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Cal Fresh

Attention CalFresh Recipients

CalFresh LogoYour February 2019 CalFresh benefits may post to your EBT account early! Due to the Federal Government shut-down, if your case is eligible to February 2019 CalFresh benefits you may receive your benefits early. If you do not get your February CalFresh benefits early, and you are still eligible to CalFresh, you will receive your February benefits on your regularly scheduled day (the first ten days of February). Please budget these CalFresh benefits carefully because your next monthly benefits will not be available until March. 

¡Sus benefi cios de Febrero 2019 de CalFresh pueden estar disponibles en su cuenta de EBT temprano! Debido al cierre del gobierno federal, si su caso es elegible para recibir benefi cios de CalFresh durante el mes de febrero de 2019, usted podría recibir sus benefi cios temprano. Si no recibe sus benefi cios de Febrero temprano y aun es elegible para CalFresh, usted recibirá sus benefi cios en el día que regularmente los recibe (durante los primeros 10 días de Febrero).

Si recibe sus benefi cios de Febrero 2019 temprano, por favor de planear su presupuesto cuidadosamente porque no recibirá sus benefi cios de Marzo hasta la fecha que le corresponde. Koj cov nyaj muag noj rua lub ob hlis ntuj yuav tso tawm rua koj dlaim EBT ntxuv zog! Vim tsoom fwv qeb sab kaw tsi ua num, yog koj muaj feem tau nyaj muag noj rua lub ob hlis ntuj 2019. Koj yuav tau koj cov nyaj muag noj rua lub ob hlis ntuj ntxuv zog. Yog koj yeej muaj feem tau nyaj muag noj rua lub ob hlis tabsi ho tsi tau ntxuv zog, koj yuav tau koj cov nyaj muag noj lawv le ib txwm dlhau lug kws yog nub 1 moog txug nub 10 ntawm lub ob hlis ntuj. Thov ua tuab zoo txuag cov nyaj muag noj lub ob hlis ntuj vim koj yuav tsi tau nyaj muag noj moog txug thaum lub 3 hlis ntuj.

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CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. For most households, CalFresh benefits are only a part of their food budget. They must spend some of their own cash, along with their CalFresh Benefits, in order to buy enough food for the month. 

Individuals and families may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, whether or not they work, if they have low income. 

CalFresh benefits are given in the form of an Electronic Benefits (EBT) card, similar to a bank debit card.

Who Qualifies

Specific eligibility requirements take into account an applicant’s citizenship, income, and other factors. Generally, services are available to low income individuals and families who :

  • Are U.S. Citizens, or
  • Are Legal Immigrants who:
    • Have lived in the U.S. for at least five (5) years, or
    • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date, or
    • Are children under 18 years of age regardless of entry date.
  •  Meet Work and Income Requirements

How to Apply

Online:  Visit C4Yourself.com online to apply.  C4Yourself Logo

By Phone:  Call The Butte County Customer Service Center at 877.410.8803.

In Person:


Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Avenue                                                                Chico, CA 95926

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Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

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Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

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78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

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