Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Cal Fresh

CalFresh LogoCalFresh, 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:

Chico

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928


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Oroville

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


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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
800.400.0902
Children's Services - South County
800.400.0902
Adult Services - Countywide
800.664.9774

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803

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 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Saturday
7:30am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

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Apply in person at one of the Butte Community Employment Centers

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