CalFresh is a Federally funded program that helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. For most households, food stamps are only part of their food budget; they must spend some of their own cash along with their CalFresh in order to buy enough food for a month.
The amount of CalFresh 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.
CalFresh can be used to purchase:
Food for human consumption
Seeds and plants to grow food for household use
CalFresh cannot be used to purchase:
Any non-food item such as pet food; soaps, paper products and household supplies; grooming items and cosmetics
Vitamins and medicines
Any food that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods that are ready-to-eat
Any food marketed to be heated in the store
Who May Be Eligible
You may be able to get CalFresh benefits if you have a low income and:
Work full or part-time
Receive cash assistance or other assistance
Are elderly or disabled
A CalFresh household is an individual, family or group of people who purchase and prepare their food together. The household's income, property, and other factor's are used to determine CalFresh eligibility. Information about income, bank accounts, stocks, vehicles, residency and all other required information will be verified. Adults must be working or looking for work, unless they are exempt from doing so. Adult members of the household must have their fingerprints and photos taken before coupons can be issued, unless they are exempted.
Visit the Official California CalFresh Site
California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
CFAP is a state-funded CalFresh program for legal permanent noncitizens residing in the U.S., and determined ineligible for federal CalFresh benefits solely due to their immigration status.
How To Get Help
In Butte County the CalFresh program is operated by the Department of Employment and Social Services. Click here to find a link to the Butte Community Employment Centers. Or, you can learn mor or apply online using C4Yourself at https://www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/. This is a secured site and all your information will be private and safe.
Applications are accepted in person, by phone, and by mail, when the applicant is unable to get to an office. An interview with a worker will be scheduled to obtain facts and verify eligibility. Applicants are required to provide proof of income amounts and property value, citizenship status, social security number, shelter costs and information about work or school status. If applicants are elderly or disabled, they may need to provide proof of medical expenses.
At the interview, applicants are advised of the rules that must be met to be eligible for CalFresh. If the applicant(s) are determined to be eligible for CalFresh, they will be issued through the mail.
If an interpreter is needed please ask at the time an appointment is made so one can be made available for the interview. There is no cost to you for the services of an interpreter.
Checklist of items to take to the CalFresh Office
1. Proof of Citizenship
You MUST have an acceptable form of ID when you go for the interview to prove that you are a citizen of the United States. To prove citizenship, take your birth certificate, driver's license, work or school ID, or voter registration card. Due to new laws, if you are a legal alien, you may STILL be entitled to benefits. Please call or visit the CalFresh Office to ask about the new regulations.
2. Important Papers/Proof of Income
You will need to show relevant documentation to have your eligibility determined: among these are your personal ID, Social Security numbers for everyone in your household, bank books, pay stubs, payroll check receipts, copies of checks or benefit statements from your Social Security, pension, SSI or any other earned or unearned income. NEVER LIE OR WITHHOLD INFORMATION. The information you provide is checked against other government records and you could lose your benefits for a long time if you give false information.
3. Proof of Employment Status
You can work and still get CalFresh. However, you are probably not eligible for CalFresh if you recently quit a job for no reason or if you are on strike when you apply (unless you could have qualified before you went on strike). If you do get a job, you may be able to continue to receive most of your CalFresh depending on the amount of your wages. If you are not working, and you are in good health and between 18 and 50, you may be limited to the number of months you can get CalFresh.
4. Social Security Numbers
You will need Social Security numbers for every member of your household, including children, even if they are toddlers or infants. Since children may not have numbers, you should apply for CalFresh ANYWAY and ask the CalFresh worker to help you get numbers. You can also call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.