the Social Services Regional Center that serves your city or zip code.
  • You should be prepared to spend a minimum of two hours at the Social Services Regional Center
  • Unless there is an emergent need for medical care, benefits may not be issued the same day

By Phone (To request an application)

  • Apply during business hours at 1-800-281-9799
  • Get Social Services Agency office hours and locations
  • Obtain secure and private benefit information for CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and/or General Relief
  • Request a replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and/or Medi-Cal Card
  • Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

By Fax

  • You can fax your CalFresh application at 1-714-645-3489

Links 

For additional information about the CalFresh Program, please call the Service Center at 1-800-281-9799.