CalFresh (Food Stamps)


Program Overview

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
  • Are legal immigrants who:
    • Have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years
    • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date
    • Are children under 18 years of age regardless of entry date
  • Meet work and income requirements

How to Apply

Pandemic EBT Card Expungement Reissuance Deadline Extended

The timeframe for families to request re-issuance of expunged benefits on P-EBT cards issued in 2021 (known as P-EBT 2.0) has been extended from August 1 to August 18, 2023. 

To request a reissue, families can contact the P-EBT 2.0 Expungement Helpline at 1-800-887-8230 (Monday – Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM) or visit the P-EBT website at and use the P-EBT Live Chat (Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM) to request a new card. These new cards should be received in late September through October. 

To qualify for a P-EBT Reissuance, families must have:

    Received a P-EBT 2.0 in 2021, and

    Not used any of the benefits on the card, causing the benefits to be expunged

When calling or chatting, make sure you have the following information ready:

    First and last name of the child(ren) you believe is eligible,

    Date of birth of the child(ren), and

    The address on file during the 2021 P-EBT 2.0 issuance