Low-income individuals and families use CalFresh to purchase groceries at many food stores. CalFresh benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that looks like any other credit card. The amount of your benefits depends on your family size, income, and monthly expenses.
- Apply Online: C4Yourself, GetCalFresh.org or
- You may request an application in person, by phone, by fax, by mail, or at the California Department of Social Services - CalFresh Program website. Your application starts the day the county receives your signed application. You will receive an appointment by mail for an interview by phone or you may ask to complete your interview in person, or
- Apply in person at your local Human Services office, especially if you need CalFresh benefits right away, or call the CalFresh Application Line at (661) 631-6062. Leave your name and address and the application form will be mailed to you with a return envelope. Mail the completed, signed application forms in the envelope. Your application starts the day the county receives your signed application. You will receive an appointment by mail for an interview by phone or you may ask to complete your interview in person, or
- You can fax the completed, signed application form to (661) 631-6573. Your application starts the day the county receives your signed application form.
- Or by calling the Customer Assistance TeleCenter at 1 (877) 410-8812
At the time of your interview, please bring verification with you of your income and expenses. If you need assistance in obtaining this information, please discuss this with your CalFresh worker at the time of the interview. The following are examples of what to bring:
- Proof of identity (driver's license, etc.), alien status.
- Social Security Numbers for all household members.
- If employed, proof of income (wage stubs, earning statements, etc.) for the past 30 days.
- Medical expenses for income deduction purposes (voluntary not mandatory).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
As the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the nation, particularly among low-income individuals. The goal of SNAP-Education (Ed) (Healthy Choices) is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP (or CalFresh) will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. The Kern County Department of Human Services partners with other organizations in order to provide nutrition and physical activity education services to CalFresh participants and those potentially eligible. The project focuses on areas within Kern County with a high number of CalFresh participants (130% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and also populations at or below 185% FPL) as well as areas that are entirely devoid of CalFresh nutrition education services.
Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future
Habit 1 - Vary Your Veggies
Habit 2 - Focus on Fruits
Habit 3 - Get Your Calcium-Rich Foods
Habit 4 - Make Half Your Grains Whole
Habit 5 - Go Lean with Protein
Habit 6 - Watch Your Fats, Sugar, and Salt
Habit 7 - Balance What you Eat with Physical Activity
Choose MyPlate is your access point to USDA's guidance on food and nutrition.