Calfresh Program

Calfresh 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 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.
How do I apply for CalFresh?
Call our Programs Manager, Helen Anderson at 209-490-5175 or email him at handerson@secondharvest.org to set an appointment.
What is the amount of CalFresh Benefits I will receive?

The amount of benefits a low-income person or family can receive is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The plan estimates how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals. The estimates are revised every year to keep pace with changes in food prices. The average amount of benefits received per household is about $200 per month.

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