Calfresh Programs FAQ

What is at the CalFresh Program?

The CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your housing expenses. CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a bank card at most food stores.

How do I apply for CalFresh?

Email our Community Outreach Coordinator, Gloria, at Or, give her a call at 209-229-6556.

If you would prefer to fill out an application yourself online you can Click Here.

If you would like more information regarding CalFresh or if you need help applying, fill out the form below. A staff member will call the phone number you provide.

How long does it take to get CalFresh Assistance?

The county has up to 30 days to approve or deny your application. If you need food before 30 days you may be eligible for expedited services.

Do I qualify?

If you would like to know if you qualify for CalFresh and would like an estimate of the amount of benefits you may be able to qualify for. Click Here and follow the steps. 

What can I buy and not buy with CalFresh Benefits?


  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Snack foods and beverages
  • Seeds and plants that grow food for your household

What you are NOT ABLE TO BUY:

Nonfood Items like pet foods, soaps and paper products, and household supplies
Vitamins and medicines
Hot foods or supermarket “ready-made” meals

Where can I use my CalFresh EBT benefits?
  • Most supermarkets, corner stores, and other grocers
  • Most farmer’s markets
  • Online purchases – Groceries can be purchased online at some stores such as Amazon, Walmart, and Instacart